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Pike Pool (107) Alan Behenna

Post by Jason Skilton » Wed Sep 30 2020 08:48

Morning Pitsters,

Its the day before the traditional start of the pike season, so if you haven't twisted the traces, stuffed the freezers with smelt or sorted the lures....here is a piece that will get in the mood for the season.

Enjoy!

https://thepikepool.blogspot.com/2020/0 ... lures.html
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Post by suffolk si » Wed Sep 30 2020 10:18

Great stuff Alan and Jas, nice to see the pool back regularly too

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Post by Flipflopjoe » Wed Sep 30 2020 11:03

Great read Alan, I’m even more excited now :boing:

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Post by Sebas » Wed Sep 30 2020 12:29

Enjoyed that.

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Post by lakefisher » Wed Sep 30 2020 12:59

Very good piece of writing - almost felt there with Alan ........ Many thanks.

Especially as I can only fish vicariously due to Covid isolation since March :roll: ....... Tony

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Post by JohnCopeman » Wed Sep 30 2020 19:48

No bullshit, no moonshine. Just how it should be.

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Post by Daniel » Wed Sep 30 2020 20:56

I think I can make a decent copy of that twin tail.

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Post by Andytheammer » Wed Sep 30 2020 22:34

Nice one Alan :thumbs:
Jason your work is appreciated :handshake:

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Post by John Milford » Wed Sep 30 2020 22:40

Great piece -That was some brace Alan! Top bombing! :thumbs:

I've only fished over my proverbials in chesties a couple of times, funnily enough with topwaters.

'Entertaining', to say the least, to be playing pike at virtually eye level (even though my fish were nowhere near the stamp of yours).
"He's some sort of lure savant. Or just has an unhealthy addiction to old lures. We are not quite sure . . . . . "

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Post by alan behenna » Thu Oct 01 2020 10:14

For anyone that might be that interested: :grin:

Most unusually........most!

There is a rare opportunity right at the moment to get hold of two of the best patterns (through personal experience) on Flea-Bay right now.

Only source is the states' though.

Originally in three sizes, the 5" the 7.5" and the 10". I'd be picking them in that reverse order.

Remember, it's not the holy grail, it has quality control issues.........but "cared for" and tweaked as Al' used them, they did exactly what I had intended.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from ... l&_sacat=0

The pictures he's using are mostly all the 10" versions (two underbody trebs), the smaller versions have only one underbody treb'

Best of:

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Post by Daniel » Thu Oct 01 2020 12:05

Just bought a 10".
I'll have a go at moulding it.

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Post by alan behenna » Thu Oct 01 2020 14:03

Best of Luck Dan, I would imagine it might be a challenge to get it to run "correctly", part of the fun.

The originals in both brand versions (with internal harness) had "some" turn-over" or "run-wrongs" in pre-production. Guide Dog' mentioned it, Bucher must have bin' the same.

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Post by Daniel » Thu Oct 01 2020 16:32

alan behenna wrote:
Best of Luck Dan, I would imagine it might be a challenge to get it to run "correctly", part of the fun.

The originals in both brand versions (with internal harness) had "some" turn-over" or "run-wrongs" in pre-production. Guide Dog' mentioned it, Bucher must have bin' the same.

:grin:
Mine will be just the body and will need rigging up by the angler, but the body shape looks fairly easy to copy.

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Post by Iain Gillies » Thu Oct 01 2020 18:42

Excellent read, I enjoyed that certainly got the juices flowing for the propper start of the season. Thanks to Jason and to Alan for doing the article.

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Post by Daniel » Wed Oct 14 2020 20:37

Hi Alan.
The 10" twintail arrived yesterday so I knocked up a rough mould last night.
It'll need a day or two for the high temperature paint to fully cure and then I'll pour one or two and test them at the weekend.
Assuming I'm happy with them I'll send you a couple to play with and see what you think.

My first impression of the lure was that a chunkier body may make rigging them up easier, that should be easy enough to do if required.
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Post by alan behenna » Thu Oct 15 2020 08:53

Hi Dan,

I'm intrigued, looking at your mold, and of course the compound being used will matter. Compare the running action with the action of the original and how it's rigged needs looking at. Fascinating stuff.

If the newly molded runs well enough, the acid' test will be ol' esox herself of course.

I suppose any decent pattern might work. If it's of any use "The Twins" came to the "Natural Perch" and "Rainbow Trout" patterns in the original Buchers'. The NP looked like a green jelly with gold flakes suspended throughout.

Thank you for your kind offer, if your efforts should pay-off, much appreciated (and interested in your efforts here).

This lure is such that it's twin tail action is the b-all and end-all, and how you fish it, actual body pattern might be secondary, to a degree.

Hope the Customs etc didn't get you.

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Post by Daniel » Fri Oct 23 2020 20:20

I had a few people ask how the lure turned out so here you are.
The originals the lower lure for comparison.
This one was made for my mate who prefers a dark red for his red head lures.
There's a little blemish in the join line but that was me being clumsy, not a fault in the mould.
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Post by alan behenna » Sat Oct 24 2020 11:39

Daniel wrote:
I had a few people ask how the lure turned out so here you are.
The originals the lower lure for comparison.
This one was made for my mate who prefers a dark red for his red head lures.
There's a little blemish in the join line but that was me being clumsy, not a fault in the mould.

IMG_20201023_194342690.jpg

I like it, possibilities there. Can think of at least three ways to rig that, right off the bat.

:thumbs:

Want another Challenge?

:grin:

Here's his "also now very long defunct" seven inch version with single belly hanger. Not everybody like to throw the bigger stuff.
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Post by Iain Gillies » Sat Oct 24 2020 12:55

Looks good Daniel! I suspect it may be hard to get it to run right with the body shape. It will probably require some weight under its belly to act as a keel.

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Post by Daniel » Sat Oct 24 2020 13:35

Iain Gillies wrote:
Looks good Daniel! I suspect it may be hard to get it to run right with the body shape. It will probably require some weight under its belly to act as a keel.
My mate rigged a test model up with a weightless corkscrew in the nose with two small stingers from it into the back of the lure.
He then added a weighted corkscrew to the belly to keel it.
Worked a treat, he's had a good number of fish on it over the last week while testing it.

I'm looking at changing the body shape to something chunkier to allow other rigging options.

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Post by Daniel » Sat Oct 24 2020 13:38

alan behenna wrote:
Daniel wrote:
I had a few people ask how the lure turned out so here you are.
The originals the lower lure for comparison.
This one was made for my mate who prefers a dark red for his red head lures.
There's a little blemish in the join line but that was me being clumsy, not a fault in the mould.

IMG_20201023_194342690.jpg

I like it, possibilities there. Can think of at least three ways to rig that, right off the bat.

:thumbs:

Want another Challenge?

:grin:

Here's his "also now very long defunct" seven inch version with single belly hanger. Not everybody like to throw the bigger stuff.
Leave it with me, I'll see what I can do.
I think I can make a smaller one by using the big version as a guide.

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