The Baits I make

DanGagner

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Daniel Gagner
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I began making hard baits a few months ago when this virus thing hit. I have pictures and videos of the builds. I'll post some of them here.

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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
A lipless crankbait. My first one. This video shows it's build in it's entirety.

 
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DanGagner

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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
I attempted a mid body planing bait to see if I could get a stable fast diving bait. It didn't work but it's pretty! See the complete failure build in this video.

 
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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
A short while back I decided to go with UV resin instead of epoxy for the final coating on my baits. I built a curing chamber using two fingernail hardening lights. It was inexpensive and it is very effective. It's all I use now to finish them. A great success.

Here is the complete build of this device should anyone be interested in doing this.

 
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DanGagner

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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
Early on in my bait making endeavor. My first was a bit of a failure and this was my second one. I officially call it my first bait.
This video is a complete accounting of he build

 
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DanGagner

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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
A recent build, a perch popper. My first popper attempt.

Here is a video of the complete build.

 
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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
A deep diver. Very stable and it seems to dive 8-10 ft. The complete build in a video below. I make all parts including eyelops and eyes. Not the hooks though.

 
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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
A deeper diving bait made in the colors of the baits I sometimes see fall out of the bass's mouths when I pull them out of the water.
 
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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
This is the first part of a very long 6 part series of when I began to make baits from scratch a few months ago at 85 years of age. I had taken months to look at every youtube video I could get my mouse on regarding the subject, and read much stuff online and in forums like this. I found that all videos on the subject often left out key details that would derail someone wanting to do this. I guarantee, nothing is left out here, to the point of possibly too much information and detail.

This first video begins with all the materials and equipment I initially acquired and an explanation of it's use. Each succeeding video after that delves into the trials an tribulations of the entire bait making process. It is very detailed as today, a bait can be made in a few hours with one 20 minute video to document it (see my posts above).

This video series is probably only for people wanting to do this as it is very detailed. In the description below each video are links to each of the other, six total, videos in this tutorial / journey series.

 
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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
A segmented bait. In the video I finish this lure I started weeks ago, repair a deep diving lip, and alter another bait for better action. Oh, and I clean my shop.

 
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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
The Unknown lure. I don't know what this is. It's sort of Yellow perch like but it's not. I saw the pattern on Bejan Lures on Youtube. I liked it so I made it yesterday. Everything except the hooks and split rings are hand made. Anyway, still tryin'
Near the video's end I put it in the water briefly. Not bad action.
 
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la vida

Now I love our Prezzz!!!
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As I watched this video I just kept being amazed at the craftsmanship.
Thanks for sharing you artwork.
 
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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
Thanks, I just started this winter doing this. Something to do during the down season. I haven't even been able to get out to catch something on them yet. Maine and the water is still about 46 degrees. Not much happening bite wise.
I look at some of the guys on youtube and I think I've got a ways to go before I get, if I ever do, to the stuff they produce.
 
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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
I made a test prototype of an aluminum hinged swimbait. It's got two hinges but four pivot points. The result is a very fluid kind of movement. Almost like a soft bait.

I hadn't planned on painting it up. Just getting it to work and making a cleaner one later on that hadn't had as many revisions. But I did anyway. Here it is. It ain't pretty but damned if it doesn't work.

 
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DanGagner

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Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
I built a simple balance to find the center of mass of my hard baits instead of guessing and hoping for the best. We'll see if this helps. Made in a short time from scraps.

 
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DanGagner

Craftsman on the lake
Apr 23, 2020
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Daniel Gagner
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Daniel Gagner
Balancing again I'm afraid
My digital scale was just not accurate. Cheap yes but boy did it have a range all over the place. I could get a more expensive one, but heck, it's just to find the weight of my lures when I make them.

Coins have a pretty good standard weight defined by the US Mint. They can be used to make a fairly decently accurate scale. This is how I did it.

 
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