And that's not all! I'm planning to do another How-To on adding weight to your modified lures through the use of magnets.The ability to customize is perfect for those of us who like to improve our tackle. The foam and wire add a perfect balance of weight at flotation.
If 5" mambo's fish well after these alterations, you struck gold. I'll definitely be trying this to a couple. Thanks!
Charlie, I'm confident you'll find they fish well after the modifications We've been catching fish with them for the past two years.
After building/fishing 5" Mambos, here are a few suggestions you may want to consider before getting started on your own...
1. The lure could use a little more "bite." Adding a small amount of weight forward should do the trick.
Not that I need to tell you how to weight a lure, but I'm very close to posting a How-To on weighting modified plastics. I should have it posted sometime this evening.
2. I always wanted to try wiring the lure with a thinner diameter wire. Something thinner then 0.062". This might be something you'll want to try?
Have fun with your modifications! If there is anything I can help you with, etc,...you know how to reach me
Last edited by Ron Redington; 01-25-2010 at 01:09 PM.
I imagine the 5" mambo is a fickle plug, and that you have to be careful. I know its fickle in its factory model, in what size hooks it fishes with best. But if you have had good success in what you have already done, it definitely will motivate me a bit more.
I have some lighter wire,.045 I think. It would be perfect to little plugs instead of the .062. Tell me what lengths you want and I would be glad to send it to you.
One question I have. I know some foams absorb and hold water over time. Have you noticed this with the expanding foam you are using? It looks like the typical foam you get at Home Depot. I never tried using it it outdoor applications.
Once you get your Mambo the way you want it, you've got your template for future modifications
That would be perfect Charlie! I've actually got some of the thinner wire myself, I just haven't built any Mambos with it...yet. Thanx for the offer!I have some lighter wire,.045 I think. It would be perfect to little plugs instead of the .062. Tell me what lengths you want and I would be glad to send it to you.
I've been using GREAT STUFF - a DOW product. It's air-tight and water resistant. It can be used in doors or out. So far (2+ years) I have not noticed any issues with the foam absorbing/holding water.One question I have. I know some foams absorb and hold water over time. Have you noticed this with the expanding foam you are using? It looks like the typical foam you get at Home Depot. I never tried using it it outdoor applications.
I'd imagine it may begin to absorb water if held under water for long periods of time? Na! Scratch that! If that was the case Pop Pop's lures would have soaked up water by now. He fishes more often then not
Good luck with your mods charlie! I'm looking forward to seeing some of your creations
Last edited by Ron Redington; 01-25-2010 at 02:59 PM.
Here is a modified Jointed 6" Bomber I think you guys (and gals) will appreciate...
In this case I added a 2nd belly hook and removed the jointed tail. The tail was replaced with a Mogambo grub.
There are so many things you can do with this modification
Ron, where's the "like" button. OMG, what an awesome tutorial. This needs to go in a fishing mag somewhere.......djc.
Boatswainsmate 1st Class USCG
Certified Merchant Mariner
Outstanding Idea !!
I can't wait to try this!! The 7"redfin was my best producer last year but I did drop quite a few fish. NOT THIS YEAR!!
Do you add weight to the 7" redfin ?
Last edited by Super Googan; 01-26-2010 at 04:20 AM.
The through-wired construction, non-fixed hangers, bucktail hair for a taill, and ability to adjust depth are added benefits
You certainly can!Do you add weight to the 7" redfin ?
I just posted a full-blown How-To on adding weight to your modified lures.
One of the benefits of weighting a modified Redfin over "loading" a stock Redfin with water, etc. is the fact that the modified version will never leak out. Once you weight a modified lure, it's weighted for life. A stock Redfin can develop cracks around hangers or along seams, allowing any fluids you may have added to seep out.
With my technique you can add weight to your Redingfin EXACTLY were you want it. This is done through the use of magnets and steel balls or steel shot. Please be sure to read the How-To I posed - Click Here.
If you enjoy fishing Redfins, you're gonna luv the Redingfin
Last edited by Ron Redington; 01-26-2010 at 10:55 AM.
Here's a picture of a Custom Painted Parrot - Redingfin. Check out the red gills and big red eyes