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#12717695 - 04/15/18 02:36 PM Paddle tail packaging
Wes H Offline

Registered: 04/16/16
Posts: 261
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
I just got into soft plastic pouring and after some trail and error I am getting really happy with my results so far. My issue has been with what to do with them after I take them out of the mold. If I store them in old keitech packages everything is fine, but I only have so many of those saved. How are you guys storing them? I feel like my tails kink up much easier than production baits. I am loving the action they get though, you can feel them thumping hard on a slow retrieve.

Will try to add a Pic soon for some critique

#12717721 - 04/15/18 03:44 PM Re: Paddle tail packaging [Re: Wes H]
Kens3313 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 2397
Loc: Conroe, TX
When I pour baits I take them straight from the mold to cool bucket of water for about 30 minutes, then lay them out on cookie sheet or something for at least 3 days. If you put them in the package right from the mold they are still really soft and will gradually harden up, if they are bent they will stay that same bend. When you get ready to bag I get a big gallon ziplock bag dump all your baits in it, then squirt some worm oil and if u want scent add that too, shake them up good. The oil on them makes it easier for them to slide in bags. Then u can take them out and store in smaller bags u want to keep them in. Hope this helps

#12718425 - 04/16/18 08:43 AM Re: Paddle tail packaging [Re: Wes H]
Wes H Offline

Registered: 04/16/16
Posts: 261
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Thank you for the tips Ken, I will give that a try today for sure.

Do you ever dip the mold in water to get them cooled off faster after a pour? I have not tried it yet, but it crossed my mind to speed things up instead of waiting 5minutes between the pour and opening.

Here is some of my first attempts along with my first self pour catch:


#12718651 - 04/16/18 12:03 PM Re: Paddle tail packaging [Re: Wes H]
capt grumpy Offline
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Registered: 09/14/06
Posts: 961
Loc: west tx
put your molds in front of a box fan they will cool pretty quick. You can buy packing boxes on line.

#12719444 - 04/16/18 09:26 PM Re: Paddle tail packaging [Re: capt grumpy]
H2ODawg67 Offline

Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 341
Loc: Kansas
Don't put your molds in water to cool them. Your mold need to be completely dry. Water and melted plastic is not good.
Formerly H2ODawg

#12719761 - 04/17/18 08:21 AM Re: Paddle tail packaging [Re: Wes H]
SenkoSam Offline

Registered: 09/03/03
Posts: 177
Loc: New York
Swimbait storage is no different than for other designs whether plastic boxes or bags. But whichever are used, soft plastics must be stored straight or memory deformation occurs even after cooling in a water bath. I use zip lock bags and boxes with and without partitions and depending on lure size, make sure the lures are stored horizontal to the floor.

Nice lures BTW.

Edited by SenkoSam (04/17/18 08:21 AM)


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