bassguy

When Did You Make Your First Bait?

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Here is a topic that has been covered already, but here goes:

When I think back of the first bait I actually carved was about six years ago was from piece of pine my wife and I found at the beach. It was absolutely flawless, not a knot one any where on the piece. I took it home and slabbed off some pieces with my table saw. I drew a rough shape on it and started to "whittle" away with my Buck knife, before I knew it I had the first one. It worked the first time I tried it out. I made others out of that quarter of a log but the first one I'll remember forever. It has been retired because I would rather know where it was, than stuck on a tree stump at the bottom of some pond.

That's my explanation of my addiction and where it came from, how about you guys?

As the rules state, I posted a picture in the gallery of #1.

Jerry

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I carved my first last year from basswood. I learned how by using Gene's tutorial and all the tips he and others gave along the way.

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The first crankbait i carved looked so good i ate it myself.. :oooh: LMAO I have never carved one, but i'm sure it will be in my future.... :sauced:

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I carved my first in my Brooklyn apartment, in the "guest bedroom". At the time it was an empty room, so I bought a couple hand tools such as a dremel, coping saw, and such. I carved it out and sprayed it with spray paint. My wife was so "proud" of it (she is very encouraging). I quickly dissed it (it looked aweful!!) and through it in the trash. Kind of wish I kept it.

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I started making baits when I was 10+-, but I stopped when I grew up and got married. Work and kids...you know.

I started again in late 2007.

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I started building lures in winter of 1977. And proud to say in August of '93 fished in the Bassmasters Classic and weighed in a limit on day two with my homemade lure. Just saying, personnel pride thing!!

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I started building lures in winter of 1977. And proud to say in August of '93 fished in the Bassmasters Classic and weighed in a limit on day two with my homemade lure. Just saying, personnel pride thing!!

That is something to be proud of. Mazel Tov!

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I was twelve . Whittled down a hickory limb . Made a jerk bait . No paint just hooks . Been making lures of and on for almost 50 yrs.

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started tying poppers from a kit @ 30 years ago, tied flies of & on for that time to. repainted my first crank @ 2 years ago. been addicted to lure making for a long time :popcorn:

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just started last year and its alot of fun learning and catching fish on something youve made

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Well over 50 years ago when I carved my first bait. My father used to carve his own topwater baits and I guess it and my love for fishing just carried over. I have been woodcarving most of my life but only started seriously making crankbaits about 10 years ago, decoys, birds and caricatures comprised most of my carvings for a lot of years. Yesterday posted a couple replica fish carvings in gallery, hard bait section.

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I trained a monkey :yes:

I'm glad that you clarified that. I thought you were the monkey at first. Just pokin fun.

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I played around with tying flies and top water plugs around 12 - 16 years old (didn't have a clue what I was doing but was catching fish on them for the short time they lasted). Started building cranks a year ago. First one here.

It's been almost a year since I made my first bait and here it is.

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made my first back in1966 for a quebec trip. never looked back from there. watta expect when your dad took ya musky fishing back in 1956. the days of wooden crusers, true temper reels,blk mason line, 33 to 1 outboard mix. aagh memories.

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About 15 years ago. I whittled something out of balsa, although whittled is way too fancy a technique compared to what it was. Did not know how to manage the bill part, so I melted a plastic pen with two pairs of pliers and tried to shape it into a bill. Yes I inhaled the fumes. The bait worked and I never quit making baits since. Oh yes, they do look better now...

Pat

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