Depressed Newbie...Just Dont Get It
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 05:24 PM
Mallard is right on the button there. Maybe it would be fun to start a thread with pictures of the worst lures everyone has ever made I know I have a few knocking around.
Posted 28 February 2007 - 10:30 PM
Just wait until I get back to UK and my camera, I'll make you feel better!
Posted 01 March 2007 - 02:31 AM
I've been practicing the 'finger smudge' for some time, had some success, but obviously, I have a long way to go.
What wood sealer did you use? Did you prime?
Posted 01 March 2007 - 02:38 AM
Dont get down.. If your artist you need to be a fisherman.. The more you fish the better your work will be.. Dont know if you fish my guess is you do..LOL.. But I am a fisherman first..Sports nut 2nd..Junkie food junkie, Skoal dipping.. Loving on my wife.. playing with my kids...watching espn..fool...Art is about 1,000 on my list... I guess what I am saying is.. I fish so much I know what the colors should looks like by the bait in the water.. if you want your fish to look real!!! PAINT THEM REAL!! Has anyone ever seen a pink minnow.. I sure as heck havent... Stick to natural colors.. make the lure look like a fish.. Somes simply but hard to do.. Sometimes I paint on the same lure for 5 hours.. Just to get the look I want..If you got skills you will be fine.. I picked up a airbrush for the first time in my life last month and now I am selling lures and making 500 bucks per week.. I have sold some lures for over 120 bucks per lure..I am getting orders from as far as Scotland... Keep up the faith buddy you will make it..
Posted 01 March 2007 - 08:43 PM
Yea, but nobody seems to want to copy it and the fish wouldn't even look at it.
Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:16 AM
It is very curious that a few days ago I had the same ideea as Fatfingers, that is to show anglercory my first crankbaits, so that he could see for himself if he is on the right path or not. I couldnít do it earlier, mainly because of the weather. When I get home from my job, there is still natural light outside, but the last days were very cloudy, so inside the room I could not take pictures to my crankbaits, and the use of flash would result in a poor image. But I had some other dayly activities at home, includind the topcoating of some crankbaits, of course!
I even had the ideea of opening a new thread, entitled ďbest of the worseĒ, where todayís artists of TU could show their first attemts to not buy crankbaits anymore. But I feared that some of them would be reluctant to such an ideea. Maybe they would agree to show their first lures to a close friend, with the hope that the reaction would be:
ď- Wow Ö now I can see you are a self-made artist ÖĒ
But to show them to everyone, that would be too much.
Well, me too I asked myself if I should show my first crankbaits to the world, but what the hellÖ the world would laugh, and thatís all !
So here is my first crankbait, which I made some 18 Ė 20 months ago, using school paints and brushes which I borrowed from my 9 (then) years old son:
But there is more. I have to tell you that my very first crankbaits were made some 25 years ago, when I made 10 -15 crankbaits (donít recall the number). A friend of mine gave me a plastic crankbait, it was a Shakespeare one, it was totally red, hollow inside, and had a BB in it, which made a terrible noise. It was also very big, so I didnít even fish it. But that thing gave me the ideea of trying to make crankbaits. On that time, nobody here used crankbaits for fishing, it was practically an unknown type of bait. There was no information available for them, whatsoever. So I had to invent the whole technological process of making them.
At the same time, someone showed me how to fish with spinner baits, and I caught lots of fish with them. There were only a few fisherman who have seen a spinnerbait on that time. Both being new to me, I fished my first crankbaits a few times, I caught nothing, and I came to the conclusion that this weird kind of lure could catch fish only accidentally. Meantime, I started to make my own spinners, which proved to be very successful, so I didnít bother about crankbaits until recently, when I went fishing once, and caught fish on a crankbait which I bought just to have it, and I didnít caught fish on spinners.
So here are some of my very first crankbaits. You can notice that to some of them I applied a metal foil, so I could claim I am the inventor of painted foil technique!
The only thing I fear is that someone could say:
- well, your very first crankbaits look almost as fine as the ones you make today!
Sorry I have to disagree with you. I think that you should not tell others not to make pink minnows, just because you havenít seen one. Here is mine:
It is true that I didnít catch a single fish with it, but wait Ö that pinkie wasnít fished yet! I wait for warmer days to try it. And I have greaaaaaat expectations. This is all about fishing, isnít it?
If there is a rule I had not heard about yet, which says that you should not try to catch a fish with a pink minnow, I still have the chance that some fish suffer from daltonism, donít I ?
And what if I tell you that the image of that fish comes from a picture which I made myself to a minnow? Would you believe it? I think you wouldnít. Well, it is true. But I have to tell you that I changed the real color of the fish on the computer! Just for fun!
You also urge anglercory to paint crankbaits real. Perhaps only ďrealĒ crankbaits would catch fish. But is it so? I think not. What about some crazy firetiger patterns, do they look real? Or the already classical white crankbait which had the crazy ideea to borrow a head from a totally red fish? Is this real? Maybe there are such minnows as ocean fish, I donít know about them, but I have not heard about such minnow in the waters here, where such crankbaits still can catch fish.
And what about spinners? When I caught my first fish on a spinner, I asked myself what the hell a fish thinks a spinner would be? Animal, minnow, insect, reptile ? Up to now, I didnít found the answer.
So I think each crankbait maker should follow 2 directions in his activity:
Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:49 AM
Great article Rofish.
I can't wait to show you some of my earlier creations from five months ago. Not, just because of the finish, which has progressed very little as I concentrate on other aspects of the hobby, but for the whacky design ideas.
I promise to resurrect this thread when I get back to my camera in a few weeks.