Foam rubber fish has recently gained popularity among spinning fishers. Pike perch, pike and large perches peck on this bait as willingly as on fresh fish.
Foam fish, manufacturing features, hooking, painting.
Making foam fish is very simple. On sheet foam 8–10 mm thick, a contour of a fish 80–100 mm long is drawn with a ballpoint pen. Then, with a sharp scissors, the profile of the fish is cut along the intended contour. After that, the tail of the fish is cut, the tail plane is cut, bringing its thickness to 2-5 mm. Round the corners at the head of the fish.
Now, starting from the base of the tail, the straight edges of the torso of the fish are cut off and round off the obtuse angles that were obtained after the previous operation. Thus, the body of the fish is brought to an oval shape. Do not forget, the contour of the bait is important to the predator.
After making the fish, you can begin to equip the hook. Tees and doubles are suitable. Do it like that. They burn the body of the fish with a heated awl to a depth slightly more than the length of the forearm of the hook. When heated, the foam becomes toxic, this work must be done under the hood. To make a lead, you need to take a piano wire with a diameter of 0.5-0.6 mm and a length of 120-150 mm.
Attaching a foam fish to a hook.
A double loop is bent at one end with round pliers, and a fastener at the other. The wire is introduced into the burnt hole, the fish is pierced through the “mouth” and the loop is twisted.
Coloring foam fish.
Equipping the fish with hooks, you can begin to color it: both for gudgeon, and for perch, and for bleak, and for trout. In a word, as you like. The easiest way to stain is with an alcohol stain. Brush the stain on the back and tail of the fish, draw one or two strips, marking the gill slit, and put a point on the eye. Good waterproof dyes are obtained if the paste from the pens of ballpoint pens is dissolved in acetone.
Foam rubber is better to take finely porous. The eye of the fish is best made large and expressive, the pupil on a yellow or reddish background. The weight is applied from 1 to 22 g, the bait should be paused after 0.8-1 meter of posting.
Smelted foam fish.
Foam rubber fish can be made in another way – by smelting. This method allows you to make the fish attractive and smooth without scissors, but it requires an aluminum baking dish. This form is best made to order. But then you can easily make any number of such fish.
Mold for making foam fish with hot pressing.
The whole mold is machined from aluminum and consists of two halves (each length is 10 cm), they are fastened together on one side by a small loop, and on the other – a handle is attached to each, which is needed to clamp the foam rubber. The depth of the two parts of the form is different, one has 5 mm, the other has 3 mm. When posting, an asymmetric foam fish plays very attractively for predators.
A gas stove is required to melt the foam rubber, since it is impossible to heat the mold on the hotplate to the desired temperature. Lay a piece of foam rubber between 9 and 10 mm thick and 100 mm long between the halves of the mold, hold it with handles and hold it for a while over the fire. If the form over the fire overexposed, then the foam will begin to burn.
The finished workpiece is a convex fish, at the edges as a result of hot processing, tightly compressed foam remains, from which the fins are then cut, and the excess is cut.
Features of the manufacture of foam fish.
With step wiring, after the reel is stopped, when the foam fish touches the bottom, it is necessary that it takes a vertical position; for this, it must be made of fairly dense foam. In addition, to orient it to some extent in the water, you can make an incision in the tail and put 2-3 small foam balls there, and then gently glue the incision.
You can equip the fish with not one but two doubles – in the head and tail of the fish. To do this, a second one is attached to the first double on a braided fishing line, the foam rubber is cut, hooks are inserted (No. 8-9), and again sealed.
Based on the materials of the book “Fishing tackle and do-it-yourself hunting equipment. Production and repair “.