So for a few years now I have had this idea for a larger Butterfly/Crippled herring style jig for Cook Inlet Halibut and Lingcod.
Yes they make ones I can buy butI wanted to make my own. Paint them how I want and have the pride in catching fish on a lure I made myself.
I had considered a silicone or plaster mold. Those would have worked for a few pours but I really wanted a long lasting mold.
This winter I met a man online on another forum who had the equipment and the abilities to make me what I wanted out of Aluminum.
I gave him my ideas and we came up with a price and a timeframe.
So after I approved the video he sent me of his cad file which consisted of my ideas with some of his own ideas he made my mold.
This jig is the result.
It wasn't cheap but I really like what I have. A new lure the fish have never seen.
I made a few the other day and just got them painted.
It came out at 25.5oz after paint and hooks.
I used stainless steel #3 long eyes in the mold so they wont bend or pull out. They are 1.3" long and much stronger than brass ones.
The paint is all powder paint Super glow white for the base coat via one of my fluid beds. Then I used a powder paint spray gun for the super glow green and super glow blue accent color. Some of them I added some flame red around the gills using the brush tapping method.
I finished the paint with an overcoat of clear UV blast so it will be more visible at deeper depths where only the UV light penetrates.
I used some 1/2" eyes in different colors. Silver,red, and one with glow around the pupil. The eyes are epoxied in with a 2 ton clear epoxy so they won't fall out.
The assist line is SeaHunter 240# test with Owner 10/0 ssw hooks. I may switch hook styles but these Owners are sticky sharp.
Anyway I now need a name for this jig. The name of my boat is Roust-A-Bout so if the name included part of that it some way it would be cool.
If you come up with a name I like I will send you a free lure. So help me out so I know what to call it and what you think of it.
I have some other cool new jigs in smaller and larger sizes from some different molds that I will be making also but some still need paint and some I havent made yet.