ROD W

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About ROD W

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  1. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    Thanks for all the good ideas. I do have a proven design BUT there are factors in construction that I need to consider. Hard to believe but I have created a few negative thinkers that now are key chains or hang in the wall of shame. When I give or sell the baits it's a comfort level to me to say, I have tested each and every one. Now top waters and shallow diving minnow baits I have no worries. The divers are my worry.
  2. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    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.
  3. APPEARANCE OVER INNOVATION

    I do sell my lures. The profit thing maybe not so much. Most of my "Pro Staff" is made up of 10 year old kids who come up to my table at sport shows and talk fishing. They get a lot of free lures to be field testers for me. The others are sold for $5 ( one ABE = 1 lure) But on to my point. There is nothing wrong with art but what if the thought process was out there to create something unique and innovative. Not just a shot term money making gimmick, but something with legs. Beings we are making lures from scratch anything is possible. This post was not made to make light of any ones vision of this hobby. It was made to create a thought.
  4. APPEARANCE OVER INNOVATION

    I sometimes wonder if we the members of the group who make our lures from a solid block of wood and not purchased blanks are doing ourselves and maybe the tackle industry a disservice. Hear me out here, we have the ability to create the next great lure. Maybe if we would look more towards the innovation aspect instead of trying to create a flawless realistic paint job someone from this group might create the next big thing. The tackle industry in generations past had many lure innovations brought to the market. Some good some bad (real bad). The thing is they were trying. With the tackle industry being dominated by bigger companies buying out the smaller guys all the time, innovation has been replaced by more lure colors and slight variations of the same lures. So maybe next time we get out the scroll saw to shape a lure, stop and think. What if................................
  5. first baits finished

    You did great. These lures look like fish catchers to me. The picture shows what I do. BUT I don't have the steady hand to use a hack saw. I went out and bought a scroll saw makes it a lot easier. Keep up the great work
  6. first baits finished

    Great job!!! Plus they are proven fish catchers. Tell me how you made them.
  7. Weight in a crankbait

    My first batch of lures were some square bills. They are a cross between a KVD and Fat CB. Ran fantastic caught fish. I was going to be the next James Heddon. So I thought I was smart and modified the angle of the diving lip to get some extra depth. Lures ran terrible no way they would catch a fish. I went from glory to ghetto. I agree look a some lures you like and match the angles but don't stop thinking outside the box. Maybe......................................
  8. First Ever Muskie On Homemade Crankbait

    NICE JOB GREAT FISH!!!! That is a great area to fish looks like you had a good time.
  9. BEAT UP BAITS

    I tried real hard in Minnesota this year to get a "boogered" up lure to post, but all the pike we caught this year were delicate flowers who didn't know what chomping down was all about
  10. BEAT UP BAITS

    I agree. Lures are made to catch fish
  11. BEAT UP BAITS

    You must not be after fish with teeth. Up north a bait with no marks is a virgin bait
  12. BEAT UP BAITS

    It might just be me but I think lures look the best when they are hanging out of some fishes mouth
  13. BEAT UP BAITS

    Going to Minnesota in 2 weeks. I will see if the pike like my lures
  14. BEAT UP BAITS

    I see photos in the gallery of some real good looking baits. "Artwork" Baits are made to catch fish not set on display. How about some photos of home made baits that have had some serious fish attention. I'm talking Muskie, Pike maybe one of those Peacock Bass type gnawed upon. How about it?
  15. Collared props

    Not sure about the collared prop. Jann's Netcraft sells the prop and washers. Probably would get the same results. This is what I use on my prop baits.