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#1 Tigars1966

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 08:45 AM

Just wondering what people are using to repair their soft plastic lures.   I was out fishing pickerel and I think I could salvage a few, but not sure what's the best way - maybe crazy glue or melting the plastic? 


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#2 Mustang

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 11:00 AM

At $0.69 each I go through a ton of them fishing pickerel.

When the head gets ripped on a frog or lizard you can cut it off with scissors and re-shape to re-rig.

Main problem is that the body gets shredded to the point that it gets hard to keep the tip skin-hooked for Texas rigging.

Have not tried to glue them back together - they end up laying in the bottom of the boat on every outing like dead soldiers.


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 11:13 AM

Get a mold and melt down your old ones and make new. Lots of info on-line.


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 11:52 AM

Get a mold and melt down your old ones and make new. Lots of info on-line.


This is the best answer.


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#5 reelingitupfishing

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 08:56 PM

Buy some plaster of paris and make a mold yourself. Very cheap and easy to do. You can even make a two part mold for full round baits. 

 

Once you're done you can coat the mold with an epoxy, or oil so the baits come out easily.

 

If you don't fancy the whole do it yourself mold idea, you can buy some cheap plastic worm molds online as well from a few lurecraft sites.

 

Careful when melting the plastic, it gets very hot and you don't want to overdo it; sometimes it even causes lots of undesirable air bubbles to form which are not good for your final product! Also make sure you have thoroughly cleaned your baits off from debris before you re-melt them. Any foreign object in the plastic can hinder it's end result as well!


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 03:20 PM

If you are in a pinch and your last productive lure is chewed up, you can use a windproof lighter to heat and lightly melt both sides of the slash, push two sides together, and you are back in action.
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#7 Tigars1966

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 08:35 AM

Thanks for the tips


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