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Hey there, I figure this would be the place to ask a possible dumb question as the talent in this sub-section is unreal. I have zero ability to make my own plugs but had a thought. Before I go ahead and butcher a plug or two, but is it feasible to cut a plug and rewire to make it jointed?

 

For example, I have a few of the same RM Smith floating needles where I think having a jointed option would be great however he doesn't make a jointed needle (nor do many builders). So I was thinking of taking one and cutting it at the 3/4 point towards the rear (i.e. front portion is 3/4 of the overall length rear would be a 1/4), re-sealing, paint and rewire. I figure a needle would be an easy/straight-forward plug to try.

 

I understand that it may totally ruin the weighting and the action as it was designed/produced, but has anyone tried something like this with success?

 

 

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It'll be interesting to see how much you lose on casting on that jointer. But I say go for it. 

 

I made some swimbait style jointers last summer. Some of them actually cast pretty darn tooting well. But these ones all have v-joints with two connections each so restrict the movement a bit probably make a bit better on the casting than a single connection like you are making on. 

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12 hours ago, TopStriperAngler said:

It'll be interesting to see how much you lose on casting on that jointer. But I say go for it. 

 

I made some swimbait style jointers last summer. Some of them actually cast pretty darn tooting well. But these ones all have v-joints with two connections each so restrict the movement a bit probably make a bit better on the casting than a single connection like you are making on. 

Yes I find the type and length of joint very instrumental in determining how the plug will cast and catch. Personally I hate "wrapped" joints such as Danny and BM. Wrapped joints elongate the pivot area causing the plug to fold on the cast and never have I seen the back and front halves line up properly "on the bend" and I find the swim overly sloppy too.

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18 hours ago, bassmaster said:

I dunno but if you can pour lead into one ,your my new best friend lol 

I have been hounding ryan to make sinking needles again, I have one from an old run that I got my hands on that I like a lot haha. 

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7 hours ago, Livefreeordie said:

'buca, you gonna put it in a vice and cut it with a hacksaw? If I were using a table saw or band saw, I'd be afraid of a little jump when the blade hits the wire.

 

 

My plan was to cut and remove the wire first, then cut the plug, rewire after. 

 

 

Looks like I'll be the guinea pig eventually haha. 

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4 mins ago, Chuckbull said:

I’ve done it many times. Very easy to do

 

Just curious, what style of plugs do you find work best with this? needles seemed like the obvious idea for me to try this with.

 

Any chance you can post a pic of one that you have done, would love to see the end result. 

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3 mins ago, Italianbuca said:

 

Just curious, what style of plugs do you find work best with this? needles seemed like the obvious idea for me to try this with.

 

Any chance you can post a pic of one that you have done, would love to see the end result. 

here’s a few I had pictures of. Metal lips are the most fool proof imo but I’ve done almost everything. Theyre all easy just don’t cut thru the lead. Your not actually changing anything about the plugs weighting so its still going to swim. You’re just adding a little spice to it.  69836441191__34DD3AF7-6C68-428E-BD12-67831AC113E6.jpeg.85c301ba18e63f1101fa3f7e5692c9c0.jpeg69629209381__D9E503C7-F30D-41E1-B58D-6830BBEEC6FF.jpeg.f808fd336d5e36cf68e186292e930a5c.jpegIMG_7134.jpeg.c83b47fabab8a627c532b0efd0075c42.jpeg67572564865__D9E029AF-A7AC-4D09-8EA4-8B8F6AD4F80D.jpeg.a2c237b04f6b923e003337dd1065c61b.jpegIMG_1266.jpeg.9d6dde8fb45ef13a66cbfc0c36efb385.jpegIMG_1144.jpeg.f7c7300e0b02be8e6525cc980c52ab5b.jpeg

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7 mins ago, Chuckbull said:

here’s a few I had pictures of. Metal lips are the most fool proof imo but I’ve done almost everything. Theyre all easy just don’t cut thru the lead. Your not actually changing anything about the plugs weighting so its still going to swim. You’re just adding a little spice to it.  

 

thank you for posting some photos, great work there!

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1 hour ago, Chuckbull said:

here’s a few I had pictures of. Metal lips are the most fool proof imo but I’ve done almost everything. Theyre all easy just don’t cut thru the lead. Your not actually changing anything about the plugs weighting so its still going to swim. You’re just adding a little spice to it.  69836441191__34DD3AF7-6C68-428E-BD12-67831AC113E6.jpeg.85c301ba18e63f1101fa3f7e5692c9c0.jpeg69629209381__D9E503C7-F30D-41E1-B58D-6830BBEEC6FF.jpeg.f808fd336d5e36cf68e186292e930a5c.jpegIMG_7134.jpeg.c83b47fabab8a627c532b0efd0075c42.jpeg67572564865__D9E029AF-A7AC-4D09-8EA4-8B8F6AD4F80D.jpeg.a2c237b04f6b923e003337dd1065c61b.jpegIMG_1266.jpeg.9d6dde8fb45ef13a66cbfc0c36efb385.jpegIMG_1144.jpeg.f7c7300e0b02be8e6525cc980c52ab5b.jpeg

Nice

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On 4/22/2024 at 11:01 AM, Chuckbull said:

No problem goodluck 

 

Another question, did you re-seal the plugs after you cut them? or was it not necessary as the plugs were already sealed the first time around? 

 

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