Where To Get Crankbaits & Accessoriescrankbait blanks split rings hooks eyes scaling stencils masking unpainted lures
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 08:55 AM
I use Hobby Lobby balsa also and haven't had any problems... I understand some folks are really picky about their balsa and go to great lenths to obtain just the right (for them) grade/grain/density etc..... I have never used anything but HL balsa so i don't really have anything to compare it against...
Posted 18 July 2014 - 07:58 PM
I was buying plastic ko's and all my feedback on the lure performance was that they sucked. I have since been building wooden crankbaits and I have had great success with them. Look into wood.
Posted 16 November 2014 - 03:47 PM
I've been using knockoff baits for a few years now. I paint my own patterns according to the lake's I'm fishing, the predominant forage and the season. Most of the lure blanks I use come from Dakota, Predator or M&N. I pick a blank I like and buy a test batch (2-3) before buying a bunch of them. If I like the action and overall quality I buy more, if they don't fish well I don't buy them. You really have to search for baits that fish well and you enjoy painting. If they work for you chances are pretty good they'll work for other fishermen. I have a guy who fishes tournaments and has friends who guide on local lakes that use some of my lures/patterns. I get honest feedback with tournament tested results from guides and serious fishermen. It helps me weed out the not-so-hot lures and paint patterns from the ones worth keeping....and make a few friends along the way. The folks on this forum are a great resource and have lots of experience at this stuff. Your on the right path, just find your groove and go with it. Hope this helps.
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