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Fish and Wild Game Recipes / Re: Makin bacon.... again.
« Last post by ctom on Yesterday at 22:15 »
I use those found at our local Mernards Building Center. $14.99/box of 100 for pints and quart bags.
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Hi,

Anyone know where I can find used Plastic bait molds for sale?

Thanks in advance!!!
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Request a Lead Mold / Re: small jigging spoon blanks
« Last post by Agronomist_at_ia on Yesterday at 21:22 »
I'd love to see a mold toss one or both of these guys.



The bait at the top is 1/32 ounce and the other is 1/16. Both take a wire insert.

I know the person who spin cast thousands of both of these for the respective companies. In fact he held the trademark on the gold bait's name for years but has let it lapse. I have a bag of blanks of maybe 200 of the top lure, gold plated. I make a few up each year to use in open water. Both are deadly when jigged vertically with a plastic tail.

Send pics/measurements/weights to the Ukrainian and he’ll have it to you in a month or less. Guy blew me away. He is now my go to preferred mold company.
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Request a Lead Mold / Re: Any plans for an Ice jig?
« Last post by Agronomist_at_ia on Yesterday at 21:18 »
Few pics painted.
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Request a Lead Mold / Re: Any plans for an Ice jig?
« Last post by Agronomist_at_ia on Yesterday at 21:16 »
Ukrainian is on fire with his molds.
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Fish and Wild Game Recipes / Re: Makin bacon.... again.
« Last post by MT204 on Yesterday at 20:18 »
Ok sir.
Guess I'm gonna have to try an make bacon. :D
Just out of curiosity what brand of vacuum bags do you use?
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General Discussion / Re: Interesting observation
« Last post by ctom on Yesterday at 20:09 »
What inconsistencies have you heard of? Just curious. I don't follow too much to the tackle facebook stuff.
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Request a Lead Mold / Re: small jigging spoon blanks
« Last post by bigjim5589 on Yesterday at 19:11 »
I have a mold, bought from someone on Ebay, that pours 1/32 & 1/16 oz spoons like that, but have not used it much yet. It came with eyes, that were home made from copper wire and I need to get or make forms for it, as the eyes don't pour very well. Unlike a sinker eye, they don't fit the mold very well, and with the spoon so small, I get poorly formed spoons. No one here ice fishes, we don't get ice, but I would think they could be used for jigging as an alternative to regular Crappie jigs.
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General Discussion / Re: Interesting observation
« Last post by bigjim5589 on Yesterday at 19:03 »
I think the Victory hooks compare more favorably to the Mustad version. I try not to use the EC, because of their inconsistencies and the wire is lighter. Some folks still want them, but when they give me the choice, I'll use the Mustad or Victory hooks.

I've read several complaints about Victory hooks on FB, but have not seen any problems myself. I think so far, I've got one deformed hook, and I've gotten that from Gamakatsu hooks. I've also not gotten any complaints from my customers, so that tells me more than FB posts.
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General Discussion / Interesting observation
« Last post by ctom on Yesterday at 17:19 »
I finally landed a size 6 in the Victory ;ile up of 90 degree jig hooks. I was curious how one would look when set side by side with a #6 Lil Nasty. The Lil Nasty is on the right side. Just a wee bit of difference. Most noticeable when the hooks are laid side by side in a mold, in this case the CRJ-8-3224, the leg of the Victory hook places the eye well into the cavity for the eyes while the Lil Nasty's eye is tight to the edge of the eye cavity, tight to the ballhead side. I like the extra length of the leg from the head to the eye when painting. The over-all length of the Victory hook is longer than that of the Eagle Claw as well, again to my liking. The gap in the hook is a smidge wider too which doesn't hurt my feelings much. I think the initial angle bend at the gap is slightly more noticable in the Victory hooks too: a sharper transition than the smoother transition is the Nasty's. All told, I am liking the looks of these hooks.

I laid out ten of each of these different hooks side by side, much like the picture and without exception the Victory hooks were more consistent all around. I have had the occasion to fish Victory's #4 sickle and they are great, but the #6 is what I use the most of. These hooks will be used with the wire inserts and when I laid the wires in next to the Victory hooks they all laid in tight to the hook's shank. The Lil Nasty hooks are looser in the mold and the wires can skew a bit during casting which makes for a dud head. As always, the proof is in the puddin and what comes from the mold using these Victory hooks will render the final yea or nay. I'm thinking Yea already.

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