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Is simple better?
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 03:59 AM
This is the whole reason for me to start building my own baits.None of the actions out there were working for me anymore and the color schemes, well lets just say OMG.
Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:40 AM
In addition to the new interest in lure making, I have been painting landscapes in oil for 15 years. Although my skills in lure making are not as honed as painting, I still take just as much pride in a fishing lure that took three hours to paint as I do a painting that took three WEEKS to paint. A paint job on my lures has little to do with some fish in a lake, but much more with the pleasure, relaxation, and pride that comes with the hobby. Not to mention being able to get on a forum like this and share your work, ideas, and questions with others with the same passion. (God, that was gay) I have painted exactly ONE lure that I looked at afterwards and thought to myself "Man...that kinda' looks like a real fish," yet all of them have been as much fun to paint as that one. I get a warm-fuzzy when I slap on a couple coats of Devcon and see all those colors Plaster of Paris out, and yet another when I get them rigged up with hooks and they become functional pieces of tackle for myself or someone else. It’s also great to be able to post a picture on this forum of my super-inferior work and know that the only criticism from the "Masters of the Craft" will be only the most honest and helpful criticism you can find.
Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:10 AM
I find that the simple color patterns catch lots of fish, but you need to jazz those up a little if you want to catch the fishermen. Something as simple as shooting scales on bait or adding some glitter to clearcoat will sell a lure but I don't think that makes more appealing to the fish. But what do I know, I just sit here looking at Rookie's, Dean's, Blades', Blackjack's, Tiggers', and Dampeoples' baits and drool on my keyboard.
Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:36 AM
Right on Kevin...you get my vote for "Lure Painting" inspirational speech of 2008!
Posted 21 February 2008 - 10:16 AM
I think glitter adds flash, and that's a great attractor, and can be a strike triggering feature.
Posted 21 February 2008 - 10:49 AM
Action vs. Color? Action.
Not to say color is unimportant.
Realism vs. basic?
My belief is it depends on how/what you are fishing. I believe realism can be important, especially with slow moving baits in clear water, for example a suspending jerkbait for smallies. For faster moving baits, or turbid/muddy conditions, I believe contrast is the key.
And yes...I believe many paint jobs are for the fisherman...especially if you've done any research into color vision of various species/underwater physics of light and color.
However, before you completely discount ultra-realistic finishes as a waste, do some research on specific prey image theory...The basic permise is that predators become used to certain prey appearance, and so look for that. Novel images might spur attack from curiosity/anger/territorial reasons, but not initally due to feeding.
That said, I personally do not photo finish.
Clear as mud...
Posted 04 March 2008 - 08:12 AM
I would be tempted to add that there is a religion among musky anglers that says that the best three colors are black black and ... . I will admit that when I want to test a new lure, I buy any "fancy" color and when it fails to catch anything, I paint it black with a simple can of black spray paint. No eyes, no gills, no &?%$$$$h0000le. Then I get to know whether the action is good, 'cause I'm sure the color is. Just like any other fisherman, I used to love filling my tackle boxes with hundreds of colors, but when one is in a transition between smaller plugs that sell for 2-10$ and the larger musky plugs that can go over 40$ very easily, one has to become more selective (not to mention that space limitations are also a factor for these big ones!). I met with Musky guide Marc Thorpe for the first time some 5-6 years ago, and he changed my perception of lures completely. To him, there were five main color patterns: perch, frog, chartreuse, white, and black. OK, a purely black lure is not "sexy" on a store layout, and it certainly won't sell as well as that new "chartreuse-orange-dot-grey-scales-pink-belly-popsicle-finish" that is right next to it, but I'll bet anything that more fish will be caught with the ugly black one. This being said, now that I paint my own lures, I will still appreciate painting fancy patterns just for the challenge and the satisfaction I can get in finishing a good-looking plug. But I will still test my lures' action in solid black... :-) Pat