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Big Generics from the prototype batch

Big Generics from the prototype batch available

I have two unfished big generics from the prototype batch available. These are 19cm, one of the baits is shallow weight 113g while the other is a slow sink weight 121g. These big generics are from 2015 and signed with my name and year. They where intended for prototype evaluation but where never needed and never left the workshop.

I still fish the other two big generics from this batch. They are great glide baits that swim on a steady retrieve and swim even wider if you add a light rod action. As with all my baits you don’t need to work the rod very hard, they swim on a light tap and some following slack.

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A Competition bait

A first competition bait

I am a member of a Facebook group “Svenska Betesbyggare” and they have an online competition this spring which I will participate in. This is my competition bait. It is a Big Generic in a hybrid finish where I used both a laminate and meta flakes together with some airbrushing. The bait is 19cm long and about 115g and very slow sinking.

The laminate

The laminate I have used for this bait is the last one of a few I made for my very first laminated baits. It is made from a picture of an Ide I caught a few years ago.

The metal flake

I have used a mix of pink metal flake over the back, underneath the metal flake I have airbrushed a matching pink color.

One challenge is to make the metal flake spread equally across the tow sides of the bait, this one is as close as it gets.

Glass eyes

Given some light the glass eyes on this bait really glows. I think I need to start making my own eyes, these are addictive.

A sponsor bait for st: Anna Pike Open spring 2016

Sponsor bait for St: Anna Pike Open spring 2016

First of all, I don’t sponsor many competitions. I am not a competition fan. When it comes to St: Anna Pike Open I make an exception. The reason is the great work by the organizers towards a more sustainable competition which I support fully. Little things like alternating between competition areas to reduce fishing pressure, avoiding the spawning period and a mandatory membership in Sportfiskarna for participants makes a difference. I hope other competitions will follow the same example.

The bait is a Big Generic in a custom color. I have a prototype of one of the early generics in the same color which I still fish, it is a favorite when the fish are shy of bright baits. This one is a slow sink bait at 19cm and 115g.

Prototyping a hybrid finish lure

A Hybrid finish

I have seen a lot of inspiring metal flake baits lately, that made me think, what happens if I add metal flakes to a laminated bait, and then this hybrid finish was born. This is a Big Generic Ide with a metal flake back and rattles. Making a a laminated bait is not that hard, its is mostly about patience, attention to details and avoiding finish defects in many layers of epoxy. Making a metal flake finish bait is about the same thing.

Combining the two is something different. Metal flakes in epoxy has a tendency to move around with the epoxy while curing, keeping the metal flakes in the designated area is a challenge. Then there is the small detail of a bait having two sides. To achieve symmetry between the two sides the metal flakes must spread the same on both sides. Then there is the small detail of adding more layers of epoxy, these baits need about 8-10 layers of epoxy.

When all these details fall into place the result is really great.

So what is so hard about this one?

Combining the a laminated bait with meta flakes is something different. Metal flakes in epoxy has a tendency to move around with the epoxy while curing, keeping the metal flakes in the designated area is a challenge. Then there is the small detail of a bait having two sides. To achieve symmetry between the two sides the metal flakes must spread the same on both sides. Then there is the small detail of adding more layers of epoxy, these baits need about 8-10 layers of epoxy.

When all these details fall into place the result is really great.

Hot kiwi prototype lure

This is a prototype model I have been working on for a while now, it stil remains to be seen if this one qualifies as a project bait. The color however I am convinced will live on.

Signatures on my baits

Signatures

From now on I will use the Piketrapz® signature as this is my registered trademark. Before the Piketrapz name was approved I signed baits with my name, there are a few of these out there and I still have a few available for sale. There are also unsigned baits, these are to be regarded as early prototypes and I doubt any of these will be out there on the market.

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Anders Henriksson

Anders Henriksson

Lure builder

I am the creator of Piketrapz®. I do most of my fishing in my home waters in Blekinge, Sweden. These are brackish waters and most days of the season crystal clear. I have been fishing here for as long as can remember, most days fishing for Pike. I built my first baits many years ago. Over the years building baits has become a growing hobby in itself just as rewarding as fishing. Piketrapz® is my way of sharing my baits with you. 

 

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