Using 5 minute epoxy apply to the
belly weight and install into hole on bottom of lure-use hole that is
not recessed. Leave lure upside down until dry. Optionally fill belly
hole with wood putty after weight is glued in and sand flush if
If necessary, lightly
sand lure with fine grit sandpaper to a maximum of 220 grit.
It is highly
recommended you seal the lure against water penetration to prevent the
lure from splitting if it absorbs water. This can be done with simple
Shellac or a 60/40 mix of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits,
Waterlox or any tung oil coating, or multiple dips in a lacquer sanding
Observe caution and proper disposal of any rags used. Allow to dry fully
before proceeding further. This is absolutely critical.
Prime and paint lure,
several options exist-AC Moore has Cracker Barrel latex paints available
inexpensively and these can be used with a small brush. This is a good
choice if the lures are to be made by children. Alternately the lure can
be be painted with spray paint available from any hardware store,
Salty's also sells a line of paint available on the plug hardware page. Bin
primer is a good choice to prep the lure for paint. Follow all
precautions with use of these items.
After the lure is
painted we recommend you spray with a minimum of two coats of Clear
spray paint or brush with epoxy such as our Bob Smith Epoxy to protect the paint from rocks
and sharp fish teeth. Allow to dry fully before handling. More
information can be found on our lure forum.
Using 5 minute epoxy,
glue belly grommet into recessed hole in bottom of lure. Glue eyes in
also at this time. Allow to dry fully before handling.
Insert small 3/16"
nose grommet into the front of the lure. This does not get glued in
Insert through wire
into front of lure through the nose grommet until you see the wire just
inside the belly hook hole. If hole doesn't appear to connect very
slightly bend the last 1/2" of the wire so you can re-insert and twist
the wire while pushing it will find the correct hole to get through.
Sometimes holes are just enough to get a wire through or are offset
slightly due to wood grain.
Take Crane swivel and
insert into the belly hole while pushing the wire through the
through-hole. The idea is to captivate the wire through the open end of
the swivel inside the lure so just the bottom loop of the swivel is
accessible on the bottom of the lure.
Push the wire all the
way into the front of the lure so that the tag end of the wire is inside
the nose grommet. The wire will extend out the back of the lure. Line up
the nose loop up and down on the lure.
Install Large tail
weight over the wire and insert into the rear of the lure.
Insert the post style
tail grommet over the wire and insert into the rear of the previously
Wrap the wire into a
loop on a pair of round nose pliers, or use a nail in a vise to bend the
wire into a loop. Then wrap the wire around itself to tighten the
through wire and "pre-stress" the wire inside the lure. I have
a video on Youtube
on how to do this.
belly and tail hooks using split rings
(Split rings and hooks not
included in kit, more on lure hardware page)
instructions detail very basic assembly/finishing techniques for this
lure, more information and lure finishing tips can be found on
our free lure forum.
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