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Andrew Erickson

fixing a mag dawg

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was out fishing and caught a pretty small pike that ripped the tail slightly. i kept useing it then took it off and put it away, an hour later i took at back out and the whole entire tail completely fell off. how am i suppose to fix it without buying a whole new dawg? use a lighter?

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yeah you could use a lighter, I have experimented with it and works well for me. You can also use Mend-It glue system that many guys use on their plastics.

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Redig turned us on to a battery powered solder gun that really works well. You can buy replacement tails at Thorne and we like to cut perfectly good tails off and put different ones on to get more contrast. The walleye dawg with a 4 inch section of white tail looks killer.

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Redig turned us on to a battery powered solder gun that really works well. You can buy replacement tails at Thorne and we like to cut perfectly good tails off and put different ones on to get more contrast. The walleye dawg with a 4 inch section of white tail looks killer.

+1 or the mend it stuff works great too. Soldering iron sure beats the torch anyday.

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Mend-it works great for clean slices cuts etc. definately a must have if you fish a lot of plastics. Gotta have a flame and/or soldering iron for fixing the head when the weight is pushed through or when the rear part of the harness is pushing through the body. Bulldawgs can take a lot of abuse but they require lots of fixing to keep going. Fish catching machines though. Fixing tails is the easy part just melt the two pieces together or use mend-it. Its a good idea to graveyard one to use as "spare parts" for your other dawgs. Adding extra plastic to the head and at the back part of the coil can add a lot of life to a dawg.

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The easiest way to reattach a tail for me is to heat up a knife blade and then press both pieces of rubber against the blade, they will start to melt instantly, then slide the knife out while applying pressure to both sides to get them to melt into each other and 30 seconds later it is as solid as it was before it ripped.

I use a pencil torch that I keep in the boat but a soldering iron would work great, I have used a lighter before, and I also use mend-it for most of my teeth marks or other small cuts. The only downside to mend-it is it takes a lot longer to be fishing once you fix a bait. You should really wait a couple hours to throw it back in the water after applying mend-it for it to work the best.

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I have tried all of these techniques except the hot knife... in my opinion they all suck if your making repairs during crunch time... (But ya gotta do what you gotta do) especially if you just missed a fish.... nonetheless the lighter or torch tecnique has worked well for me... I have a couple of junk bulldogs and knock off plastics that work pretty good even though the plastic materials are different... mend it is the best long term fix ive seen... My best advice would be to have a couple in the same colors, but thats not easy to say when the darn things cost anywhere from $12 to $30

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