How do you stop swimbaits from splitting open

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  1. jigstickjeff

    jigstickjeff Well-Known "Member"

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    What do you swimbait guys do to your swimbaits to stop them from splitting when using bigger leadheads?
     
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    Crazy glue.
     
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    MEND-IT...
     
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    Have you guys tried hollowing out the swimbaits prior to leadhead?
     
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    i dont see any reason why it wouldn't help. you should be gluing your swimbaits regardless of splitting, helps them stay on the hook so much better
     
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    I spoke with the guys from Madame Lure at FHS they said they use a hot nail to hollow out the swimbaits.
     
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    Never thought of that.... Any size in particular?
     
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    Depending on the size of the leadheads. We were talking about using a 3oz shad head with their largest swimbait.
     
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    I use a piece of brass tubing of the appropriate size and hollow out yhe bait up to where the hook will come out. I just sharpen one end on my grinder.
     
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    Thanks gonna give this a try! Seen the guy from AA worms use something like this in a video.
     
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    Heat up the hook and it will melt the plastic around the hook
     
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    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yep. I do the same. 1/8" hard tubing usually.
     
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    mcrae I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I use Bad Donkey lead heads. They are designed to fish Big Hammer baits on the bottom. I have used up to a 7 ounce head without splitting the plastic.
     
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    x2 on the heat and when they tear use either
    super glue or at home melt some used baits and drip into the tear
     
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    Heating the hook to much can weaken it or make it brittle hence making it prone to failure. The size of the tubing depends on the size of the lead head shank.
     
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    You dont blast it with a torch until it turns red. Use a lighter for a few seconds. Doesn't take much heat to melt plastic. The hook will be fine
     
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    Go to a hobby store and buy some 1/8 "brass tubing and some 1/2 or larger wooden dowel for a T handle. Cut the tubing in 3 to 4" pieces and the dowel at about 4" pieces. Drill 1/8 inch holes in the dowel as a T handle and epoxy the tubing into the hole in the dowel. Make a bunch as everyone will want one.

    Just insert the tubing in the swimbait and when you think it is in far enough, just drive it out the side of the swimbait. The lead head will not split the swimbait then. I have used this technique in San Quintin for a dozen years now with2 oz lead heads in 5 inch MC swim baits.
     
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    I use a cordless drill with an 1/8 in. drill bit.
     

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