MRichardson

Newbie Hello!

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Howdy all, newbie on the site here, I can’t believe I’ve been making lures all these years and just now discovered it. I’ve been looking around a bit and there’s lots of great discussions here, I’m glad I found another place to hang out with some fellow bait makers!

I’m a design engineer for my day job, but I also have a hobby business where I make musky/big game lures. I just launched a new jerkbait last year and I have also designed and developed several other lures. See ya around

Mike

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Hi Mike, Welcome to the "Dark Side"! We won't hold the Engineering part against ya much... ;) One thing about it, you will find some of these questions and conversations quite interesting as well as entertaining!

Tight Lines, Brad

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Hi Mike,

Welcome! Look forward to seeing your work and hearing your insights. You say another place to hang. Where have you been all these years?

Vic

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Welcome to TU Mike!! Its an awesome forum for anyone that likes making/painting lures. Look forward to seeing your work!!

Patrick

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Thanks for the welcoming. The other site I sometimes participate in is a sub forum called “basement builders” at the muskiefirst.com website. Actually that’s how I found this place; someone had posted a link to one of the great tutorials here. That forum is all about building musky lures and there are some awesome builders there. But after hearing good reports from charter captains in Florida and striper fisherman out east I guess maybe there are other fish besides musky lol. Are there many saltwater, musky, or big game builders here? I could use some tips on a good dorado pattern. The photo below is kind of my lure building resume’. From top to bottom the baits are: 10” Molly Bait, Triple D, MDR Chopper, Danny Bait, Baby Wabull (plastic), 7.5” Molly Bait, and Hell Hound. Some I completely developed from concept to finished product, others started with a wood prototype and I did the CAD design making it feasible in plastic, then did the mold design, and develped the molding process. The only baits that are still mine are the Molly Baits and the MDR Chopper. The rest are either from old partnerships or projects for other people. bait.jpg

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Hi Mike

Sorry I can not help you with dorado pattern.

Your baits look very good. The cupped bill on you Molly bait is different. What does this do for the action on the bait? Also like the curves on the bait . The shape is also different. Really like the Chopper as well. It and the one below it have the bib built into the body. Very nice work! Thank you for sharing .

Vic

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Welcome, those are some awesome Musky baits. To me some of the big Musky baits make great largemouth baits as well. Nice work!!

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Welcome to TU......there a great bunch of guy's here and they can teach you a lot.....great job on your baits...

Brent

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Your baits look very good. The cupped bill on you Molly bait is different. What does this do for the action on the bait? Also like the curves on the bait . The shape is also different. Really like the Chopper as well. It and the one below it have the bib built into the body. Very nice work! Thank you for sharing .

Vic

Thanks for the compliments. OK, here’s my standard joke on the Molly lip: The Molly Bait has Curved Lip Integrated Technology or CLIT for short – ha ha. The idea behind the curved lip has to do with the intended action of the bait. It is a jerk bait or twitch bait. The curved lip allows the bait to have a more horizontal diving attitude. What that does then is when you tap, jerk, or twitch your rod the bait will “kick out” sideways to the retrieve instead of a nose down dive. It’s pretty easy to get the bait to kick our 90 degrees or more. Following muskies seem to like that and the overall erratic action. Not sure how that works on other fish. Bait weighting helps with this action equally, but I just thought a curved lip would look cool also

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Mike the CLIT bib is destined to be a hit with fish and fishermen. The action will surely catch bass.

Thank you for sharing the photo and info. Nothing worse than having a CLIT and not knowing what it is good for.

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