TU Etiquette Takers Vs. Givers
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:35 AM
My name is Greg. I'm 37 and from Pennsylvania. Saw a guy in Virginia Beach hand carving duck decoys and was immediately sucked into carving as a hobby. Started a year or so ago trying hand carve fish and lures. Hoping at some point in time to make just enough cash to cover the cost of tools. Other than that it's just a hobby I hope to make last.
Thanks to all of you who provide such good information to help us new guys get started.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 12:46 PM
Hello All.....My name is Michael and i'm 51 years old....married 25 years and have 2 beautiful daughters and now a gorgous granddaughter. After surviving a massive heart attack at age 38 I decided i'd had enough of the fast paced big city lifestyle and all my wicked partying ways, and I moved my family from Tulsa, to a rural town in a very scenic area of southwest Arkansas. Now we are surrounded by the Ouachita national forest and everywhere I look is a postcard perfect picture.....I now know why they call Arkansas the "Natural state".....Moving here was the best thing I've ever done....wish i'd done it 20 years earlier.
I was introduced to fishing by my grandfather who would take us boys down to the pond during our summer vacations with them.....been addicted ever since. Once I caught a largemouth bass from a local steam I became hooked on bass fishing, but I still fish for most anything thats biting at the time. A couple of my fishin buddies and I started pouring our own jigs and spinnerbaits back then, and I even tied my share of trout flies. Somewhere in my late 20's I got involved in sprintcar racing with my brother and ended up spending ALL my spare time at race tracks or working on the race cars and got completely away from fishing.....so much so that as time went on my wife would sell off my tackle alittle at a time during her yearly garage sales, eventually leaving me with no fishing equipment at all.
With the help of a good friend that also moved here a few months back we got to talking about fishing we used to do, and we ended up purchasing an old 1968 KingFisher bassboat we happened across in the neighborhood which started our journey back into the world of angling.....Boy I tell ya what...I couldn't be happier....I had forgotten just how much I loved this sport, and I can't wait for our weekly fishin trips to nearby lakes. Although i've had to start over collecting tackle, and the much higher prices then I was used to,got me to thinking about making some of my own again....Mainly plastics for now...worms, saltcraws, swimbaits, etc....being a research fanatic I started by searching the internet for current tackle trends and supplies as well as "how to's", which led me to run across this website....it didn't take but just a few minutes to realize I needed to bookmark this place and start soakin up all the info and wisdom I could.
I've been an artist all my life and i'm now a professional airbrusher with a small shop behind my home where I do high quality custom airbrushing for the biker community mainly....I paint alot of freehand murals, skulls, dragons, flames, etc, on all types of motorcycles and helmets as well as the occasional "Other" items....While I haven't painted painted any lures yet, i'm gettin ready to try and refinish a couple of cheapo store bought crankbaits that I can't seem to catch anything on....hopefully a different color paintjob will make the difference. I've been airbrushing since the mid 70's so i've got alot of knowledge about airbrushes and various paints that I'll gladly share with any of you that have questions....so feel free to ask or email your questions to me at Airbrusher@sbcglobal.net
Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:29 AM
Hi my name is Shawn I'm 32 from ellwood city pa which is about an hour north of Pittsburgh. I started messing around with lure making this year as away to keep busy in the winter. So far I'm hooked (no pun intended) and the more I read the more things I want to try as long as my pocket book holds out!
Posted 20 January 2014 - 01:21 PM
MY NAME IS JOHN AND I LIVE IN MIDDLE GA....I'VE BEEN MAKING LURES FOR ABOUT 10 YRS...THIS TOPIC GIVES ME A FEELING OF GUILT AS I HAVE BEEN A TAKER NOT A GIVER.....HAVING SAID THAT I DON'T PUT MYSELF IN THE SAME CLASS OF MOST OF YOU MEMBERS SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT I COULD ADD......I VISIT THIS SIGHT SEVERAL TIMES EACH DAY AND I TOTALLY ENJOY IT.....ALL I DO MOST EVERYDAY IS WORK ON LURES....TRYING TO BUILD A BETTER "MOUSE TRAP"..IT'S NOT JUST A HOBBY TO ME......BUT MORE AN OBSESSION AND I TRULY ENJOY IT....IN ADDITION I HAVE MADE SEVERAL DEAR FRIENDS ON TU AND ONE THAT I CONSTANTLY GO TO FOR ADVICE.......SO THANK U ALL AND I'LL TRY TO DO BETTER.........JOHN
Posted 20 January 2014 - 02:05 PM
My name is Jared Sievert and I'm 31 years old. I live in Zeeland Michigan and have really just started to make my own baits. I've gotten decent at making musky and pike spinners which was the reason I started making my own baits due to the cost of the professional ones. I have a few blanks that I've carved but dreading painting them because I have never done it and don't want to make them look terrible. I joined tackleunderground a couple of weeks ago and have learned so much! I have added some info to posts so far but don't really have much knowledge to give yet. I hopefully will contribute more in the future. Thanks to the creators of the site and to those that share their knowledge with us.
Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:04 AM
My name is Barry Sterud. I'm 58 and retired from deep sea shipping as an Engineer. I have always loved fishing but only got into Bass fishing about 10 years ago. I live in Oakley, California which is located adjacent to the California Delta. I fish local club tournaments and some local pro shop tournaments. I started out tying up hand poured jigs. A friend showed me how to get a MS Slammer bit but he also had one that didn't walk well out of the package. I tried to fix it but decided I could do better. Mine didn't last long. I started painting 1.5s and 2.5s for myself and gave some away to my friends. Next thing I'm repainting a Wake Jr. for a friend and it turned out good. Then I started making wake baits. I didn't copy exactly, I just used all of the features I could do from a Huddleston, a Slammer, and a Wake Jr. to turn out a rainbow trout wake bait like I put in the gallery here.
At first I got tips from Dakota Lakes website and Youtube, then I got on to TU and really enjoy the site. Think I have been able to add some good ideas to several of the threads. I don't think anyone should freak out over the read vs. replies. I only reply if I have something to add that I feel might be of some value. Even then, another member has already covered it just as well or better than me so I leave it at that. Also, I will read threads in other sections like soft baits just to see what everyone is doing over there even thou I have no plans to start in soft plastics and couldn't advise anyone there.
Keep it fun,
Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:55 PM
I agree I see all to often someone ask a question and have it answered, them someone chimes in with the same information and another and another with one or two changes in the explanation it just seems sometimes people feel the need to be heard regardless if the question has been answered which grossly exaggerates their post count. I can see if someone answered the question but say didn't put up a link and the following post did, I'm probably guilty of that but content trumps fluff and filler any day.
Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:16 PM
My name is Bryan Barr. I'm 39 and married with 2 sons. About 3 years ago I took a fishing trip to Wisconsin and that's where I got the idea of lure making. While fishing one morning I noticed schools of baitfish getting spooked by something larger. Figuring a top-water might be a good choice I tied on a smithwick devil horse that I purchased the week prior. I never did catch anything on it but I liked how it looked in the water. I liked the old school feel to it. I never owned any wooden lures aside from a few wall hangers from my grandfather. That night while unloading all my gear out of the boat I really sat down and looked at the lure. It seemed so easy to make that a monkey could do it! Boy was I wrong!!! I can't say I wish I never tried making that first lure, but I will say I wish I knew then what I know now. Fast forward to now, even with the time and money spent I'm really glad I got involved in tackle making. I thank TU and all it's members for everything I've learned. I wish I could contribute more because I really do take more then I give but the fact is most anything I need to know the search engine finds for me. It seems anything I need to know has been covered at some point. The new questions or current topics are usually way over my head!
Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:07 PM
I go by Crankie and I am a senile I mean senior citizen. I've been painting lures now for about 10 years. And, yes I have learned quite a lot from the Masters here at Tackle Underground. I have had some of my lures used by some pros for the FLW Walleye circuit as well as the FWL League, and now for some guys with the Cabela's Walleye series.
I thank the original core group that started TU and thank those who post their fine tutorials to help us novices out.
Posted 22 January 2014 - 06:20 PM
My name is Phil...I am married with one daughter and a black lab named Otis. I own a financial services company ( investments, insurance, and planning) in Illinois. Been bass fishing about 20 years. Painting baits for about 2 years. I try to share ideas or feedback whenever I feel I have something to offer. Lure painting is like relaxation therapy for me. My business can be stressful so I like being able to get lost in my painting ! I appreciate all those who participate on here hope I have helped some as well.
Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:12 PM
Good idea. Just started turning, carving and painting my own River Runts and Vamps. Search "Carving the face of a river runt" to see my tutorial. Search my gallery, or search on the hard baits gallery for "runt" to see the accompanying pictures. Each pic also has a description of that step.
Thanks to everyone who have and are contributing to my learning.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:31 PM
Hi my name is Don.I live west of the twin cities. I am 48 years old and married with two kids a high school age daughter and a son in middle school. I attempt to squeeze in fishing and lure building between their many activities. I have built lures off and on over the last 30+ years.
The fear of losing one of my favorite old lures, was the stimulus for attempting my first build. The funny thing is that I still have the old original lure along with my first lure that I made to replace it. I have been helped out by many on this site. I in return try to help others out when I can.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:52 PM
My name is Glenn and I am a lureaholic. I'm 68 been married 49 years with two grown daughters. I am President of the Western NC Muskie Club out of Asheville, NC. I live in Marion NC and am retired form teaching cabinetmaking and construction trades at McDowell Technical Comm. College.
I love all phases of lure making. I love to whittle/turn lures but hate the process of weighting them. I mostly do repaints, make spinnerbaits and bucktails. I go by Musky Glenn
Posted 23 January 2014 - 06:45 PM
Name is George Mechelse. Live in Ontario Canada. I have been painting lures now for over a year and have come to appreciate the input and comments on this forum, Hope to contribute as well. I paint primarily patterns that attract largemouth and smallmouth bass. Started out small painting for myself, my work got noticed and worked for a year painting for an online website that targets bass anglers. Great opportunity to connect with people in the fishing world and here what they want in colors and patterns. Nothing like catching quality fish on your own painted lures.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 08:06 PM
My name is Stan from beautiful but COLD middle Tennessee. Married 39 years, 3 children, 8 grandkids.
Originally from Mississippi. I'm a retired art driector and graphic designer looking for a new hobby for my "senior" years.
Entirely new to this lure making thing so forgive the newbie questions I may have. Have fished most of my life but I am one of those "boatless" fishermen, having never owned a boat. I know....very sad. Grew up fishing farm ponds and rivers with my dad.
Looking for a new pastime that I can develop and pass on to these young grandkids.
Have had a fully stocked woodworking shop for many years and am very fluent with the airbrush.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 08:51 PM
My name is Bill VanderLaan and I will fish for anything that is willing to bite a hook. Love chasing steelhead in the tribs, kings on the big water or pulling bull gills through the ice. Fear that I may soon be bitten bythe muskie bug. Currently restoring a 22' Starcraft for the big water.
I came to this site wanting to learn to make my own salmon spoons and have become totally fascinated with the concept of painting my own crankbaits. I am in the process of acquring equipment and supplies. Like everyone else, money is a bit tight, so I appreciate everyone's willingness to share their knowledge with the newbies. Hopefully, the day will come where I can help someone down the learning curve.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:12 PM
My name is Tim Hartmann. I am have been married for 7 years and have two beautiful kids, a black lab cross and a cat. I love to catch smallmouth most of all along with walleye, pike, largemouth, etc. I paint when I can and I sell the unpainted blanks along with a ton of other fishing tackle on my website. I can't wait to try my new Patriarch this summer!
As far as letting you know how I do something I am an open book. I can't reply on a lot of the posts because I have never done most of the things people are asking for. I will help you mix colors, get a cool scale pattern, give you my crankbait color charts, etc. You just need to ask. Thanks and I love this site!
Posted 24 January 2014 - 11:14 PM
Hi everyone. My name is Jonathan and I have been attempting to carve lures for the past 6 months. Everything has been from balsa and basswood thus far. I am a bass guy and after using a friends WEC Hicky I was immediately hooked to wood crankbaits. I have learned a lot from everyone here and hopefully one of my ideas can help another user.
Posted 24 January 2014 - 11:34 PM
Howdy..My name is Bob Gunderson, from Williston, North Dakota. Married, 2 kids. Started making my own jigs last year and powder coating them along with powder coating spoons. Decided I wanted to start painting my own crankbaits, so I went on YouTube and found Jake from Dakotalakestackle.com showing how "easy" it was to paint crank bodies. Love that I found this site so full of like minded people that are all very eager to help us newbies and answer any questions I've had thus far.
Posted 25 January 2014 - 01:16 AM
Hello everyone, my name is Jason Behm and I'm a walleye and muskie guy primarily I am just a painter but have aspirations to one day build my own. The inspiration, tips and advice one kind find here is outstanding and I offer what little advice I can on painting and top coats but take much more than I give. I thank all those that post, you have really shortened the learning curve for us newbies..