IT’S ALIVE!

Every angler has their favorite bait, more often than not it would be the rubber worm. While the rubber worm is a classic design I like to have my own little spin on things. For years the industry has been pumping out worms, craws, frogs, and creatures; but do you really ever have a love of that bait? In my opinion that would be no.

I am one of those people that has to have things customized, everything from my car down to my baits. It is this reason that as soon as I started fishing I started coming up with ideas, all of us do this I am sure, which led me to jot them down for the winter. Winter is here and it is time. My father and I sat down to figure out what we want to build, something that nobody else has. It was at this time that we were going through his tacklebox and I pulled something out that I have never seen before, a soft-body popper. What transpired after that is something that I hope will be hitting the lakes soon.

If you want to have the true connection with a bait then you need to build one yourself, this article will show you how to do this cheaply and effectively.

Materials:

  • Rubber (Old rubber or Liquid Rubber)
  • Plaster
  • Bowl 
  • Model (Clay or a base)
  • Box or Container
  • Pyrex measuring cup

Step 1:
     Make a box to contain the plaster.
          What I did was use scraps from a cardboard box and duct tape.

Step 2:
     Mix the plaster
           I used dry-wall plaster, holds up well and sets in 20 minutes

Step 3:
   Pour the plaster into the container
       During this step it is vital that you get all of the air bubbles out of the mix, if you leave them in there it could render your mold useless. The same applies when you drop your model into the mold

Step 4:
     Drop the model into the plaster
        As shown in the image for step 3 place the model in the plaster so that the top is level with the plaster, if you cover the model you will have a heck of a time getting it out. If it isn’t exactly perfect that is fine, you can change your plaster mold at any time. You may also want to use a release agent such as PAM cooking spray.

Step 5: OPTIONAL
   FRANKENSTEIN IT!
       This is where the fun begins, you can add whatever you want to make your bait more unique or make it to blend to what everybody else uses. I used parts from other baits to make mine do what I wanted it to do.

 Step 6:
    Wait and Remove the Model
         When using a rubber bait as a base it is a lot easier to remove it, but once the plaster has set you can remove your base and get ready to start making your bait!

Step 7:
    Prepare your media
        For those of us that go through a lot of worms the scraps from those worms can be melted down and reused, others will use something like Plastisol. With products like Plastisol you have a real option whether you want your bait harder or softer, what color you want, and how much glitter you like. With old plastic you can just throw it in the microwave for roughly a minute on HIGH. During this time you want to watch it to make sure the plastic doesn’t smoke or bubble, if it does the rubber may not set properly. As for Plastisol it should go for roughly 3-5 minutes on high, stir, then another 30 seconds. BE CAREFUL WITH METALLIC GLITTER, YOU COULD START A FIRE.

Step 8:
    Pour it!
      Once the rubber has been heated you can then pour it into your mold, don’t worry about over-pouring because you can trim he excess later.

Step 9
   Wait and Remove from mold
       This can be the longest 20 minutes of your life. If you are like me you will sit there and look at it, then at the clock, for the entire 20 minutes. Once the 20 minutes is up at the plastic has set then you can remove it from the mold.

Step 10:
   Finishing touches.
      The final step involves doing all the cleanup work, which is mainly just refining the base until you get something you really want to use or just trimming the excess off and throwing it in a bag for later. That’s it, you are done. Once you get into the process of it everything goes quick and easy.


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