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Hillbilly voodoo

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  1. Painting to appease fish is easy but to please fishermen that is another story. I am not to Dave’s black and white level but I believe contrast and patterns that make it pop are more important than life exact colour. When I had a trout farm I tested a lot of things with colour and patterns. My ponds were natural so they ranged from crystal clear to very little visibility depending on the time of year. I do believe in paying attention to what depth colours are effected and water clarity’s impact. I have also painted up two lures in the same pattern 1 in colour and the other in shades of grey. Depending on the conditions the grey lure will match or even beat the colour lure. I have done this for Lakers with a down rigger in crystal clear lakes and without a doubt some colours that make a difference depending on depth. That said stained or 100+ft it’s basically contrast of the pattern and the good old black or white lures shine Still try to make my lures look respectable and think the artistic talent displayed on lures looks awesome.
  2. There is some true artists hiding around here that make my best work look like kindergarten paint jobs
  3. Take a trick from fly tying and use stainless steel leader material. Attach one end near the eye of the hook make a loop a little wider than the hook and attach the other end to the bottom of the hook shank. I have been using this trick for single hook spinners and flies for years. Even heavy mono can work but has a short life span
  4. But just imagine how much we could confuse someone as a team your technical talk and my A.D.D ramblings that head in all directions
  5. Thanks Mark same goes for me if I can help I will. I have learned how to build baits by winging it and screwing up LOTS for the most part so I don’t always do a good job explaining how to do things or why things work. Very much a hands on builder/problem solver. TU has helped simplify some of my projects for sure But hey my mind is open to be picked even if it might lead to more confusion
  6. It sounds like tinkering on a plopper over the winter might be in order. Pike are savages and have witnessed them eat muskrats and adult teal ducks. They are one of those fish that if the bite is hot they take anything that moves. Never fished cuda but they definitely look like fun but big predators are my favourite fish to target That bait is not too bad weight wise for a big crankbait 3.7oz. I have a bulky 6.5inch bait that is similar weight. You definitely feel the action on the retrieve. When I long line with 6oz weights for lake trout with these baits you don’t want to reel in and switch baits too often The guys who fish musky with 12inch+ musky crankbaits must have a good fitness routine lol I may pick your brain this winter if a plopper gives me issues but will have to wing it on my own first just because I am stubborn like that A muskrat wake bait is another rolling around my brain
  7. I use my I phone and it’s easy got the “Click to choose files”option below where you are typing when posting. Options will appear I have just used the take photo option. Take photo and post simple hope my garble makes sense enough to help lol
  8. They look good 2 styles of bait I have never attempted. I have never even fished a plopper but not a big top water hardball fishermen. I may need to expand my horizons more and attempt a swimbait and top water. I could see a plopper being effective for pike in the canals. With the plopper do you make the tail section? Been focused on a 8inch 2 tie point crankbait that I am just trying to decide on which two tie points I like best. Problem is when I have trolled it for Lakers it has done well on all tie point options. This one I think might be the final choice but waiting to test it on pike after I finish moving The madness never ends lol
  9. When it comes to hard baits first on is carved from wood with what ever tools I think will get the job done. Bandsaw and a rasp are my main shaping tools. Then they are molded and resin poured from then on because it’s the only way I have luck replicating my lures Call me whatever you please but I just make lures that catch fish. I come up with an idea and try it. Lake trout and pike are they main species I build for
  10. Is it even possible to legally prevent a fishing lure design from getting knocked off? it seems like all lures are knocked off to some level
  11. I would be talking to a lawyer on this one
  12. Every market is different and there is not one lure style that is best. There is also those magical price points that if you exceed them you also loose most buyers and sales become extremely limited In my area you would be extremely hard pressed to sell a $200 swimbait. Even though big swimbaits work they are in low demand. Then once you exceed $40 here sales seem to be extremely low. They will just buy a lower cost lure that they know works If you only sell a small amount of high priced baits it doesn’t add up to much. Now if you add some moderate price baits that sell at the same time it can be worth while You need to know your target market and the pricing it will tolerate is what it comes down to
  13. Lots of people have big dreams but few have the ability or mind set to do it. There is also different paths that can achieve the same end goal. Some also over step their ability and loose it all where the should have played with in their means and they would have still seen a high level of success. This thread seems to lean towards mass overseas production and cheap materials to try and to get in the level of the big players in the tackle industry. If you can pull it off awesome but most would crash and burn trying This is a tough game big risk but big rewards Now that is not the only option of success. Another path I watched play out firsthand never did any of that. They built their company focused on quality and reputation. Pushed hard to build there name through marketing and created a demand for their products through fishermen’s success. The funniest part the tackle was all made in a shop in the backyard by free beer and paying their friends a few $ for their spare time. They have sold their business and bought a very high class fishing lodge now. They do well and have a comfortable relaxed lifestyle overseeing the management of their lodge They may not of become a big player top name in the industry but have built a comfortable life most fishermen would dream of Multiple ways to be successful and different levels of success.
  14. The one on the left the blade is definitely not backwards. The one on the right looks like it could be or it’s just the way it is laying
  15. No problem it would be just wrong if I let another Canadian suffer without trying to offer a little help
  16. Get everything thing spinning and you will catch pike. Honestly even with one blade spinning pike will eat it lol If you are thinking a version for shallow water large thin Colorado style will work well. They will keep the weight down and provide some lift..Just the first thing that crosses my mind with that style of lure Good luck
  17. Now that is redneck innovation at its finest
  18. In most cases it is a clevis issue but I have experienced odd shaped bodies that robbed the spin from the blade if there was not enough spacing between the blade and body on some inline spinners in the past. Don’t know why this happens just experienced it and found the solution lol Something simple to test this is take a small piece of tubing cut a slit down the side so you can slip it on the wire as a spacer between the head and first bead. If this solves the issue you can cut the tubing a little at the time till you find your sweet spot. After that just use beads as spacers for next ones you build worst case this is something simple to test
  19. When it comes to dumb mistakes you’re not alone
  20. Thank you very much sir you solved my problem
  21. True I was hoping someone might have an empty mold Max bucket so I could find out the weight and subtract that from what I have here. If I don’t get a response here by tomorrow I may need to call smooth on
  22. So I recently switched to smooth on mold Max and I am reaching the end of my 11lbs bucket. I am trying to calculate how much I have left before I do my last mold. Because most of my molds are large it is an expensive mistake to come up short. Does anyone know the weight of the empty bucket that 11lbs of mold Max comes in?
  23. Always need one light colour and one dark. Don’t know your target species but these are 2 of my versatile go to’s pearl white with a chartreuse tail for a light colour 50/50 black back scale and purple belly for dark
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