Swimsquid

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Swimsquid

Postby RhettWheeler » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:07 pm

Had to revisit my squid design from last season- while it solved some problems as far as casting distance- I overlooked how much the current would make the bait want to flip. Made the bait more round and cylindrical and bulleted the rigging end of the bait- also added some curls for a little extra action.

Used on a 10/0 (1oz) swimbait hook. Looks really cool in the water. Just playing with colors now- I think the plain one with the red flake is my favorite though. Just kind of looks like a squid getting fired up.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj23 ... yivcm.jpeg

Bait is roughly 7”

In case anyone is wondering how I color the baits I pour them in a pearl base color and then just alumidust- blow off excess dust then paint over it with some mend it- gives a super flexible top coat and the dust won’t rub off- only caveat is it glosses the bait a bit- I prefer it over the dip method because the mend it doesn’t fill in some of the fine detail work like clear plastisol. Just wear a mask mend it stinks to high heaven.
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Re: Swimsquid

Postby dahlberg » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:03 am

Hey R,
those look great!! Love the skirt shape! You are on it!
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Re: Swimsquid

Postby RhettWheeler » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:52 am

Thanks Larry would love to send you some and get some feedback.
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Re: Swimsquid

Postby RhettWheeler » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:30 am

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj23 ... bzzgh.jpeg

Tweaked my mold so the tentacles would face the other way. Last prototype the tentacles wanted to drag- this minor tweak using an exacto knife to trim out some small areas in the mold should do the trick and give a somewhat defensive posture when pausing the retrieve.
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Re: Swimsquid

Postby RhettWheeler » Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:51 pm

https://photos.app.goo.gl/sWHNthFkNk8yQWnG3

Still dialing in the mold but they’re looking good. Can’t wait for some stripers to slurp them up.
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Re: Swimsquid

Postby RhettWheeler » Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:57 am

Saw some squid working in the shallows while I was at work last night- figured it would be a perfect time to test my swimsquid- 4th cast got a plump 33” fish
https://photos.app.goo.gl/n64ctSDUn6Pag6SD3
Just using it on a weighted swimbait hook

It was all about whiggley and the swimsquid this morning- fished about 3 hours and had nonstop action on the customs. Harvested one of the keepers- had a belly full of 4 and 5” squid
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Re: Swimsquid

Postby dahlberg » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:36 am

Cool! Thanks for sharing!
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