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    Hi Guys! We are a new manufacturer from Turkey and want to share our products here. Please give us some feedback about our products. If you want some sample ,I can mail it to you free. Thank you

    I have found a few spots that never seem to freeze even when the lake ice is over 2 feet thick: winding rivers, a channel that connects 2 lakes, pools below dams, town docks/marinas that use bubblers to prevent freezing. If the winter is a brutal one, those openings do shrink some. But, I can usually get in a decent cast. Some rivers only get a skim coat of ice right along the bank. You have to be careful when there is snow on the ground because you can't tell where the land ends and the river begins. I usually break up this thin ice with a stick and walk out a couple of feet in knee high boots to make my casts. There are probably some areas like that near you. It's just a question of finding them. If there is a bait shop in your area that sells live shiners for ice fishing, you may want to ask them. There is a bait shop in my area that keeps shiner traps out in the local rivers in the winter. I am not expecting to catch bass in these areas. I am just looking to see a lure's action and how it runs. A pike or pickerel is possible, maybe a river smallie.

    Though it seldom ices over here in N.C., it is miserable fishing weather in January, February, and early March. The bass agree and unless you build crankbaits that dive 30-50 ft deep (ha ha) a true test to see what the BASS think of your lure is limited to seeing only what YOU think about it. I don’t consider that to be sufficient testing. But what I CAN do is build batches of baits that have proven fish catching ability, to have a supply on hand when fishing resumes. I can build those baits with confidence that they will conform and perform to spec. I don’t tune every crankbait before it leaves my hands. If a user doesn’t know enough to tune a crankbait, he really has no business throwing custom crankbaits. I buy custom wood baits and always expect to tune a new bait the first time I throw it, even if the builder thinks he did it for me. So to me water testing every crankbait I build is a moot point. Jmho
  6. Rustoleum Clear Coats

    Oh wow! Just saw this new thread! Thanks for creating it SW Lures Just made a run to Walmart and picked up some rustoleum 2x clear. I was amazed at how cheap it was! Just need to try tuning a glide to test it on.
  7. Soft temper wire for through wire

    NP. I feel your pain I tried welding wire and hard 304. Before finding this annealed 304L it was killing my hands.
  8. Fluid Bed??

    I would but I am out of town for work for a couple of weeks. When I get home I'll post it. What I did was drill a small hole in the side of the 3" flat cap as close as possible to the bottom. Insert the Aquarium valve and hot glued it in place. Then I took a 3.5" long section of 3" ABS and inserted a knock out test cap. I knocked out and discarded the center of the test cap. I then removed the ring left from the test cap. I placed a piece of Tyvek over the piece of ABS and replaced the test cap ring creating a nice tight fitting membrane. If needed trim excess Tyvek. The outside of the tyvek envelope should face up into the cup. Place the cup in the endcap open end up. Fill ~1/2 or so way with paint. Hook up your pump via the tubing and adjust the air to your liking. Done. I used a Tetra whisper 30/60 aquarium pump from Walmart. This powers 2 fluid beds one from each hose. I use another knock out test cap unmodified as a cover for my paint cup. I leave the paint in using one cup for each color. The only glue used was from a hot glue gun to secure the aquarium valve. Everything else is press fit. For a 2" fluid bed press in a 3"x2" adapter and make a 2" fluid bed cup. You can make cups as tall as you like. Some of my 2" cups are 12" tall and work just fine. I hope this explains it well enough.
  9. Fluid Bed??

    Chris, could you post a pic of your build?
  10. Soft temper wire for through wire

    Haha...that wire looks so soft compared to the one I was using. Need to make my life Thanks for sending the link. I'm in North Jersey.
  11. Defective Blanks

    No doubt ron, if someone did this to me I would be more than angry believe me.....
  12. Defective Blanks

    I can agree with both sides of the discussion. I won't name the company because this could be an isolated instance and I don't know what this issue is. As I would not want someone to post something negative on me that anyone can see. Also I am not asking for money back (as I told the seller), either I threw the noticeably defective baits out in disgust or they were painted before I realized the issue. Again the seller knows this. What kills me is the not replying to pictures sent and the word liar. I suppose I know to buy a sample next time.
  13. Defective Blanks

    I get it 21xdc, just not sure this is the right place for it ....
  14. Defective Blanks

    Genuine? LOL.... My money is GENUINE and if the problem is not solved..... Arms get twisted. On a forum or anywhere else I feel needed.... Sellers might consider this before they brush a customer off, While they keep my money.
  15. Defective Blanks

    Personally I'm not keen on the idea of guy's naming and complaining about specific companies on here, absolutely not doubting problems you had ron , but too easy for guy's with a personal chip on shoulder with some problem with a small company to ruin someone's reputation on Internet forums with no good reason whatsoever. Again, I'm absolutely not suggesting this is the case here ,and fact you never mentioned the companies name suggests to me you are being completely genuine , in my opinion you are correct not to name.....glider
  16. Basecoat rattle cans??

    I normally paint 5-10 baits at a time. I use rattle can Rustoleum 2X Primer in white for a base coat. I have had no issues. It seems to work well and is cheap. I mostly use D2T for my top coat. I sometimes use Rustoleum 2X clear. Last winter, I ran out of primer and did not want to run out to buy more. I used the 96 cent generic Walmart spray paint in flat white for a base coat. Those baits also turned out well and the paint jobs have held up so far. I like that this paint goes on very thin. The generic glossy paint does not work well as a primer. I primed a few baits with this and got paint interactions. It took me a minute to figure out the problem. I had one can of flat and one can of glossy. The cans were identical except for the small bar code sticky where it says gloss white or flat white.
  17. Fluid Bed??

    I made two the other day for probably ~$12. I already had the pump. A 3" ABS or PVC flat endcap, aquarium valve, aquarium tubing, knockout test cap, 3.5" piece of 3" ABS or PVC, and a Tyvek envelope from post office thats all you need. Easy build in 15 minutes or less.
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    In the end the only way to know you have made a great bait is let the fish be the judge Like stated above I too have created lures that look amazing action wise and paint wise to myself but the fish think otherwise

    OK, Old Man Winter is not so far away here in the mid-west. Ice will soon close down my field testing facility (AKA local boat ramp). I can't in good conscience sell a lure that doesn't run correctly. Mainly I'm talking diving baits here. How does the rest of the cold weather guys handle this problem? You warm weather types don't reply.

    Very, very well said Travis. Thanks for sharing.

    I think this idea is nothing more than wishing for some. I have no evidence of it occurring that I can think of since I joined in 2004. There are claims at times someone stole this or that but I think that is sort of living in a vacuum and not realizing how much is really being done by guys. Often one might find out what is "new" today wasn't new to some guy 15 or 20 years ago. I have come across it a few times over the years. I think we have to be very clear on innovation. Some guy in his garage whittling out some strange bait isn't necessarily innovation. Too many guys that make lures think that odd and different makes them cutting edge (soft plastic guys about the worst). The true test is the bait in hands of many, fishing different locations, conditions, etc... These baits are the ones that historically have driven the industry. For the small builder they grow a local following and spread out and are sought after. Any one familiar with bass fishing can see that individual lure makers, painters, customizers, etc.. have heavily influenced (heck lets be clear essentially created) much of what we see. Deep diving cranks...shallow cranks...flat sided.... they all have had significant gains from small guys. Hard to find any "history of crank baits" and not see small time guys named mentioned and several have had huge influence on crank design/build and many of the "big" companies weren't exactly big when they started and very much small guys pushing a dream. Big companies just have the resources and abilities to quickly take things mainstream to the public where the guys tucked away in TN, NC, and several other little hot beds made baits as quick as they could and had trouble meeting demand from those in the now. Most hobby builders have little chance of creating something innovative as simply they don't fish enough or understand what they are doing. No harm in that and they may luck out and stumble on something but simply they don't have the time on the water and ability to know what/how the changes they make are influencing the end product. A lot of self claimed experts that fizzle out quickly if we start to compare to others. Innovation is alive and well. Many guys on the site simply don't/can't share what they are doing . Sure we all can learn from each other but honestly (real world not PC) one reaches a point that the average guy isn't much use in regards to forwarding the process of learning. The most and best learning occurs from guys that are similarly skilled and driven. For several there is little to gain (lure making wise) from others they just simply share to help pass along information and I have enjoyed what they share. As far as cranks I like to build them because I enjoy it. I do think that fit/finish is just as important for me as I see it a reflection of my ability. If I spend the time to learn and build a crank I find it unacceptable to slap some half attempt at paint/finish. Some of the first cranks I made were some of the crappiest paint jobs I have ever seen, they caught fish, but I knew I was capable of doing better. If not I would have moved on to something else.
  23. unpainted fishing lure bodies

    Is this an ad?
  24. Defective Blanks

    I would do a Paypal claim if that is how you paid
  25. Artresin update

    Just wondered how the guys who tried artresin found it perfomed over time ? How do you rate it against E-tex in terms of durability ?

    Just curious Mark, can you name any lures that have been stolen off of this site and what is your source that these big companies have trolls.
  27. Defective Blanks

    There are some great bait body venders on TU. Look at it this way if you have a bad taste in your mouth and feel you have done everything you could I would post a pic or two here and say the name. I have seen a few sellers who get very appreciative of you once the word is out and it carries through our community, including Facebook.
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