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Anyone use nail polish??

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Now i know the topic sounds a little wierd but youll get it in a second.

I bought some red fingernail polish and painted or enlarged (if already painted on) gills on my lures and then put some red trailing from the gills and put red hooks on these baits. Now i think i heard someone tell me that thy did this but im not sure. I was just wondering if anyone else did this and if you did how it worked?

PS: If your gonna try this make sure you dont screw up becuase fingernail polish remover rubs the finish of the bait as quick as it does the nail polish.

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i know many guys who do this to their cranks and topwater lures.  i use clear glitter polish for many of my lipless cranks and some of my topwater lures.  i paint the bottom half of my cranks and the bottom of the topwater lures.  for spooks and chug bugs, painting the bottom gives the lure a little flash and i have had very good results with this on partly cloudy days.

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I use Hard As Nails to lock in the knots that I tie with my flies, so that they will not come undone.  

Most times, I use Sharpies.  The point allows me to be precise with where I put the color.  I use these on spinnerbaits, cranks, jerkbaits, and soft plastics.

However, the nail polish is a great idea.  I would, once I used the colored polish, go back over with it with the clear polish, to lock the color in and protect it.  

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I use sharpies also.  Clear coat over it wouldn't hurt but if it gets worn out, I just color it again.  I only use red or black.

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Beaware doing this will change the design action of the bait. I am not saying that it's not a good thing, just making you aware of that. I f I had a bait that is catching fish I would not do anything with that one.

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I would, once I used the colored polish, go back over with it with the clear polish, to lock the color in and protect it.

who said women couldn't contribute to the sport! or enjoy it either?   ;D

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I have a friend who makes his own in-line spinners using bullet weights and a tool that he bought at Cabellas.  He tried all kinds of paints, but found that they didn't hold up after banging on the rocks at Lake of the Ozarks.  One night he saw a commercial on television about nail polish that wouldn't chip and started using his wife's.  Now he is a regular customer of the Avon Lady -- ding-dong ;)

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I use fine point sharpies, and I use my colored garlic scent markers which works well.  I continually mark my trebles with the red which adds scent, and no mess ever!!!!!

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I've used finger nail polish for  years to enhance or even repaint baits. It dries quick and is easier to carry than model paint. You would really have to apply a real heavy coat to alter the action of a bait. Not saying  you couldn't but it would take a bunch. At least I haven't noticed any change in the action by painting them

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i will sometimes use nail polish to paint blades and wire on spinnerbaits

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no but I knew this guy who used to fish wearing ladies Knickers buts thats for another forum

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I learned that trick from my dad 40 years ago.  Growing up with 3 sisters and now having 2 daughters I've learned to use nail polish for other things too. I keep some in my toolbox and tackle box. Kids don't seem to use good 'ol RED much anymore though.

I cracked a Rapala minnow earlier this year and sealed the crack with red nail polish. It looks injured, but the crack changed the action of the retrieve to a near spin. I'm sure I'll find a time when it comes in handy.

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I put red nail polish on my bullet weights, and I have increased my worm fishing productivity, but can't prove it's a factor. I swear by red hooks, which of course are already red. Wonder why they don't make red bullet weights? Do they make them?  :-/

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