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  1. I guess I don't see you saving a lot of space. If you are taking paints and such to do washes or hand paint etc.. an airbrush takes up very little space. The compressor is the only real space eater and several pint size offerings that will do just fine. I have on I picked up for kicks on clearance years ago. I would rather save time painting a lure to enjoy other stuff later than messing around personally. I think I could easily get everything I needed into a small plastic tool box (compressor, brush, paints, coping saw, knives, dremel, sand paper, glue, paint, wire for line ties, etc.. .
  2. Thankfully we do have airbrushes.... As mentioned several ways of making do and in the right hands all will give excellent results. Now the issue is developing the skill set to do it well and not have it coming off like a 4 year old finger painted it.
  3. Yes it has been done. The paint and clear coat have little to no effect. https://www.kjmagnetics.com/products.asp?cat=1
  4. No gators... cottonmouths were hard to come by unless you went looking for them at specific locations and snakes don't bother me. I did collect a few on some herp trips but the only time I really came across them. I did wake up a few times with water snakes coiled up on my tube. Besides a nasty bite if you grab them nothing else to worry about.
  5. I spent a lot of time in a float tube and kicked countless miles over the years. Some years over 100 trips in the float tube. I have been known to just pack up head to the lake and fish a few hours that night with the full moon. Tie the rods down and just sleep in the float tube and wakeup up and get to fishing. Packed food and just have breakfast on the water. With the high back float tube was comfortable and slept fine but that was in college and would would likely kill me now with the tube I have but guess being 25 years older could be a factor .
  6. I haven't been crappie fishing in a long time (20 plus years). I would target them in the spring once they made their way back into some of the shallow creeks. Typically would wade or perhaps float tube some of those areas. Didn't usually take the boat out and join the madness (KY/Barkley lakes) just would catch a cooler full a few times and call it quits for the year. Did do some night fishing with lights in the summer a few times as a change of pace.
  7. I use the Eclipse HP-SBS side feed auto graphics model. It has been discontinued. I like the larger cup size for when priming a lot of baits but not really that big of a deal as easy enough to add paint as needed.
  8. Have zero complaints with my Iwata set up.
  9. We all fish for different reasons. Personally I get no thrills out of catching little fish all day. After the initial learning to fish I have always targeted a species and am looking at catching bigger fish. Don't get me wrong, I used to take the kids out and we would have a field day catching little fish all day long. The enjoyment was watching the kids have fun. In college I did enjoy contests with the other fisheries guys catching different species. We would put a little wager and have a week long tournament, only rules is you had to go with another guy that wasn't on your team and we set the total hours you could fish. It did end up being a lot of driving as we all knew various creeks and small waters that held specific fish so might spend a few hours with a cane pole and 2 lb test or unknown lb test thread from a sewing store at some locations. There is segment now of guys that are into micro fishing and order special gear to target minnows, darters, sculpins, etc.. We caught many of these small species in the 90's. I believe it started in Japan. Many will need to look into a field guide to identify the fish as not common species. http://microfishing.com/
  10. I argue that this holds true for many the make plastics to sell. Especially if one in honest about costs and time spent doing it.
  11. Many years ago I read and article regarding. I don't recall if was one specifically about Berkley powerbait and their lab testing facilities or a Bassmaster's article about fishing craws. The thing I recall from the article was that when Berkley was working on power craw design they found that plain tubes or the craw body with the pinchers removed elicited the most strikes. Of course during that time no company would market or sell something like that to the average bass guy. How things have changed.
  12. I don't own the mold but wouldn't be worried about getting it. At this point and time in lure mold making so many people have gotten into the game that much of the issues with injection molds have really reduced to the point they are nearly fool proof. As far as knock off designs, most have fished the real deal so not much risk in my opinion. Their knock off appears very true to form so wouldn't suspect it do be dramatically different in function to the Zoom brush hog.
  13. 1. You should know your costs, time, etc... if you don't know that you aren't ready to turn it into a business. I have no idea how serious you are about a "business". There are guys here that truthfully lose money on businesses when everything is accurately accounted for. 2. Don't use their names or descriptions and most molds you buy are good to go. I personally wouldn't worry too much about this. Now if you are going to sell knock offs and call it the same or a play on the name you may raise some eyes. Personally I wouldn't be too worried about companies searching this site. I think some overplay this concept/idea as I think in some way they think it legitimizes them. At one time I think more people were more concerned about a few on this site reporting you to the IRS (Form3949-A). 3. No need for an accountant unless you are truly a big business. I would search the forum as lots of advice and guidance to at least get you started. You will get all sorts of advice but your local IRS Taxpayer assistance center may be the best bet. If you feel better consulting a CPA what you spend on services needs to be routed into answer number 1.
  14. Several ways to do it. Just really boils down the the skill set of the individual doing the work. A dremel with a cut off wheel is used by some, a dovetail saw, back saw, myriad of Japanese style saws, coping saw, etc.. all can be used relatively easily. Since you mentioned bandsaw and are comfortable using it stick with it. Even the cheapest saws can be set up to cut perpendicular to the table. A properly tensioned sharp blade riding properly on the crown of the wheels with blade guides set properly cuts straight. Some bandsaws may need a little tweaking but nothing too difficult to do. Wayne is correct you will need a jig. Easy enough as you just mold your current mold. On a bandsaw once you have molded one of the original mold halves you can use it to cradle the bait so you can easily position to cut the lip slot properly and will allow proper bait registration and repeatable results. Table saw, radial arm saw, router, etc.. all can be set up to safely perform the task if one so desires.
  15. I have looked at few different ones over the years but still have several hundred slider worms. Still throw a lot of them and still use a lot of slider heads when targeting creek and river smallies. Really hard to beat. This one is intriguing. https://baitmold.com/plastic-bait-mold/worms/mold-w664-4-inch-102-mm/#:~:text=STOP SLIDESHOW-,Mold W664 4″ inch,-/ 102 mm Flat sided and a little more thicker around the egg sack.
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