How do you stop swimbaits from splitting open

jigstickjeff

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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.
 

jigstickjeff

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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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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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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.
Thanks gonna give this a try! Seen the guy from AA worms use something like this in a video.
 

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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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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.
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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