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#101 BigFishin


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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:19 PM

Hey my name is Travis and I live in Knoxville, TN. Have been tournament fishing since 2006 and have just started to make my own crankbaits. Without this website i would be completely lost. Thank you for all the help. God Bless

#102 Spike-A-Pike


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Posted 09 January 2008 - 12:39 AM

My name is john franklin,I have been a member for a little while,49 years old in wisconsin,I have a cabin and a fishing rental in the cranberry bogs of warrens wi and spend all of the spring summer weekends there fishing for pike,bass and crappies,I have gained a wealth of knowledge in just a short time from this site,I have come up with many awsome big fish bait ideas and have put them to use,I also give lures that I have made to my fishing rental customers and to people at the lakes to try,its a blast,I have caught many bass over 8 pounds and one over 9 lbs on my own lures,I have not made many post but plan to share any info if i think I can help.Most of the time someone has already answered the quetion,I hate to repeat what someone else has already said but if I have a diff opinion ill chime in,thanks fro all your ideas and help.:)


After reading FatFingers' post, I had to check out you baits. Those are very cool! They remind me to a trip through my grandpa's tackle box as a kid fisking in Tomahawk on the Jerrsy City Flowage. That same woodgain peaking through the paint. Your Arrow Frog also reminds me of a pike bait he used to fish... Thanks for the memories.

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 12:48 AM

Thanks ,I like to do the retro looking lures,maybe It brings back my childhood memories also,I want to make a line of retro lures and market them as a set for collectors and to use also,john

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 05:45 PM

My name is Allen and I have been making baits off and on since I was 12. I carved a couple cranks back then but didn't know about ballasting or coating the bait so I gave up on them. Kind of quit fishing for a few years when I was active duty in the Army but started back when I moved back to Maryland. Now I have been making mostly spinnerbaits and jigs with some cranks for the last 4 years. Right now I am attempting the UR baits with the help of all the info I have learned on this site.


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Posted 12 January 2008 - 07:39 PM

Hey there! I'm Aaron McAlexander. I grew up in Southern Indiana and currently a senior at Purdue University majoring in fisheries and aquatic sciences. I'm also prez of the Purdue Bass Club (just google us for our website). I've been makin my own lures since I was in 6th grade and am currently experimenting with jointed swimbaits and will post pics once i get 'er painted. This site has helped me a great deal, especially with wood sealants and clear coat applications. I def. appreciate all of your help.

Aaron McAlexander

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 08:54 AM

Nice thread. Interesting to see everyone's background. My name is Chris and I live in No. Virginia working as an airline pilot. Started making my own tackle back in the late 80's by making hand pour worms when I lived out west. This evolved into jigs, spinnerbaits and finally repainting and making baits. After a job layoff in 06', I started a website and started selling a few lures and repaints. I must say that the knowledge base here is beyond compare and I owe much to all who contribute.

Thanks to all,

Chris Poole

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 03:51 PM

Hello fellas. I'm the newest of new. I have just begun to visit this site on any kind of regular basis in the last few weeks. Though an avid bass fisherman I know nothing about making fishing lures of any kind. However, I've gotten the bug BAD and am setting up my own workshop to make my own. Naturally, in addition to all the reading and research I have done, this site is my go to place for "first hand experience".

As I move forward with my trial and error attempts at makng lures I'll certainly share my experiences, both failures and successes. They will, I suspect, be of little value to anyone other than other beginners.

As for my personal profile, I'm 59, married, two children, four grandchildren and the VP of a master distributor of medical/surgical products. I don't golf or hunt. I FISH!!! Soon I hope to tell you I caught fish on my own "works of art".

Thanks to all for letting me participate.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 05:27 PM

My name is Tim Quick, I live in the UP of Michigan, I'm married, and I have 2 kids, twins, both grown now, one boy and one girl. I own a small sheet metal shop with about 5 guys working. I like to make prop baits, because there is nothing better than a top water hit. A good friend of mine used to fish with an old guy that fished Southbend Nippy's.
My friend would go to antique shops to buy the color that the old man had, because he always caught a lot of fish. But now they are almost impossble to buy, and the new knockoffs are junk. So I decided to make some, which took about 2 yrs to figure it all out. I would like to thank everyones help on this matter. I try to contribute where I can, but not to many questions on nippy's. I am trying to make crankbaits as well but so far out of about 10 I made 4 swam good enough to use. If anyone needs a sheet metal favor or topwater question I would be glad to help. by the way I'm 43 yrs old, and I guess even though are kids grow up we still stay invoved.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 08:49 PM

Hi Guys/Gals
My name is jim/married/52/self employed electrician/live in union ont about 2hr from detroit mich and 5min from lake erie. Really love muskie fishing then jumbo perch, bass, waleye,and trout pretty much in that order. Have been a member for awhile before the crash at anyrate.Have not given anything in return for the vast amount of info i,ve received from you guys,the time, knowledge and advice you guys put in to this site is just amazing.Thanks to you i,m ready to dive in to this hobby with both feet and with a little confidence to boot.Contributing to this site is not that easy for a lowly apprentice as myself you masters usually have a problem solved or a question answered before i can figure out what was asked.However you can bet your rusty hooks that if and when i can i,ll be there to help and contribute to this site.Thank You

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:19 PM

Hey, My name is Michael and I'm from Covington, Ga. and I do a lot of bass fishing around here. I like to make flatsided crankbaits when I have the time(chasing a 3 year old around). I have leaned a lot on here and everyone on here is so good at what they do. Sure am glad to be a part of it.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:38 AM

Name: Tommy Gomes

I,m 46 years old, live and work and play in San Diego California. I,m a 5th generation commerical fishermen, and worked all over the world on fishing boats. My fathers family came to San Diego in 1892, and we are still fishing today.

I make a scent/attractant from Sea Urchin guts called UNIGOOP, and a scent called UNIBUTTER. you can check out a pretty cool underwater video on www.unigoop.com site.

some of you might remember I posted about this a few years back, however i ran into some very personal issues in life. this product has taken 17 1st place finishes, and mulit top 10 and top 20 spots here in california and is on a roll which is pretty cool.

I like to put together my own swim baits, i dont pour any, just like to put em together. I know a few guys here in San Diego that are pretty big in the swimbiat circle, FISHTRAPS, MC SWIMBAITS, REEBS LURES, WESTERN PLASTICS, but being a member here is pretty cool. Its great to see, that even if we are miles and miles apart, we are still bonded by a tug on the line, or a blow up on a jig, pretty cool indeed.

thanks for allowing me to be a member here and i,m looking forward to helping out when and where i can....

Tommy Gomes
we make stinky stuff, stink better

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 04:58 PM

Sorry, I have been on the site for a while mainly just reading posts and taking in all that has to be offered. Armed w/ the information everyone has given, I purchased an airbrush and painted a few crankbaits. This has all been performed at the kitchen table (much to the annoyment of my wife). Since i have a room that i have stored (piled w/ all of my hobbies and accessories) I decided that i needed a work space that i can keep everything organized. That has been my winter project. I just finished installing cabinets and an 8' workbench, w/ pegboard wall. (I will post pics soon.) The wife has been much more pleasent to be around. Now i can use my spare time in a much more productive way (actually work rather than unpack and repack to and from the kitchen table.) I fish bass tourn. around the midwest and used to be a golf professional. I extremely appreciate the information that is shared within this site, it has saved me a lot of frustration and time by not having to learn this craft w/o any idea off where to go next. I am trying to reply to the picks as I feel bad when someone has posted their accomplishments and no one has acknowledged their efforts for good or bad. That is what this is all about helping someone else learn from our mistakes. Thanks to all. ________________


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Posted 25 January 2008 - 07:51 PM

As all learners to a sport i was a taker and For a long time i wouldn't give out any of MY secrets. Then finally i found the pleasure of teaching what i had learned. I think its an evolutionary process. I still give out bad advice to those who don't release bass, corbina, marlin or any fish thats too good to be caught only once. Ill be happiest when i get to share what ive learned.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 10:15 AM

My name is matt skreen im 27 years old. I grew up in 5 different small towns always living on a like and loving to fish. I have 3 boy Ben(5), Alexx(4), Mia(2) and our first girl is due in less than 2weeks (Brooklynn). I was a cook for 8yrs but after that many years cooking one of the "Cooking side effects" realy started setting in and i decided it was time to find a better job. For the past 2yrs Ive beed installing floors for my father-in-law. When i first started dating my wife in high school i stopped fishing altogether, but then last year my father in law took me on is anual fishing trip to Canada(7 days of just fishing from 6am-8pm) and he remineded me of how fun it was and im back in full force! like i told my wife " My girlfriend gave me good reasons not to fish:wink::drool:,My wife gave me good reasons to go fishing:yay::lol:!
I havent made anylures yet but ive started to buy my supplies and my father is a city worker and cuts down lots of basswood tree in summer:yeah:so im very excited to get started! and thats me in a nut shell, $5 say im the only member that is pierced up(6 ears 2 eyebrow, used to have one lip) only 1 tatoo but hoping for at least 4 more, and if i have the time ill go with green or purple hair and a mohawk or 2 and i love Punk Rock. last thing is i would like to thank everyone here again for all your help when i first got the idea wasnt sure i could do this but with all your help im sure ill get the

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 05:11 PM

Hey guys my name is Tim, im from central Missouri, and im still in highschool. i play football and track, and of course fish and make baits:). Im a bass fisherman mostly, but dont mind fishin for other species every now and then. I make jigs, but im hoping to get into crankbaits...i probly couldnt do it without this site. thanks for the good info guys

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:51 PM

G'day Black Jack and all TU members, I live in Darwin Australia, this is the first TU log on for me, I find the site quite interesting. As you are probably aware we have access to a large range of crankbait crunching sport fish like Barramundi, Treadfin salmon, Mangrove jacks and the list goes on and on.
I have a good friend that has been making his own carved crank baits (or hard bodied lures as we refer to them) for many years now, they are called "Scurvey Dog Lures" and although does not manufacture these comercially they have gained a fan base with fishos he knows and have been used all around the globe.
So although I am just getting into making my own lures I do recognise the need to share info as my good mate Wayne has shown to me, so i look forward to gleening information from this site and down the road I will pledge to part with any interesting ideas that come from our research on the water.

All the best Marty.




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Posted 12 July 2008 - 05:24 PM

Just thought I would chime in. My name is Todd, I'm 37 and live in Gresham, Wisconsin. I have a wife and three daughters. I made my first lure about a month ago and if you search my posts, you might find a picture of it, I hope you don't find it. I hope to gain some experience hee and then start sharing some as I hone my skills.


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Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:26 AM

Hi All,
My name is Dan Campbell, I am 35 years old. I live in Virginia near the Shenandoah valleyShenandoah Valley of Virginia . I am married with one child, she is 11 months old.

I work in the IT field as a Tech systems specialist.(Screwdriver boy) and I love fishing. I do not have a boat yet but still rent one when I can and spend the day on the water.
I would love to make antique style lures as a hobby, I just move really slow because I don't have much free time.

If I can ever help anyone with anything IT related I would be happy to assist.
Take care

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 04:01 PM

my name is Richard Fleming. i am 53 years old. i live in Virginia in whats known as The Devil's Triangle. it's a few minutes drive from Ky., W, Va. and Tn and all roads lead to no where.
i have been married for nearly 34 years and we have 3 kids, 2 girls and 1 boy. i am a disabled Coal Miner since 1990. i operated a continuous miner for nearly 15 years. my wife and i love fishing and we fish mostly in Tn on Douglas Lake. we will on occasion fish our home lake Flannagan aka The Dead Sea....i mainly airbrush cranks and i hope to get into carving my own this winter......man this stuff is addictive.....i wake up in the middle of the night with color schemes and pattern's. i am willing to help anyone that needs my help. i know how you guys feel about takers, my wife and i are mod's an a fishing site and we call the "Lurker's" always taking and never giving. if any of you guys fish East Tn then come join our site. i hope its OK if i post this address.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 04:47 PM

Hi Snooterfish,

My father is a WV coal miner. I grew up in Boone county, the meeting point for the miner march to Matewan & subsequently the town that gave birth the term Redneck in the twenties.

Edited by redg8r, 18 July 2008 - 04:49 PM.