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First bass on my home made chatter bait

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First large mouth of the year from Murphy lake michigan on Easter Sunday.  Makes it even sweeter that I caught it on a chatter bait I poured ( do-it mold), painted, cured, and assembled. Jig is silver, skirt silver and black, with a 2.5 inch twister tail for a trailer.  I lost another about the same size.  Made it all worth while is both nailed the lure as 2 separate group of guys came motoring up to ask how I was doing .  

 

Now I eventually need a differnt mold to eliminate the split ring.  Also, the wire on the blade for attaching to the main line was all bent by hand ( kinda a pia) however, I see lire parts on line has a rosco  drop shot clip that is very similar to what the name brand ones use.  I’ll be ordering those on Thursday 

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I use a modified poison jig mold to pour mine without the split ring. They're much more of a hassle to do, and I feel like I catch more big fish on the ones with the split ring though.

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Only issue I have is some times it doesn’t want to start vibrating right away. Also it dosnt start re-vibrating after impacting a rock or log in the water.  I might try down sizing the split ring and see what happens 

.  I think the next one I make is going to be a green pumpkin one 
 

 
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17 hours ago, Mbirdsley said:

Only issue I have is some times it doesn’t want to start vibrating right away. Also it dosnt start re-vibrating after impacting a rock or log in the water.  I might try down sizing the split ring and see what happens 

.  I think the next one I make is going to be a green pumpkin one 
 

 
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A #2 split ring is the size you need. Try experimenting with bending the end of the blade to get better vibration. I bend all of mine that I make with the split rings and get much better vibration and faster start up that way. 

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4 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Try experimenting with bending the end of the blade to get better vibration. I bend all of mine that I make with the split rings and get much better vibration and faster start up that way. 

I've made a few cheap blade baits, and I've found bending the blade is necessary on some more than others. It's like a tuning thing. The trailer/weight can even have an effect on it. Some times less of a bend gives faster start-up, sometimes it's the opposite, but it definitely has a major effect.

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Congratulations! There aren't many feelings to experience that are as satisfying as catching fish with a lure you made.

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On 4/23/2019 at 6:24 PM, islandbass said:

Congratulations! There aren't many feelings to experience that are as satisfying as catching fish with a lure you made.

second that

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On ‎4‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 6:24 PM, islandbass said:

Congratulations! There aren't many feelings to experience that are as satisfying as catching fish with a lure you made.

Agreed!

 

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Caught two more on my chatter baits.  This time a green and white one with.  It was a 17 inches.  Might be a female seems way fatter than 16 inch one I caught last week 

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One on the left

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Any body bought the Chinese blades off of eBay?  You get 50 of the for like 10 bucks and free shipping just takes a month.  Any feed back? 

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On 4/27/2019 at 8:22 PM, Mbirdsley said:

Caught two more on my chatter baits.  This time a green and white one with.  It was a 17 inches.  Might be a female seems way fatter than 16 inch one I caught last week 

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One on the left

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Any body bought the Chinese blades off of eBay?  You get 50 of the for like 10 bucks and free shipping just takes a month.  Any feed back? 

I buy all my blades off Aliexpress, I believe it's probably the same guy that sells them on Ebay, I think it's countbass. Make sure you pay close attention to the size because they sell a ton of different sizes and shapes and I'm not sure you'll have any luck exchanging them. 

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1 hour ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I buy all my blades off Aliexpress, I believe it's probably the same guy that sells them on Ebay, I think it's countbass. Make sure you pay close attention to the size because they sell a ton of different sizes and shapes and I'm not sure you'll have any luck exchanging them. 

yeah I would expect zero chance of exchanging them if they are wrong

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Here is the newest chatter bait I call blue gill.  I bought some already made zman blue gill skirts from LPO.

 

The powder paint is called anti-freeze.  I’m preatty sure the paint is pro tech but, it dosent have a mfg name on the bottle.  The paint was bought  from TJ’s tackle which, deals mainly in walleye stuff tackle and jig making m) I may go with Jannsnetcraft water Mellon next time ( forgot I had that color) . 

 

I’m actually getting preatty good at bending the wire to form a loop for the snap to hook onto and it’s becoming more eye pleasing.  I’m just using a pair of round bend plyers.  For the wire I’m using a .030 dia 4 inch long open eye stainless piece.  I start by putting the open eye through the blade than twisting down than around with the plyers.  Than I go maybe 1/2 and form the eye with the plyers usually wrapping it 2-3 times around the wire.

 

I’m having fun. I dunno if I’m saving money but, I can make more with the same money rather than 5 bucks a pop at Walmart for the regular z man ones. If I loose one I just make another. When the fish bite they hammer them.  61D0D18A-1B98-4CD8-804E-4B7C0AADA4C9.thumb.jpeg.88f99d91b83ce7babffa36f519b5e51c.jpeg

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