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Repairing Soft Plastics

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I read a lot on here about plastics that are effective yet too soft so they rip easy and this and that. This is especially for you senko guys. I'm sure some of you repair your baits and it may have been posted but from reading some of your posts a lot of you just throw your soft plastics away after fishing them. If you just put a designated bag in your boat or tackle bag and just throw all your used plastics in it then you may keep yourself busy on a rainy day or during the winter when you can't go fishing.

I'm talking about repairing your baits by melting them back into shape. It would be better if you had enough money to buy a melting pot and a couple molds but this is for those who don't want to go that route.

All you need is a lighter and some kind of metal. I find a knife works best but as you can see in the picture below I just used a spinnerbait wire.

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As you can see I'm fixing a Mission Fish. I've now used this Mission Fish on multiple trips including a 30+ trip on Guntersville and a 20+ trip at a small lake at home catching smallmouth. I've fixed this thing at least 6 or 7 times.

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You can see that a big hole opens up from the hook. All you have to do is heat up the end of the wire and slide it along the edges to melt the plastic then push the two halves together. Then smooth out the top a little. It may take longer then you think with a regular lighter to heat up the metal to keep it hot enough to melt the plastic.

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It may not come out looking exactly like it first did but do you think the fish really care?

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You can also use Mend-It Soft Bait Glue to melt the parts together without getting burned fingers. Takes a lot less time and effort too.

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Been meaning to try it. I've found the melting method pretty easy with no burns so far but always looking for ways to improve.

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I'll give that a try on my Senko's. I tried the Pro's Soft Bait Glue and could not get it work.

Thanks, Hookset ;)

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    Cool idea.  I will have to try that.

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Did anyone mention Mend-it yet?  ;D

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