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#161 FrogAddict



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 01:04 PM

Whats going on all, my Name is Tyer Wenner. I am 23 years old from Fargo, North Dakota(brrr)  and just a few weekends ago a friend of mine and I were out spearing and while staring at the empty hole a thought came to mind, "how hard could it be to make my own suick" well that turned into doing a lot of research and finding this site which has lead me to a ton of information. Honestly everyone on this site is great! Well today is the day that the wood my friend and I ordered should arrive and we are both jacked to start carving. 


I just wanted to say thanks to everyone out there.






I'm just up the road in GF. Welcome to the Forum!

#162 Kustom Krankz

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:03 PM

my name is mike Wilson- I live in Starkville, Mississippi- I enjoy painting baits and fishing with something of my own- I do sell a few baits,however I am not in the bait making business, I am in the bait painting business- not really in this to make a living(too many out there who are pretty handy with an airbrush) more to cover my obsession- I enjoy trying to make something look exactly as it is in nature( although that has not been done yet, and probably never will be by me anyway)-  but at the same time there is a lot to be said for painting those baits that catch the fishermans eye too- after all, if he thinks he can catch a fish on it he probably can- with that being said, I will head to my table and paint some more- I have been doing this long enough to make a lot of mistakes and learn from them while also figuring  out how to solve problems you run into and don't know exactly what caused them- all of which I will be happy to share with anyone here- however, most of the time I find my problem is impatience- when in doubt let it dry for a day!!


mike  <::><

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#163 mr.smallie


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Posted 01 April 2014 - 05:27 PM

My name is David and when I'm not fishing, I'm a web developer.  


My wife and I are avid bass fishermen and I'm tired of paying so much money for lures, especially cranks and hard body swim baits.  I'm particularly interested in learning how to make my own swim baits.


I've just now begun to read through the forum but so far there is so much to learn.  I look forward to talking with you guys on here.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:56 PM

Hi, my name is Brent, and I am an addict. Its been many years since my last confession...

39 years old from Hastings MN. Do a lot of fishing for walleyes and smallmouth on the Mississippi River and Muskies wherever and whenever I can. Build topwater wood musky lures under the name Musky Maven. I love handcrafted wood musky baits and have been fortunate enough to learn things from those that have come before me. Try to share when I can, and am always happy to do so if I am able.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:08 AM

I just googled musky maven. I like the lures bro, good work there!

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:09 PM

Hey People,


My name's Terry and I live in Chilliwack, British Columbia. My local flows bring in seasonal runs of Salmon and Steelhead and the local lakes contain trout, kokanee and dolly varden. The ocean is close as well but I'm a relative newbie when it comes to fishing the salt water. But we did have some good success dragging my spoons off the East Coast of Vancouver Island last summer for Chinook Salmon.


I've been painting spoons for a little over a year and now I've expanded to painting plugs. My mentor is a fellow painter that I've met on a local forum who lives in Salt Lake but loves and fishes our coastal waters. I owe him so very much as he's shortened my learning curve and guided me in the right direction. We've build a friendship and bond that usually comes from many many years. I toast a glass of scotch to my great friend BigFishMike.


I stumbled across this forum and have been very impressed at the generosity of the members that share their experiences without judging. Usually in this age of online forum members are quick to judge and belittle those that are trying to learn and share similar passions. Another scotch toast but this time to the members of this forum.


I look forward to learning more from the Tackle Underground members and hopefully I can share some of my experiences good and bad. 


I think that maybe one day I'll sell some of my spoons or plugs but until then I'm enjoying sharing with my fishing buddies.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 07:59 AM

I see this is starting around again.  That's good.  I go under CRANKIE.  I have been around here for awhile. I did a lot of cranks plus poured and painted my own jigs.  Used the color variations I have seen through photos to blend different colors.  I have dipped my jigs and used these blends to airbrush crank baits. 


I have also given numerous little seminars to over a dozen Cub Scout packs over the years.  That's where the info goes.  We all need to pass this on the younger fisher people out there.  The kids ask the questions as you show them how to do things, but the parents come up afterword to learn more. 


Now off to the big river to ply my lures.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 08:45 PM

Hi, my name is Gregg. I'm in Colorado and have been doing this for a couple years, fly tying for 15, and rod building for about a year and a half. I guess anything tackle, except soft baits like worms etc., has an interest for me. I am an engineer by trade, so I definitely need something to drive the numbers and projects from my mind in the evenings, and on those weekends when fishing isn't the best choice due to weather or other commitments. Now that my kids are grown and off to, or graduated from, college I find I actually have some pocket money. Who'd a thunked those kids consumed so much of my hard earned wages. I've been woodworking for many years and have an adequate shop to make my own jigs and tools. Having a midi lathe and a pen lathe have been a big plus for plugs and swim baits. 


I'm fairly self taught, avoiding classes and local groups. I get enough egos and chit chat at work, I kind of like the solitude and peace of lure making. I learn from books (have dozens now) and on-line videos. I use specific epoxies for rods, but for lures I've experimented - after all they get pretty beat up anyway and I've found two-part crystal clear 20 or 30 minute epoxies make great undercoats and topcoats, protecting the lure quite well. I invested in an airbrush and have found it invaluable, almost as invaluable as a Twistech wire former.


I make and sell spinning and fly rods, more spinning rods than fly, and most people seem to want their rod customized with team colors, or targeted to certain species or fishing methods. While I have plenty of repeat and referral business from the rods, they're really not my passion. They provide the funds for the real fun stuff - hand carved wooden crank baits and swim baits, materials for fly tying and hardware for spinners! I sell plenty of these, but only after I've fished the design and know they catch. This is where lure making has expanded my fishing arena. Before I started tackle crafting I targeted trout, pike, tiger muskie and salmon. As I started lure crafting I was getting asked if my lures worked on warm water species? I decided I should find out what works best.... and began fishing for small and large mouth bass, perch and crappie. I had no idea I was missing out on some really fun fishing. I even learned some good recipes for warm water fish, and now enjoy a much broader range of fishing, with low altitude lakes and ponds in the winter and high altitude streams and lakes in the warmer months.


I've been blessed with a frugal wife that supports my hobbies - which seem to be turning into a retirement fund generator. She just asked what I wanted for my birthday and I replied I was thinking about stuff at Woodcraft, namely a new carving knife and some supplies. She said "Let's go!" While I was shopping knives and Dremel sanding drums she walked up with an armful of basswood and a nice set of cobalt lathe tools, saying she also found me some birthday stuff! What a great gal. Note to self... remember to pick up the tanzanite earrings she was ogling last week in the jewelry store, I mean after all.... how did I luck out to get a woman to put up with me drawing two or three tubs of water per week just to run lure designs, the ongoing stink of epoxy drying, the whir of machines and tools, and encourage the hobby?