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Why Do You Do It?
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 10:03 AM
I wanted patterns that produce better than factory jobs. Right now I only do repaints. I don't have the skill to really crank out the numbers I want but ultimately I want several boxes full of custom cranks, from which I can pull out the perfect lure for any given water clarity. Rather than being forced to choose from firetiger and chartreuse/black, for instance, I'd be able to pick a lure shot with midtone pearls and light chartreuse accents for moderately stained water.
I want a huge selection of cheap wooden lures. Wood is getting rare and expensive (ie, bagley) these days but it fishes right and produces better than plastic most of the time, especially in stained to muddy water. I hope to start making my own wooden lures eventually. I'll still fish plastic at certain times.
Of course, catching fish even on a repaint is awesome.
Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:50 PM
I live on a lake that has about 2 million tournaments a year.
I have to make something they haven't seen 2 million times.
Posted 15 June 2011 - 03:12 AM
I make lures and paints because I figured out a long time ago that when I am punching someone else's time clock, they expect me to actually be there when THEY want me to be there, not when I want to!
Now, I get to work 24/7/52! Much nicer...
Posted 15 June 2011 - 04:51 PM
I started painting cranks when most of my favorite factory cranks were thrashed from pike teeth. I finished chipping the paint and have really enjoyed the whole experience, so now i am looking for a ton of cool blanks to keep the painting craze happening. In the meantime i will go through my box and pull patterns that havent produced and give 'em a coat that hopefully will!
Posted 15 June 2011 - 04:55 PM
I have a friend who runs a construction business. He jokes, "Hey when you have your own business you only work half days. Either the first half of the day or the second half."
Posted 04 October 2011 - 01:05 PM
i love to fish and took ALOT of art classes in school so i put two and two together and......it keeps me fishing/testing new baits lol
Posted 04 October 2011 - 01:25 PM
The voices tell me to
Posted 04 October 2011 - 01:26 PM
i started doing it for a few reasons
1. just to see if i can - its a challenge
2. i have a lot of free time in the evenings and my budget doesnt allow me to get out and do much - including fishing
3. to eventually help with the budget problems - i dont want to get rich doing it (be nice thouhg) - i just want to make enough to pay for the hobby and for "research and development" on the lake
4. is simply to be able to have or make the exact color combo i want and custom tune it for my lakes i fish - weiss, neely henry, guntersville, and eufaula - diffrent colors and combos for the diffrent lakes and seasons and water characteristics
5. i simply enjoy it now - a lil bit of time spent alone and in my own world to forget about the rest of the world and work and everything else going on - i can get in my makeshift studio (spare bedroom) and turn on the ipod and slip away for a while
Posted 04 October 2011 - 08:10 PM
I made my first lure when I was 11, 15 years ago! I'm glad to say that I still have it. It looks very similar to a chili pepper! From then, I wanted to make baits that caught fish... add about 5 more years to get something decent and consistent... and then another 3 years to find tackleunderground and to learn what really makes a crankbait and swimbait work... wooohooo, VORTICES baby! ... thanks vodkaman... and tequila! Oh, TU def helped me make mine look a lot pertier too!
I've become a better woodworker, airbrusher, and general "what can I make this do" type tinkerer. Thanks everyone who's helped me become better! On the flip side, I hoard every piece of junk now thinking that it will come in handy in making "the perfect lure" one day.
My ultimate goal, win the bassmaster classic. If I can't do it personally, than I want my lure to do it. I guess the tournaments fuel me whether I'm on the water or in the shop.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:57 PM
I started by wanting to catch a fish on something I made. Simple? The very first was a dream. Paint, ballast, line ties, hook hangers everything. Took it to the lake, swam perfect. It did everything I wanted, except catch fish. Made a few more, different patterns, wow, the dreaded death roll, blow out, and then it started. Came on this site and found out about hydrodynamic forces on the diving bill, whoa, my head hurts....but the end result, they catch fish. Thanks to all at Tackle Underground. Oh, I forgot, it gets me out of the house and into my shop, my space, just the radio, and the occasional restart of the air compressor.
Edited by bassguy, 05 October 2011 - 10:00 PM.
Posted 06 October 2011 - 09:11 PM
I havent figured out why I like this. It certainly doesnt save me money. It takes up some of my spare time. It sometimes causes me frustration. Im not even that good at it. ....but yet I think about it alot.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 08:13 PM
Art and Science rolled into one. just make em and make em........
Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:40 PM
I picked this hobby up hoping that one day when im done with college and pursuing tournament fishing it could give me an edge. Also because im a mechanical kind of person and enjoy the challenge of it.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 11:46 PM
I started 50+ years ago. My Great-grandfather lived with us and all he did was fish & hunt. He was a net maker, landing nets fish bags, turtle traps, etc. etc. I learned how to read with a Netcraft Catalog, from Toledo, Ohio. Tied trout flies while in college to fund my fishing. Much of the fun for me is figuring out how to make the bait, whether I can improve on the original, maybe make it more fisherman catching, etc. etc. I have also made Rods, do a little reel repair, cleaning etc. Keeps me out from under the wifes feet. The water here in Ohio gets too hard to fish in the winter. I trieed ice fishing once. Went early in the day, but by the time I chopped a hole big enough for the boat is was almost dark.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:03 AM
I tried ice fishing once, but I could not relax with all the creaking sounds. Too Omen for me, gave me nightmares.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:36 AM
Having something challenging and fun to do is why I do it.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:26 AM
I had painted a few baits with rattle cans until I stumbled across TU. Actually, I clicked on here expecting to see an online fishing lure store. At first, I stayed logged on for days at a time because I was truly amazed at the stuff you guys had created....and I still am. I bought all the stuff I needed to begin airbrushing and received tons of information from this site, so, I began to try my hand at airbrushing lures. Even as limited as my skills are, I'm still amazed at what I've been able to do in such a short time. Most of that is due to this hobby being so addictive. The more I try...the more I want to try. Thanks to all you guys for your help.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:37 PM
Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:04 PM
Cuz I needed to a popper that was the right size.. the first one i made I hated it cuz it didnt float straight.. i didnt even paint it. Then a friend came by and said "hell I'll throw that thing" so i kept it and caught 20 fish first day out. Then a friend said his wake jr rolled at high speed when submerged adn if I could make one that didnt. Made him a bait and he loved it so much i was hooked. Plus it hard to get a good big wood swimbait.. so now im stuck! People keep asking for these darn things.. maybe one day ill have a couple for myself probably not