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This is a tip that some of you might find handy. I like to color and create my own baits and such. Lately, I have been experimenting with Sharpies and love what I can do with them. I have painted entire baits using nothing but Sharpies. But this is how to make a worm have a natural back pattern that looks like it was airbrushed.

In this example I used a big white grub. I have been using this grub lately with some success but wanted to give that pure white plastic a more realistic look to it. So I took a black Sharpie and a paper towel and waded the paper towel up and scrunched it into a piece I could use that was pointed. On that pointed end I made it wet with water although not too much. I then marked the Sharpie onto that point to create a small ink blotch. I then wiped this pointed piece over the back of my white grub. Do this several times till you are finished. You will have to reapply black ink to the wet paper then reapply onto the worm. This creates a very natural smooth blended look that is permanent and will not wash off. If done carefully will look as if the color was airbrushed onto the worm.

Here is a picture of how it turned out.



I bought some Gary Yamamoto clear worms he had on sale a while back and created a yellow polka doted pattern on a Pumpkin base that caught me numerous fish. I say this because the smell of the marker in no way inhibits bass from biting soft plastics.

Hope this helps some of you all who might want to alter some of your baits. Never be afraid to try new things.

God bless and good luck.
 

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that looks nice.Did you say you pour your on baits or just make improvments.I have been looking for some good molds to start making my plastics (craws mostly).I have yet to find a good replica for the 4" berkley craw.Any ideas let me know.
 

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Wow awesome tip Keith! I mean really awesome! I had no idea you could do that with a sharpie before i dried. I've used paper towels for pastel chalks and acrylics (not on baits though) for decades but had no idea sharpie ink would stay wet long enough to do that too! Thats wicked! Thanks for sharing man!! :D :clap:
 
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Thanks guys. No I don't pour my own just tinker with some of them ;) So Jared does that mean that you are artistic as well? IN reality art is probably my greatest talent yet the one that seems to always get shelved lol. I have done portraits in pastels. Now that is an excercise in your patience skills haha.
 

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bigdaddytowe said:
that looks nice.Did you say you pour your on baits or just make improvments.I have been looking for some good molds to start making my plastics (craws mostly).I have yet to find a good replica for the 4" berkley craw.Any ideas let me know.
Try Barlows Tackle; http;//www./barlowstackle.com/pdf/plastic-worm-molds.pdf
Tom
Havn't figured out to how to do this on THB.
 

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KeithsCatch said:
So Jared does that mean that you are artistic as well?
I guess you could say that :) my favorite median is pastels. I use to do quite a few portraits years ago in pastels. Lately my thing is airbrushing. I kinda left the traditional arts aside for several years and did most of my art work in photoshop with my wacom, which I do still enjoy but lately I am starting to move back over to the traditional with pencil, brush, paper, canvas, etc... and as you could probably guess, most of my work revolves around fishing... the bass... and where they hang out ;)

I pour my own worms, been doing so since about mid 80s. HOwever I love your idea, I can see that as a way to get finishes on plastic not normal attainable.
I was at hobby lobby today and saw they have a HUGE set of sharpies. There must be 30 colors in that set. It went for about 30 bucks. I t hink next time I have some extra $$$ I may grab it and play with my worms :)
 
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Cool. I would love to see some of your work someday. I haven't taken the time to do much real artwork in years. I guess when I was hot and heavy into art I wasn't fishing at all So now I am hot and heavy into fishing since 1995 and haven't spent time doing artwork. Sometimes I think was that even me doing all that? haha. One of these days I will get back into it.

Nothing beats the sense of satisfaction when you create something and look back at it and admire it and have other's say well done. That is pretty cool.

My best talent is sculpture and drawing then oil painting.
 

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I read this post this morning(or yesterday) and tonight at work I was thinking about it. I'm excited to use this tip. Thanks! Now, I just need some sharpies...
 

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I just tried this during a slow period at work today and it worked perfectly! I had no idea that the ink would stay moist like it did on a wet towel corner being as its permanent ink. I cant wait to try it on some other baits this evening. I think I am going to buy some plain ol' white flukes and have fun with them ;)
 
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Yep I come up with a few good ideeers once and a while :D When you get a few post them. I might do a few more myself.
 

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im for sure going to have to try that. i think ill try it with some white zoom lizards and see what i can come up with. thanks for the great idea!!!!!
 

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I just got a chance to read this post and it just so happens i bought a pack of 12 colored sharpeies to give some color to plain brass weights to determine if the weight being the same color as the plastic lure, but now im gonna have to jump on this bandwagon get some white plastics and go to town!!Thanks keith! Dave
 

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Well I bought some white flukes and a pack of multi colored sharpies.. I believe its 12 different colors...Ive been playing with it and the only thing I am having problems with is painting the red or orange on it. doesnt seem to want to be applied as easily as the darker colors. Still, I'm having fun. ;D
 
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I have not tried all the colors myself. I have tried blue and black. Both those work well. I was going to try yellow and silver.

I have that same pack you bought. I have used them allot on hard baits this soft plastic thing is a more recent thing maybe a little over a year. Watch for Gary Yamamoto's sales of his clear colored baits. You can buy those really cheap and color them yourself using Sharpies. It is fun.
 

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KeithsCatch said:
. Watch for Gary Yamamoto's sales of his clear colored baits. You can buy those really cheap and color them yourself using Sharpies. It is fun.
sweet! That will be fun for sure!
 
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