Mahogany, 18 mm.
Front leadhole: 10mm diameter drill bit and 30mm deep
Rear leadhole: 10mm diameter drill bit and 16mm deep
Make sure that the leadholes are exactly centered on the jerkbait. Otherwise the lure hangs to one side. The leadholes should be drilled in the positions that have been marked on the stencil.
First I saw out the shape of the "16 cm Stalker Glider" and I round off the edges using a wood rasp. When this has been done, I sand the surface of the jerkbait smooth and I drill the two leadholes. The position of the leadholes can be viewed on the stencil added below. This stencil has been drawn in scale 1/1, so in the exact measurements. When I completed these steps, I turn the three screw-eyes in the jerkbait's body at the locations shown on the stencil.
What follows is very important, namely the weighting of the glider. First I place the jerkbait in a tray filled with water to see whether it sinks horizontally. If this is the case, I take it with me to the lake to test it. When the glider runs the way like it to work, I let it dry thoroughly. Once this process has been completed, I remove the screw-eyes and I fill the leadholes with wood putty. Let this putty dry for the required period of time and sand it smooth to the level of the glider's surface.
Once I have completed these steps, it is time to paint and lacquer the jerkbait. You can, after having primed the body white, add your favourite pattern with spray cans or paint and paint brushes. I use spray cans and all sorts of stencils and materials to spray stripes and scales. My preference for colors goes out to natural patterns.
I use an epoxy-lacquer to finish the glider. This epoxy is sold under the name of "araldite". It is a sort of glue that can be applied to the glider. When you have done this, you must hang it in the oven, which has been heated to a temperature of at least 50°C, to allow it to harden properly. This technique is called "heat-drying" and it is typically used for "araldite". (Lurebuilding team: Don't try it with other lacquers unless it has been mentioned on the package because of the danger of explosion or fire!!)
I decide on the sinking speed by altering the size of the trebles. I always use two equally sized trebles on all my gliders. I weight them this way.
- To get a suspending glider, I add trebles from the brand Eagle Claw size 2/0
- To get a faster sinking version, I add trebles from Eagle Claw size 5/0
Type of jerkbait
This type of jerkbait is a glider with a wide glide-path. Just fish it back using short twitches or short pulls. These pulls make it glide in a path of 80cm wide, or more even. The faster it sinks, the more aggressively you can fish it. As you may be able to guess from this description, this is a glider that can be used in many different circumstances (different sizes of trebles = different sinking rates).