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Making A Living Selling Lures?
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 11:56 PM
I have made lures since the early 1990's. Did it full time for a few years but with rising costs to everything and healthcare going through the roof I am working a fulltime job and also doing lures. Riverman and Fatfingers had some great points. When you get into it to a point that more and more stores order form you it sometimes gets overwhelming. Making them all yourself pretty much eats up every minute of every day. I have cut back on my production in the past two years some because I am trying to spend more time with my kids as they are growing up but the lure making still eats up a lot of my time. I love it though. I think if you are thinking of doing it fulltime you really need to understand it is going to take up almost all your free time and you really need to love making them. I think making lures is something I will do till I die. For me its still fun. Just wish I had more time to fish!!!
Posted 15 April 2010 - 12:07 AM
Guys, if you don't know who this is, you should. Leo is one of the country's finest bait makers...ever. His baits have put some amazing fish in a lot of guys boats over many, many years.
Welcome aboard, Leo.
Edited by fatfingers, 15 April 2010 - 12:08 AM.
Posted 15 April 2010 - 12:33 AM
FATFINGERS, I must have some major computer problems because I somehow logged in the last time as a different user here. I dont know how the heck that happened but now its right??? Anyhow, thanks for the comments.
Posted 15 April 2010 - 12:38 AM
I'm doing pretty good. I started with nothing and still got half of it left!!! LOL.
Posted 16 April 2010 - 04:46 PM
Sure...I help design and create H20 Xpress Lures. A lot of our colors are your must have colors manufactured by just about every bait company. But we do a lot of our own colors also. We have disected fish to see what type of bait they are eating and then copied the bait color (salt water). Other times we go out and cast net and then pull out the ol camera and start snapping some detailed pics to send to our painters, and some or just slight changes to existing colors.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 04:00 AM
Leo, how right you are when you talk about it taking up every minute. I have been making baits for less than 5 years and it is all consuming but consuming in an addictive way. It is definitely something I will be doing till I die.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:49 AM
, .making lures and selling at a professional level becomes a lifestyle. we have been at it for 25 years. i started out custom painting baits. then came contract work. injecting our own product into the scheme of it al to keep the lights turned on. you cannot count hours... if you do decide have a business plan, be honest and above all marry a girl thats understanding.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:47 AM
woodie hit the nail on the head when he said about marry the right girl. I'm lucky that my wife is supportive of me making lures but she also helps with all the ordering of paints, hardware, packages and helps out assembling. The other thing with making lures is it sort of takes over your house too. My dining room for years was used more for assembling than for us eating in there. My wife finally I think had it this past year and when I had my new shop built we made an area just for assembling. Funnest thing with making them though is hearing from people that are all excited and telling you stories about what they caught. That makes it all worth while.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 03:40 PM
wait a minute here your telling me you can make money building fishing lures? LOL I'm going about it all wrong
Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:49 PM
After reading this a lot of guys are right on the money. If you love to fish and spend time with your family this is not the business that you want to be in. You will start of making all the lures that you can make and when thats not enough and thats when you have to hire help and thats when every thing changes. I have been in the business for twenty eight years and I have seen it all when it comes to help. Another thing that you have to deal with on a regular basis is the federal goverment wich will take a lot of your time dealing with them. I have been ask so many times how did you come up with a business building lures thats is worth two million?, and I tell everybody it is easy , Invest five million and wait two to three years and you will have one. I advise working for the big guns or selling your ideas to one of them, And you will make more money and all the time to spend with your family and fish. Im sure this is not what you wanted to hear but this is the truth. Hope this will help you.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 09:02 PM
Come on Salty - I saw you getting out of that Bentley at the Providence show. I'll bet when you go down to the bank, they treat you like Jed Clampett.