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About TKSurf

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    Longtime Jersey Shore surfer and bass fisherman
  1. The fall run is really just starting in NJ, everybody's fishing, I usually don't start building anything until January.
  2. Not sure when this was, not that long ago but pre-replenishment nonsense. Jetty at bottom is "First Jetty", the same jetty as in news article. When "the cove" really was a cove and there was a rock you could stand on and your lure would have the perfect swing over where the rocks ended and you could nail fish when guys 10 feet away on either side wouldn't get a hit. On a good swell every single jetty would have a good right breaking off it and the place was like a wave park, glad I got to surf and fish it back then because it won't be back in my lifetime.
  3. This was on my first attempt using Clear Coat, I ended up putting 3 coats of epoxy to get full coverage. I'm thinking this was largely due to due to cool basement temps (62 F) when applying. I've since read that under 70 is not good.
  4. Have just entered the nightmare world of System 3 Clear Coat and had all the problems mentioned above and applying a matte coat did not help for me with first coat adherence problem. Haven't built any thing since the spring but my next step will be waiting maybe 20 minutes or more after mixing and then applying the finish to the lure. Since the Clear Coat seems to be a lower viscosity than E-tex which I had been using it also tends to accumulate towards the front and back of the lure while on the spinner, running down the taper of the lure body. Lures are horizontal on the spinner, if that makes sense.
  5. A little more activity in the surf this morning.
  6. Still a few fish around in the August NJ surf.
  7. First keeper sized bass of the year for me on the flaptail, released.
  8. Thanks Ed, I'm starting to like the flaptail Danny.
  9. This morning they liked the white danny, both small and flaptail versions.
  10. With E-tex I always use 2 coats but a sharp hook powered by a thrashing fish against epoxy covered wood, the hook always wins. Hook rash is inevitable if you are catching fish. Most guys probably have a completely beat up plug that they will tell you "I caught so many bass on this plug"
  11. First fish on a flaptail Danny this morning. This guy had some dings in his side too.
  12. T_man7, You are not alone I recently tried the System 3 clear coat and it introduced me to a whole new world of epoxy problems. I've been build my own rods since the 80s and have about 10 years into low volume plug building so I'm not a stranger to working with epoxies. I measure with syringes and mix well. I used the System 3 for sealing the plugs as well, it soaks into the wood real well and hardens up like a rock, seems much harder than E-tex. As a top coat its another ball game, after my first batch disaster I needed 3 coats just to make sure there were no dry spots, it seemed like the epoxy did not want to to adhere to a painted surface at all and had zero self leveling properties. Basement temp was about 60 so I think that was a big part of the problem. Second attempt worked out better with a light bulb under the spinner for a warmer environment, still didn't have complete coverage on first coat, second coat still uneven but complete coverage. All the lures are fishable but not something I would show off. Next try I will use lower watt light bulb and let the second coat sit for about 15 minutes before applying to lure to hopefully not move around so much and give me a smoother top coat. Good Luck
  13. Slow spring for me so far, this guy had a pretty good dent in his side.