Fun to come up with new shapes/actions as much as it is catching fish

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Senkosam
Guess I'll try adding photos and hope they won't be gigantic like my other post.

I work with plastic and molds to make lures, but modifying lures is always primary. I have molds for curl tail designs and figured that
maybe if the body was made thicker, it might generate more strikes in murky water. To do that I dipped premade lures in hot (300 degree) plastic one or more times and allowed to cool. They seem they do better with the plumper bodies:
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(Note the clear plastic lures that caught fish.)

In line with the chubby lure idea, I came up with what I call the light bulb lure design - a hand-poured lure named Mo Magic by the company that makes the mold. I cut off the front bulbous front of the straight tail grub. This is the original which does well:
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I add it to a smaller body and use it with a light jig.
The ones at the top along with other dipped plastics:
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The same shape is achieved by cutting off the end of this Softy Worm on the left:
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Here I added a Crappie Magnet tail to a Mo Magic dipped segment:
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The above were discovered in the last three months and have caught hundreds of fish.
 
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NKlamerus
NKlamerus
The finesse Ned rig!

Love the customs, always willing to try things the fish haven't seen before.

Do you think the larger lure makes more of a difference than color in murky water?

Gerald Swindle I think was the one who taught me that confidence is by far the most important factor, then presentation, then color
 
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Do you think the larger lure makes more of a difference than color in murky water?
I do now as of yesterday with 71 fish caught under a bright sun from 11 am - 5 pm.
I decided to double-dip more plastics making the body chubby, especially straight tails and curl tails in different colors. All-size fish smacked them!

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Note the clear plastic ct on the right with black stripe. The lure was clobbered until the tail was bit off.

The chubby light bulb also did fantastic:

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I have a few ideas why the increase in thickness may make a difference, but suffice to say the only reason is that they catch fish - and better than smaller lures of the same design!!! Curl tails haven't been a favorite of mine until the body increase in diameter.
 
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NKlamerus said:
Do you think the larger lure makes more of a difference than color in murky water?
Maybe. Proximity is the most important requirement IMO for making sure a lure is within a fish's strike-sphere. Only then can the lure's visual appeal matter. We gotta go to the fish; being lazy energy-conserving animals, they don't swim very far to sample the question marks we cast.
 
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