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Posted 08 August 2010 - 08:37 PM
I would like to start making my own hardbaits. I was wondering what all I should buy from the start and where I should order from. Any advice would be great.
Posted 08 August 2010 - 11:20 PM
Get online and order Catalogs from Janns netcraft, Barlows, and Lure Craft and start reading.
That should give you a feel for costs.
You also should find some lure making kits and guides this way.
Edited by Matty, 08 August 2010 - 11:21 PM.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:23 AM
Peruse the posts here and read the Member Submitted Tutorials. More info than any sane man needs to know about making crankbaits.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 01:42 PM
If there is one thing I can suggest to you that will make your learning curve a lot easier, it is to start with PVC decking as a building material. It is already buoyant, and waterproof, so those are two major obstacles you won't have to deal with, starting out.
I started out with wood, and went through tons of time and money trying to overcome the problems wood as as far as waterproofing, and ballasting, until I tried AKEK decking.
Plus PVC is strong, so you don't have to worry about through wiring, or other exotic hardward hangers. Screw eyes hold just fine in it, which makes building simpler.
It machines and carves like wood.
And it paints well, so that's another bonus.
I enjoy a challenge, but, for me, the challenge is in designing and building a lure that catches fish, and then in fishing those lures. Not in trying to force a square peg into a round hole, just so I can say I did it.
Once you've learned how with PVC, you can tackle balsa, the ultimate crank bait wood, whose lively action due to it's extreme buoyancy can't be duplicated by any other matterial.
But balsa isn't needed for lots of crank baits and hard lures, and isn't even the best material for most of them, so start with PVC, and learn with the easiest material available.
No, I'm not sponsored by a PVC decking manuf.
I just found something that really works for me (thank you JR Hopkins) and think it would be chickensh!t not to share.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 01:54 PM
Personally, I like very light woods, but what Mark says makes a lot of sense. The important thing is to get a few successes under your belt and by removing many of the wood problems, you increase your chances considerably.