Let's talk about how rigging and how I like to rig my Techno Frog. I really rig mine one of two ways. The first way is I rig it on the Ned Rig in situations where I have a relatively compact bottom and I need this kind of twitch along very subtly. It is the ultimate finesse fishing frog. Just sit it down, drag it along and give it a little jerk and it looks like a frog trying to hibernate dig into the ground, maybe to dig up bass eggs, since they are the biggest predators of bass eggs on the planet. Or they may think it's a frog that's completely messed up or dying and they just have to go and smash it.
This is pretty straightforward, line it up and I demonstrate in the video how to pull it through. The second way I like to fish is on an Owner Twistlock Hook. You can use it unweighted or weighted, I like mine with a 16 ounce weight, it gives it a little but more heft to really chunk it out there in the water. It skips perfectly over those lily pads and when you drop it down it has this nice, subtle fluttering motion. The legs are just barely kicking, it looks like a frog that has jumped off and it's not doing well, the fish feel like they have to smash it. Also what you can do with this, is you can almost fish it like a twitch bait and throw it out there and just hop it in and the frog sits there and kind of jumps. You will get absolutely hammered throwing that thing around cover and brush logs because it's super weedless.
I also have a demonstration of rigging it on the Owner Twistlock that's a 1/16 ounce. I stick that in the rigging nose and make sure it hangs straight and rigs to where it's totally weedless.
I got a question about rigging it on just a regular worm hook, so I got these Lazer Sharp 3-round bin worm hooks. They're not even EWG, they're just regular. So I'm just going to rig this into the rigging nose just a touch, I don't want to go too far in there and get that neck all the way in. This is very similar to how it's going to act on the Twistlock. I'm going to bring that back to here to that midsection, punch it through and boom. You see it sets right behind that hump in the head, the point does, so you can just kind of skin click it back there. It's very weedless, this is a very lightweight setup to sink really nice and slowly. So there's your third, bonus way to rig the Tecnho Frog.
All right guys, I hope that gave you some ideas. Please let me know if you're figuring out any other ways to rig it, I'd love to hear them because I think you can rig this any way you want to with that special rigging nose.
So the original concept of the Techno Frog was very much about fishing a frog and it's not like any other frog lure you've seen before. Everybody's used to throwing the top water frog, it's a classic and it's been done for a long time, but frogs don't only live on top of the water. Did you know that bullfrogs are one of the biggest predators of bass eggs? When they're on the spawn, they're not doing that for the top of the water, they're getting down in there and eating it up!
So we wanted to design a lure that specifically targeted that instinct in a bass to really whack the crap out of a frog that's down in the water, swimming around and we have done it. This is the Techno Frog.
The Techno Frog and Ways to Fish
So this lure smacks the crap out of bass, they have an instinctual reaction to it as it flutters by. You can fish it on a Ned head, if you have a hard bottom you can twitch it along on the bottom. My favorite way to fish it is with an owner twist lock hook with a 1/16th ounce weight on it. It hooks perfectly in the back and it's completely weedless, you can throw that thing up in the lily pads all day long and they absolutely inhale it, especially when you drag it across the top of that lily pad.
The Rigging Nose of the Techno Frog
One thing you'll notice on the Techno Frog is there's this little piece of plastic sticking out of its nose and that was a key part of our design which makes it like no other lure that I'm aware of. You'll see a lot of frogs, or even fish, imitations that are just the shape of the fish and ricking those can be very difficult and tricky. You have to get some special hook and parts that you can only be made in places like Taiwan and blah blah blah. So we said, you know what, we don't want fish like that. We want to have a variety of ways to rig this, but still get that very lifelike shape and appearance of a frog and that's why we came up with our ringing nose. You can throw a net head on it which comes out perfectly in the top of the frog's head, you can use an owner twist lock hook which comes out super weedless because that hook comes right up the back of the head, there's a million ways to rig it and hope you find one that works for you.
Keeps the Bass Guessing
If you've ever fished a lake where everybody gets on some kind of bite, whether it's a topwater frog or a Senko or whatever, you'll notice that it's hot for awhile and then it tapers off because the fish get used to it. I can tell you the fish in your lake have never seen a lure like this one so I hope you'll check out the Techno Frog.
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First off, let’s talk design principles. I don’t want to do any gluing which is the traditional way of making lures by gluing two halves together. I don’t want to do that and we don’t need to do that since we’re 3D printing. I also don’t want to sand, or in my case, sand as little as possible. It’s difficult to print at least a rounded lure on a 3D resin printer without having to do some sanding from the supports but we’re going to minimize tat as much as possible. Also, ballast or internal weights. I don’t want to add any weight to this lure since it’s a wake bait it’s supposed to float so as long as we get the weight distribution correct, it should float straight up and down like we want it to pretty easily.
Designing Wake Bait in Fusion 360
Let’s see how we design this lure in Fusion 360. Once I have my body in place I basically want to use a rather organic shaped split line. My thought here is the back part is going to be solid, the body is going to solid resin and the top part of the lure will be the hollow shell. Then, I just execute the split command using that line so I end ip with three bodies. Then, I shell this middle body here and this weight body here. Then, I design my lip and I just place it into the body and I combine those bodies together, cut the lip out of the body but keep the lip here. So then I do a sketch in the front down the center line which I will use to extrude the back part here. Then the front I want to angle so I have this sketch here. After I sketch that line on the plane, I’ll just use the pipe command to fill in those holes.
Then we move along to the more interesting stuff here which is making the eyes. I draw the eye and then I use the offset command to offset another circle in about 1.5 millimeters. What they want to do is extrude the center hole all the way through and then this hole for the outer ring will go out about half a millimeter to give me this little inset to place my eye into.
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Freshly Printed Lures
We get our lure out of Fusion 360 and it’s printed. The one thing you’ll see here is that it is very plain with no additional fins or gills or anything like that. When I’m prototyping a lure, I wait to add all of those thing at the end. It doesn’t really impact the performance of the lure but the way I do it is by exporting it out of Fusion 360 and into Blender which is where I add all the fancy features. But, until I get the lure absolutely dead solid perfect, adding everything to it is just a waste of time.
So I’m actually using a blend of resins to print this lure. I’m using Siraya Tech Build with some added Tenacious. I would guess that I used about 30%, I just dumped it in there to look good. The Tenacious adds flexibility which helps actually strengthen the lure body itself and it helps with when I’m putting in the screw eyes that they can kind of bite into the resin instead of it cracking and expanding too much. I don’t know if this is the perfect mix yet, it’s just what I had on hand. We’re going to be getting into resin mixes and which resin is best for 3D printed lures in future episodes.
So I decided to go ahead and print five lures because it takes the exact same amount of time to print one as it does to print five. I figured if I messed up any during painting, or if one had any damage while putting it together I would have some extras to work with. After printing, we just let them go through a quick wash and denatured alcohol, curing and then we are pretty much ready to go. I decided to do some extra curing on this particular lure to make sure that the inside was very well cured. Now I don’t think this is 100% necessary, especially if you’re not using a clear resin because that internal cavity will cure very well. But in this case, I’m going to put some plastic beads and maybe a beanie or two in there and I want to make sure that inside is very firm and well cured so they don’t stick in there. I also printed some diving lips, in this case, more like wake lips on my other printer with some Siraya Tech Blue clear. Again, don’t get too hung up on the exact resin I’m using, my main concern was that t was clear and Siraya Tech Blue clear was the only clear resin I had on hand. It just so happens to be an extremely tough resin, which is great, but I’m not so sure it’s necessary.
Painting the Wake Bait
So before we put that dive lip on we’re going to put the screw eyes in and we’re going to do all of our painting. The dye lift is pretty much the last thing that goes on before the clear coat. This makes it somewhat easier to paint and I don’t have to tape up and mask off that lip which can make painting more difficult.
Finishing the Lure
So the last think I do after painting is put on the hook. I put a swivel on the back, I don’t like to put a treble hook on the back of my wake baits. For me personally, I’m fishing over a lot of oyster reefs and oyster beds with a lot of grass and so that extra hook in the back doesn’t lead to anymore hookups and it really increases the amount of snags I get. All right, we’re done and let’s see how it floats. If I was smart, I would have done this before I put all this work into it but I just got so excited to paint this lure and see how it works so let’s throw it in the tank and see if it floats. Now that I know that it floats, let’s test it out.
It’s a beautiful morning to test if this wake bait works. It seems to be pretty perfect actually, it’s looking good. I got a nice trout and roughly 8-10 fish and I’d say a majority of them were on my wake bait, it was a good day. I do throw a soft plastic for a little bit and caught a few speckled trout on them, but all the redfish were on my wake bait. But really, there’s nothing better than catching fish on a lure that you made and in this case I made it from scratch. I designed it, painted it, the whole nine yards.
Here’s a quick peek at the lure after I was done fishing. Looks pretty good, no major issues. I think most of the scratches you see on the lure are actually from the hook and not the fish. It survived just fine and I was throwing it over oyster beds and all kind of stuff. Like I said, I think there’s four or give redfish on there and at least a couple of speckled trout.
Hey guys thanks for watching! If you’re interested in buying a 3D printer for fishing lures or mold I have a whole playlist HERE where I break down some of the things you need to think about when you’re purchasing a 3D printer. As I progress with this lure and add more videos they’ll be in the lure playlist HERE.