Went fishing yesterday at Atwood and used Vib-Es and jig combos for hours with very few results. Tied on one of my gold/pink spin blades and started catching crappie and LM bass right away. Maybe it was the pink or just the timing of the bite but either way I'm pretty happy and am starting to have some confidence using them. Out of 16 fish caught, I think 11 or more came on those things.
The two best times to fish are when it's raining, and when it isn't.
I originally drew my blade out on cad and then I had them cut on a laser for my mold. They were made out of 6061T6 aluminum. This aluminum is very hard, and these vibrate like crazy. The aluminum is very light and reacts really well with water and a heavey lead belly.
Hi cadman!! I was Wondering,,today,,of our conversations over "blade-baits,,back in January,,this year& I was just wonderi'n did you hollow-out the belly area,,then "pour" the lead into the cavity?? ----->>>>>sonar<<<<<-----
Hi cadman!! I was Wondering,,today,,of our conversations over "blade-baits,,back in January,,this year& I was just wonderi'n did you hollow-out the belly area,,then "pour" the lead into the cavity??
What I did was have the aluminum blanks made that fit in the Do-It mold. There are two different style of blanks that fit that mold. I made them, both out of aluminum, as when I did testing on it, the aluminum vibrated more because it was lighter. When you pour in the Do-It mold, the lead fills on the outside of the blanks. I will try to post some pics of them when I find some.
I appreciate your reply... And I can understand your method... But,,,, I also would like to see some pics,,of the process,&lures,as I'm sure others will look at them too.. Thanks cadman!! ----->>>>>sonar<<<<<-----
I SEE!! That's the way to join the lead,,to the aluminum,,by casting around it.. I'll BET they will shimmy quite-well!! With the alum.,,profile... Very nice/practical,,approach...i do,,remember now,,seeing them again,,from a year or so back,,when you had posted them.. Thank YOU cadman!! ----->>>>>sonar<<<<<-----
Yes the aluminum makes them lighter, and they vibrate like crazy. The 6061- T6 aluminum alloy in my drawing below, is hard aluminum, this keeps the aluminum from bending and also from getting knicked up. If you look at the two drawings I made, you will see the actual blade profile. On one of the blades, I had my name cut in the body of the blade.
Nice deal !! The 'lil EXTRAS,, engravings,,those are sweet!! I appreciate your thought,, & layouts/schemes.,,of your the process,,& all the work you put into them!! Very Orderly!! I like 'em cadman!! Thanks for posting!! ----->>>>>sonar<<<<<-----
Yes, they worked out really well for me. If anyone wants a .DXF file so they can have them lasered, then they can PM me. Naturally on the big one I will take my logo off so when they laser both parts, they will not have any writing on them. Enjoy
Very Generous of you cadman!! & thanks for the offer,,I'll keep,this page for future reference.. & meanwhile,, I'll be whittling on my stainless steel attempts of fish foolers AND,,I'll be Going to Berlin,,Sat.,afternoon,,for some more "Field testing".. I haven't been out enough these past 3-4 months,,and I'm pretty stoked-up to do so,,over the next weeks ahead ,,with the fair weather reports,,that have been forecast,,it really looks like we will have some great chances,, to get some quality time on the water!! This is most likely,, the last GOOD weather I think we will have this season.... Get out & enjoy it,,I will!! ----->>>>>sonar<<<<<-----