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Here some pics of my latest creatiions. I finally got a decent final product. I used 4/0-5/0 Owner DeepThroat Hooks. I noticed that when trying to pour three jigs at once, the mold would not close completely. This caused the jigs to have a little extra lead on them. I had to remove the lead after. I also noticed that when using the 5/0 Owner hooks i had better pours.( on all three sizes) Maybe the 4/0 don't fit well. Any suggestions or comments?

Note: Using 5/8, 3/4 & 1 oz brush jig mold

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Southtexasbassin,

Your jigs look really good. Nothing wrong with them and a good choice of colors.

Now here is the answer to your question.

Just for the sake of sanity, it is quicker and easier to pour one cavity at a time, finish all of those and then go on to the next cavity finish those and so on. The reason being is this. When you try to put 3 hooks in 3 different cavities, it takes longer to line them up, and no sooner you think you have them lined up, you go to close the mold and one shifts and now you can't close the mold. So you open it again and check to se the problem. You find it and start all over again.

Now to answer your problem with your 5304 hooks:

The 5304 hooks although they are 60°, are not made to initially fit that mold. What is happening is this. The Mustad 32786 hooks that are made to fit that mold have a bigger inside diameter in the hook eye. When the mold was cast it was fitted for the Mustad hook based on hook size in relation to cavity size. So what you are experiencing is this. When you try to put a 5/0 or 4/0 hook in any of the three cavities you mentioned, they really don't fit correctly, because the 5304 hooks have a smaller inside diameter than the Mustad hooks do. What this does is when you put the 5304 hook in the cavity, the hook eye does not sit all the way down in the mold cavity, because the centering pin that holds the hook eye in the mold is too big in diameter to accept the #5304 hook. So when you put those hooks in, they ride really high on the pin, making you unable to fully close the mold. Now if you try this on all three cavities, it will be even worse, because now you have to deal with three hooks that don't fit properly.

So here is my only suggestion, to make these hooks work for you, without getting mold gaps and flash from excess lead. Take a small file and carefully file away the centering pin on the mold halves, to accomodate your #5304 hooks. Take it slow and easy and only take off enough so the hook you want to fit will go over the centering pin. Now once you've done that, you will be able to use your standard hooks and the #5304's. Also you will notice, that your standard hooks will be a little sloppier in the cavity, because of the reduced pin size. Don't sweat the details, it will pour fine, and the hooks will still stay in place. If you need pics on what to do or a better explanation, PM me and I will discuss it further with you.

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If you need pics on what to do or a better explanation, PM me and I will discuss it further with you.

Gonna need the help

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Gonna need the help

Not a problem, received your PM. Will have all your answers for you tonight.

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Looks awesome, I love the 4th one!

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