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It's an Ozark slick minnow. What colors and strategy would you use to paint it on a blank. Also, I plan on making it for my grandfather for shallow creek smallies, so is there blank vision 110's that float up fast? Not a fan of the slow floaters in shallow creeks. Doesn't have to be a vision 110 blank.

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Don't paint a river slick.  Just hook it and fish it!  LOL  Sorry couldn't resist.  I have caught some big trout on those things!

 

I don't know anything about blanks, but Ima Flit has a good river jerkbait, as it doesn't dive deep and floats back up fast.  Also check out bomber long-a's, Smithwick rogues and countdown rapalas.

 

Jeff

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It's an Ozark slick minnow. What colors and strategy would you use to paint it on a blank. Also, I plan on making it for my grandfather for shallow creek smallies, so is there blank vision 110's that float up fast? Not a fan of the slow floaters in shallow creeks. Doesn't have to be a vision 110 blank.

Well the best way to paint a blank is with air brush, I don't know how to do all that. BUT I do paint my blanks. I have several techniques and yes they catch bass. 

1 method is with Nail Polish. These are the more simple ones. If I want 1 or two colors, add some shine, glitter and bam you have a lure.

2nd method is with Acrylic Paint. Yes several paint brushes ranging from thick tips to thin ones. You can get as detailed as you want but it is a ton of work you need to wait for each layer to dry before moving on to the next. I start with a white base then start adding layers, darker and darker. For example on that little fella you have a light colored belly, a dark middle and a less dark top. So you paint the entire lure with the lighter color. Sometimes it takes 2 layers to get rid of the white. You then paint the top half the darker color, then the middle with the darkest color. Once you are done with that you can add some glitter, then coat it with 2 coats finger nail enamel Fast Dry(Clear) and then a nail hardner, also clear. If you apply the nail polish and hardner right the acrylic won't come off.

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1. Base coat white on entire bait

2. Transparent Gold about half way down the body

3. Light black about 1/3 down the back and on the centerline of the back

4. take an old scrubby thing from the shower, preferably not your wifes, and cut into usable squares 3-4" long and a couple inches wide. Drape it over the entire bait and hold in place with alligator clips.  Paint over the black area with Olive green, fairly light coat no need to over do-it.  Let it set up before removing the netting or you will pull the paint off. (I normally heat soak each color with a hair dryer, being careful because the netting will shrink if it get too hot) remove netting.

5. Using an old toothbrush, again not your wife's or GF's. add some black paint and flick it on the sides until you get the desired effect.

6. Little burnt umber of orange on the tail for the back fin effect.

7. Add eyes either a sticker type or paint using a q-tip.

Clear coat it with your favorite clear coat and let cure a couple days, add hooks and go fishing!

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Don't paint a river slick.  Just hook it and fish it!  LOL  Sorry couldn't resist.  I have caught some big trout on those things!

 

I don't know anything about blanks, but Ima Flit has a good river jerkbait, as it doesn't dive deep and floats back up fast.  Also check out bomber long-a's, Smithwick rogues and countdown rapalas.

 

Jeff

They're not too bad for flatheads either!

1. Base coat white on entire bait

2. Transparent Gold about half way down the body

3. Light black about 1/3 down the back and on the centerline of the back

4. take an old scrubby thing from the shower, preferably not your wifes, and cut into usable squares 3-4" long and a couple inches wide. Drape it over the entire bait and hold in place with alligator clips.  Paint over the black area with Olive green, fairly light coat no need to over do-it.  Let it set up before removing the netting or you will pull the paint off. (I normally heat soak each color with a hair dryer, being careful because the netting will shrink if it get too hot) remove netting.

5. Using an old toothbrush, again not your wife's or GF's. add some black paint and flick it on the sides until you get the desired effect.

6. Little burnt umber of orange on the tail for the back fin effect.

7. Add eyes either a sticker type or paint using a q-tip.

Clear coat it with your favorite clear coat and let cure a couple days, add hooks and go fishing!

Thanks! I'll have to give this a try when I get everything to do it. After buying everything for building rods and making jigs, it might be a while.

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