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This is Tom1441 from the do-it forum. I was wondering if you have any suppliers for unpainted crankbait bodies?  I have been getting some off dakota lakes tackle and a few others but the quality isn't as good as it was in the past. Thanks for your help. Tom

Hi Tom,

I think we met at the gathering in January.  You do a great job with the air brush.  

I have probably tried all the sources.  The problem is that I think they all get them from the same source.  Dakota lakes, Predator, Bustin Bass Baits, Janns, Barlows... they all seem to have the same blanks.

There is someone out there named Mike Vann that makes Vandalizer baits.  Those are supposed to be good but I have never found them.

Predator has a bait that he claims is a DT-10 which I am going to try since we use those like crazy over here.  

Unfortunately, we both probably know the same sources for bodies.

Good to hear from you,



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