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    Fishing, Aquariums, Photography, Carving, Woodworking, and countless others I can't seem to find time for.

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  1. 1) Tricky... It typically lets a bait get down to the desired depth a little quicker and the deflection off of things quicker/more lively. As far as open water return I don't find much difference in action. 2) I don't think profile plays much importance on the cranks typically. I think much of what is said is gimmicks to sell lures. You will hear lexan can caused added flash and attract fish, colored lips attract, printed design onto bill increases strikes, etc.... Overall action the same, see above. 3) See one but overall don't think there is a huge difference to be honest. 4) It is overall viewed as higher end product so gets used as can charge more. Overall I think the differences and advantages are really small in the grand scheme of things and most highly regarded cranks aren't circuit board. More marketing than anything, 5) Pick either. HUNT on consistent basis... depends on your interpretation of hunting. If I go to you tube and watch hunting cranks I will leave disappointed both by commercial bait claims and grass root. Hunting supposedly (as the legend goes) was used initially to refer to the action similar to a dog on scent. Generally tracks straight but will veer off to the left for a while back to then left or right, center, etc... completely erratic. Simple if looking top down and you see a repeatable pattern (sine wave) well.. you can decide.
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    Too gimmicky?

    I think your buddy is correct and see this all the time with lure makers. Making something custom or unique is meaningless if if doesn't truly elevate the product and rarely is the case. Guys get hung up on trying to differentiate their product and make "unique" fish catching designs but in the long run if we take a look at commercial sales as an indicator guess who isn't around after a few years. Yes you need to differentiate you product but too many try tricks and gimmicks as that is easy in comparison to making a product that performs better. Jigs are really more about performance. A head designed to perform under certain conditions (fishing wood, slipping through dense mats, not wedging into rocks, increased hook ups, skirt flare, etc....is the only thing that really matters in the long run based on who really ends up using jigs more often. Jigs are in my opinion one of those lures that keeps lure makers honest. Easy to make wacky soft plastics and cranks as every sap that fishes will toss out cranks, top waters, and some soft plastics and reel them back in and will catch some fish (even if they have no skill). Over the years I have fished with a lot of different skilled level people and for many you would be hard pressed to find jigs in their arsenal. The better the angler the more use of jigs due to many applications they end up being very dependent on the angler knowing how and where to fish them.
  3. As you can see you will get answers all over the place. Honestly you can do it many ways and you should do whatever you enjoy doing that is SAFE.
  4. Well router shouldn't be feared but not something I would use for typical bass lures. Once we get into large swim baits, musky, and pike baits....completely acceptable and a tool anyone that dabbles in woodworking should have.
  5. Don't fish for pike or musky... Bass short strikes typically you haven't dialed in the retrieve speed/cadence/action of the bait. You have to start tweaking it some. At times it might be the color but usually the least important.
  6. I approach them just like any other bait. Wood hardener is something I would not use and don't see any need for it, especially with bass cranks and down. I have a few baits I make that are around 2 inches or under slightly. Have made a few smaller ones but more for kicks as don't really fish them as rarely target crappie or gills anymore. The rust crank comes in at 1 7/8 but after carving the master just made a mold of it so "making" those aren't difficult. The other crank is right at two inches but broad and no problem to knock out. As they get smaller easier I find inserting a dowel into the belly weight hole (wrap the dowel with painters tape to get snug fit) makes handling and carving the bait much easier. For baits the size you are looking to do would definitely look at using a dowel to add an area to hold onto/support while working.
  7. If strictly talking wood the basswood to me is about the ideal wood in regards to carving and bait making. Guys use all sorts of woods for various reasons. Basswood carves well, grain is not problematic, allergy friendly wood, cheap in price, readily available, finishes/paints well, not too soft, and just simply easy to use.
  8. I don't think I have come across a variety pack. Just individual styles/baits. Jann's ends up being around 2.50 a blank if you get at least 10. So could get an assortment of cranks and top waters that way. Always plastic stuff always and the usual sources for those blanks. You might be able to work out a deal with an individual depending on what you are wanting to spend an how much work.
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    Pearl paint

    I like the Jacquard pearls but find them more effective dry brushing and blending them than spraying mixed in a clear. I used Createx Transparent base 4004 if spraying. So the blue, lavender on the sides and much of the silver are dry brush/rubbed in. Moving onto the gills/operculum the bronze, peach, rose and silver are applied in the same fashion. Depending on the angle the colors change drastically.
  10. What air brush do you have? You have clog somewhere especially if water won't pass. You will need to disassemble and clean.
  11. Just seal the entire bead as you need to seal the interior of walls of hole anyway. Personally I would likely just chuck all the beads in a small jar of dewaxed shellac and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes then remove and let dry. Just clean out the hole with the correct drill bit and lightly sand the bead and should be good to go. If only a few beads likely just saturate the line hole and bead with superglue a few times over.
  12. Hunting cranks in the lure building community has been misapplied/redefined by many. I see videos of guys "hunters" all the time and they are not hunters in my opinion based on what was being sought out when I first started concentrating on bass in the late 80s. A true hunter was erratic and did not repeat itself in a reliable manner during that time period. What seams to be a common "hunter" today is a bait that has been designed to have a the wide swim/glide bait movement with the the wiggle (fast vibration) or wobble (slow vibration) of traditional cranks. Their pathway can reliably be plotted every single time. If you were to attach a marker on a hunter and make several hundred/thousand casts you would end up with a a solid line of a certain width not a sine wave of many described "hunters".
  13. I would clear it as is. Any scale you add at this point will have to be a very light mist of a pearl or you will kill your colors. Lay you base color first next time then mesh. Then paint your bait remove mesh and do the stripes and gill detail.
  14. I am partial to basswood as cheap and readily available and is what most of my masters have been carved from. "Detail" is dependent on the person. Basswood can get fuzzy with fine detail but can be burned off. I don't do much detail on lures typically so basswood works well for my needs. Won't have issue with grain and there is a reason why basswood is used frequently by carvers. Tupelo is nice also but haven't used much of it. Paulowina I tried seamed to splinter easily. Aspen or pine could be fine also. Maple holds detail well and crisp but more difficult to carve and work with.
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    Don't think it makes much of a difference to be honest. The industry can no longer rely on baby boomers so the need to step into modern day shopping, advertising, and marketing is needed. With social media today plenty of individuals make it with that as the only form of advertising and marketing. You just need to have the right personality. I am surprised they continue ICAST to be honest as typically cost associated with the events aren't recouped by many of the participants.
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