Thanks, Dean. I appreciate the backup, but for what its worth, it doesn't bother me.
This very evening when the sun went down I was packing up the stuff in the boat while slowly trolling back to the dock.
The middle lure of the three I posted was still in the water being trolled at:) about 3 mph. It got eaten and I landed the 37 inch fish. Not the biggest I've ever caught, but that was the "star" rating I like the best.
It's hard to say what's going on. At the end of the day, I don't even break stride for that type of stuff.
I will continue to build, post, and perhaps most importantly, try to help others with what I've learned on my own and from all the great people on this board. There are waaaaaay too many great guys on this board and if there was any malice, it will have no affect on the overall spectrum of people we've got here.
For what it's worth, I use to race. I ran the marathon and my long term goal was to qualify to run the Boston Marathon. I did qualify and I did run it and it was great. The main thing that I learned from years of racing was that no matter how good you get, no matter how gifted you might be, you will always be humbled by the spectrum of talent out there.
As I was running the last few miles of the Boston Marathon at age 38, I happen to be running next to three guys who were conversing in Spanish. One of them broke into English for a moment and I asked him where they were from. He said the three of them were brothers and they were from Mexico. I noticed that they were much older than me and they were running as fast as I was, despite their age. I asked him how old they were...the youngest of the three brothers was 65 years old!
The point is that its all relevant to a degree. We all have different styles, different methods and different goals.
If we're having fun...we're doing it right.
Now let's get back to throwing sawdust and paint.
35 replies to this topic
Posted 28 August 2007 - 11:44 AM
Posted 28 August 2007 - 11:51 AM
I am new to the site,I like what I see!! and if some one doesn't then that is their problem.Keep doing what you do best.
Posted 28 August 2007 - 07:38 PM
Individuals viewing the lures decide whether they like them or not. If there is some moron just down grading lures for grins, then he is wrong. Seems like plenty of you (myself included) really loved Fat Fingers lures no matter how they were rated. That is what counts.
Posted 29 August 2007 - 03:46 PM
I have a idea!!! Well it was kinda Dean's thoughts about if he thinks its 80 its 4 stars... and 95 is 5 stars... why not ask questions.. on a scale of 1 to 10... then add up the points..
1. Lure Apperance at First Glance 1 to 10 rate it
2. Overall Lure Design... 1 to 10 rate it
3. Paint Job
4. Life Like look...
5.. you guys finish the next 6... after we are done ... we add up the point ratings.. and you can go to a chart and see where you stacked up against others..
100 to 97 is HALL OF FAME (ONLY THE BEST OF THE BEST)
96 to 90 All Star Bait
89 to 80 You just turned PRO
79 to 70 Welcome to Tackleunderground you ROOKIE!!
69 to 62. Tiger WOODS (Lets us paint them you should just play golf)
61 and below Great effort!!! Now call a closer to fix your mess.
Then you can put in comments... And you could have a avg on his overall gallery...
Just a idea.... I know Im kinda new here guys.. But thought I would share my thoughts..
Posted 29 August 2007 - 03:56 PM
Implementing that would be horrible, the best thing to do would be to honestly rate lures in writing. Nobody will do that*, so the point is moot, really.
* And if they did, does the creator have thick enough skin to take it? Does the rater have enough experience to rate it? If a painter comes along and rates a bait that is built like dammit, but painted like a turd, does it really matter? The fish want the action, the fishermen want the rest. Guess we'll never know - all the good looking lures will have ratings/comments, and the good performing, fish catching lures with a good enough finish will be passed over
Posted 29 August 2007 - 07:24 PM
I believe everyone is looking for something different in their lures. But if you post pictures of your lures, admit it, you are looking for acceptance or some type of aknowledgement from this lure making society. That's why I believe the comments are much more reliable and valuable not the star rating. MHO
I do like my lures to look good, but more importantly I want them to catch fish. That is the real judgement. They only stay nice until something eats them especially if you are catching musky. The good looking part doesn't last long.
Posted 29 August 2007 - 08:29 PM
Ok I have followed this thread and think it is honestly very funny. The comments are just as erroneous as the gold stars or am I the only one that believes this. I don't see the comments or ratings all that big of a deal anyway since they are flawed. Leave it how it is and lets accept it for what it is.
I see attaboys on tons of lures that aren't so. Looks good, nice paint, etc...... but I see overspray on hook hangers that appear to have been pulled from a train wreck, top coat dripping off the hook hangers, paint bleed from improper masking of the bill, short cuts taken on surface prep, etc...... Then I see personal things that aren't as big of a deal to me but still don't like, for example I don't like to see a signature slapped across the bait in a conspicous place. I find it distracting and takes away from the visual appeal of the bait. Is it a fish catcher I don't know but a photo gallery isn't meant for that anyway. It is to display one's work and for some a way to learn what they need to improve on if a given honest critique.
Yes everyone looks for something different in in a bait. However, a well built, well painted, well designed bait are obvious no matter what species they are made for.
Posted 30 August 2007 - 11:19 AM
I'm pretty new and like my ole DI said about opinions ---
Can we make a motion to do away with the rating system altogether and just have comments? It's comments that are valuable not popularity.
Posted 30 August 2007 - 05:42 PM
Here here 'Dampeoples', I will go along with that- I have just checked the ratings on some of my stuff - there is none - except for one, the rest don't even rate a comment, so do I assume mine don't rate?? I really don't care, some of the stuff we see on T/U and other sites, makes my head spin, this is my "yard stick" -------- Have a go at this from "piketalk"
These would probably never get rated for finish or function (I have never seen a pike !!) but for originality and balls "willem" is out there and he is obviously lovin it. Pete
Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:13 PM
My point system idea was just for fun guys!! Heck I would take doughnuts if you like my work... or send me a fruit cake if you dont!!!
Either way I GET FOOD!!!
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CONCORD, NC 28027
Posted 26 November 2007 - 01:51 PM
A lot of times I've seen those pictures and I haven't noticed the stars!! Anyone who has made a wood lure knows all that it takes to get a nice one. I have never qualified a picture, but I'm sure I would give 5 stars to many of them!
Making our own lures involves a lot of effort and art. As in art, critics to handmade lures must be possitive, we are not buying those lures, we are just watching what someone shares. Give stars and applauses to a lure that you really like, bring some constructive advice to the guy who made a lure that could be made better, and ignore what you dislike.
There are many masters here, and all of us the apprentices are trying to learn from their experience and generosity. That is something great in this forum, it isn't just judging and qualifying somebody's art.
I agree with many of you, just don't mind the stars.
(By the way, Fatfingers's lures are awesome!)
Posted 26 November 2007 - 03:11 PM
I'm pretty new to this forum and this hobby, thus I'm still in the "dark":) in regards to building hard baits. This is the reason that I do not rate any on them, I just . At the same time without TU I will be in the "dark" wasting money,, time and other resources without vast knowledge, experience and what is the most important for me "willingness to share" by the the TU memebers. Saying that, I hope ,that some day I will be able to post a replay similar to this one below. In my books this is the "FIVE STARS" post.
Posted 26 November 2007 - 07:26 PM
Thank you, Keram, and welcome to the boards.
You made my day and I appreciate that.
If you ever need any help at all, send me a PM and I will help you in any way I can. I'll also give you my phone number and we can talk about whatever your working on, which is sometimes a lot easier.
The best part is making new friends.
Posted 26 November 2007 - 07:58 PM
that post about the marathon sure humbles me. as for baits guys it is what the fish approve. my theory. is if its fugly its good. . after a musky chews a lure would you pitch it chewed and tattered, nope its the first out next time. you guys create great work and are talented.
Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:03 PM
Do you have good long distance plan?
Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:12 PM
Keram, I have a flat-rate plan and I get unlimited long-distance calling whether we use 10 minutes or 10 hours...so you call and I can call you back free.