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Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Re: KastKing Baitcasting Reel Review
« on: February 08, 2018, 01:12:12 PM »
Not surprising. I believe I heard that they are manufactured by Trulinoya which is an original manufacturer for some more notable reel/tackle companies. Im surprised it took this long. There have been a couple other hobbies that I have gotten into where no name brands bought high end products from the manufacturers of name brand products. Of course met with skepticism and the "noobs"  would buy the cheap stuff and write reviews about how awesome it is and catch heat because what do they know. Of course the only thing you ever bought was the best thing you ever owned. Well it turned out the noobs were right. In my recent dealings in this space I have seen how much of a mark up there is in this industry. Its insane and this industry is ripe for no name companies to roll in with "re-branded" products.

Lure Making / Re: Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:18:14 PM »
This has gotten out of control. Got 15 molds now and now doing hard baits. Curt I almost want to recall what I gave you. It's gotten a lot better since. Here's one I did tonight.

Fishing/Marine Electronics / Re: Fish Finders
« on: January 22, 2018, 08:38:47 AM »
So is it 100% necessary? No. If you are looking for bang for your buck and want to go the cheap route you can purchase the Navionics app in HD for $50 and have that as your GPS. It will have the maps and contours of the lake and you can use that to navigate. Will it be as pinpoint accurate? No, but if you look at the places where you have had success on it I promise you will see something about that area that is drawing fish there. From there you can look at other areas of that pond or even look at other ponds for similar contours and that will help you unlock spots. I like having that on my tablet and I do a lot of research on their before I ever hit the water.

If you do get electronics after years of fishing I would like to say: don't let it change the way you fish!!! I fell victim to this myself, but you find yourself wandering around staring at a screen all day and not just fishing.

Also if you are interested in a boat. I am going to be trading in my 2002 Tracker175TXW. Its in good shape and runs like a top, but I am looking to upgrade. BPS offered me $3500 for it which I am considering because I just don't feel like dealing with the hassle of selling a boat. They will likely flip it for $7-8K so if someone locally wants to buy it, I am all ears. .

Lure Making / Re: Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: December 30, 2017, 07:07:47 PM »
Yep. The mold is a missile baits d bomb. A bait that I've had a lot if success with.

Lure Making / Re: Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: December 30, 2017, 01:46:57 PM »
Got some new molds in. Here's what I put toget her so far...

The Hawg Forum / Re: Turned Wooden/Plastic Lures
« on: December 27, 2017, 02:13:56 PM »
Absolutely. With my plastics I have molds of some of my favorite baits. I have used the baits for years, but have yet to throw the ones I have made since it was so late in the year. I am not going to sell something that I cannot vouch for catching fish myself. I did not get into this to make money. It was more of an off-season hobby to really tailor the baits to my liking and in the long run save me money. If it evolves into something where it can fray the costs of my fishing addiction then so be it (Im never going to "make" money fishing). So far I have been making small sample packs and giving them to people who run forums, fishing clubs, or any other online club just to try and get feedback on them. In the spring I will likely roll out a series of videos of the baits, how I throw them and what feedback I have gotten and start throwing in packs of baits as prize packs for tournaments.

Im actually really excited for some of the new molds I have coming is because they are of a couple of my favorite baits that I love to use, but always felt like they made a minor flaws. The first is the KVD Dream Shot from Strike King. They salt the plastic making it more dense and for a drop shot bait I dont know if I like that. The density makes me feel like I have to over work it to keep it horizontal as the bait does sink and will just fall vertical if you are not twitching the rod tip constantly. I have some experience using an X-Zone Slammer which has a bit of buoyancy in the tail that I really liked. I will be experimenting in adding a buoyancy to the tail of a dream shot, adding a scent and then tweaking the colors.

The other bait I love to pitch is a Reins Crawtube. This is a great bait to pitch in vegetation, but I think everyone I know who has ever used it immediately pinches the claws off of it to make it more streamlined (their only purpose is to slow the fall). Also I feel like Reins limits the colors a bit vs a company like Missile Baits. If I am pitching a texas rigged tube I like it to have ribs so I can skin hook the point on the ribs and not let it get buried in the plastic (since its already punching through so much plastic). So I have a 4"  ribbed tube coming that I am looking to make with a more durable (harder) plastic, no salt and in colors such as "candy grass". Also the tube ill have more "meat" in the head than most tubes of it to be more durable while its texas rigged, but still have a cavity large enough to stuff an ear plug in there (if you choose) to make it stand straight up. .

I threw those 2 ideas out there as examples of what I mean by making minor tweaks to existing baits to make them batter. Even if its just taking the things you like about 1 bait and combining with the things you like about another bait.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Turned Wooden/Plastic Lures
« on: December 26, 2017, 01:05:22 PM »
Good for you for getting this up and running. The big swimbaits would likely be a hot seller just because they are so expensive right now. The only catch is that other people are seeing that and a lot of people are looking to dive into that business as well due the prices those are going for. They don't seem that tough to make, but the internet is raving about them and the profit margin is huge. So what will likely happen is we will see an over saturation of them, prices will drop and the margin will shrink.

The one think I will suggest is put quality first. When you say walking baits, the market is just saturated with them, but they all look at it as because its a simple bait that they can cut corners. For example Strike King makes the sexy dawg in a whole mess of awesome colors. They look great and work well but put just awful hooks on them. If a fish is hooked well on them, the hooks will break while trying to get the hook out of the fish. That causes me to replace every hook on all those baits. As a customer, we should not have to do things like that. So Curt is right in that you don't have to invent something new, but if you give it to people in a way they have never seen before you will likely see a loyal group of followers. Also, you will see opportunities to take a created product and build upon it. There are a lot of great baits out there, but a lot of them have a flaw.. fix the flaw and you got something. For example.. the whopper plopper has really caught on as a big fish catching lure. Other companies are now starting to make similar items but I don't know of one yet that has solved some of the biggest flaws with the bait. The first is that even one rogue blade of grass will stop that prop. Something that will keep that prop clear would make that thing a beast, and the second flaw is once the prop stops the bait spins out of control and will twist your line horrendously. Find a way to keep that prop free of grass (like a small guard on it) and have that front eye swivel and you have something there.

I am working on something very similar with my soft plastics. My molds are that of some of my favorite baits to throw. However, there are things about those baits I feel can be improved upon. Different colors, softness vs durability, scent, salt, buoyancy, etc.

Lure Making / Re: Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: December 04, 2017, 03:01:50 PM »
There are a lot of good ones out there. I really feel the rockvibe shad looks like its missing a head LOL. My go to has been the 1/4oz(mostly) to 3/8oz VMC swimbait jig head. The keeper on these things are awesome. I used to use some other jigheads but had to put a dab of glue to keep the bait up the shaft. With this keeper the bait stays there until a fish bites it in half or you decide to rip it off yourself.

Another route is an underspin.

I was taught to throw these while fishing with Paul Mueller and I really haven't looked back. Its just produced. I fish it on a similar set up as he does with 12-15lb braid to 8lb fluoro leader on spinning tackle.

Lure Making / Re: Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:37:59 PM »
4" is the go to for me. Later in the year there were places where I saw the bait was small so I downsized to a 3.25" and they were getting annihilated. I have 5", but will seldom throw them. If Im throwing a 5" its usually for largemouth and Im swimming it off the bottom.

Lure Making / Re: Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:29:57 PM »
Thanks Curt.

The rockvibe shad is a big time player for me anyplace with hard bottoms and smallies. When it comes to soft plastic swim baits there are really 2 modes of thought. There are the ones with super light/thin paddle tails that give a really tight wiggle even when going slow which are better as chatterbait and spinner bait trailers. The rockvibe shad goes in a different direction in a long thin stem with a thick/heavy paddle on it. If you grab it by the head and hold it vertically upside down the tail almost fully doubles over. That paddle really goes hard side to side giving it a wide wobble (even when going slow) and a side to side roll. The side to side roll draws a lot of attention, especially with baits that have contrasting colors and flakes. The roll just flashes that stuff very nicely. The down side to them is that are less than ideal as trailers, and sometimes will hook themselves while casting. However, dragging one of these on a swimbait jighead on the bottom is deadly for bigger smallmouth. For a lot of people this has replaced the Carolina rig because it does bring in a better quality fish and is less likely to gut hook a fish. The Carolina rig will always have a place in my heart though.

One tip I would like to share is don't get too jumpy. They seldom gulp these down in one shot. The bites comes as very light ticks and they will often mouth it a couple of times (sometimes biting it in half) before fully gulping it. When I first started doing this it was so hard not to try and jack the fish, but just stay on the slow steady retrieve. When they do gulp it the almost always come from behind, gulp it and turn away. So the slow and steady with a gentle lean into them is more than enough to hook them as they essentially set the hook themselves.

Lure Making / Re: Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: December 02, 2017, 09:51:15 PM »
So the 2 places I get my molds and plastic and equipment are Do It molds and ebay. Do it has some decent stuff. Ebay has dealers in the ukraine who make molds of some mainstream baits. My advice is they sell plastic molds and aluminum. The plastic are tough the work with, but the aluminum are really good. Before you start, do your research on this. Look at the plastics, hardener, softener, salt, scent do to the baits. ... and then just experiment. I have not fished with my baits but bath tub tests will show you a lot. What makes a yamamoto senko special it's it's high quality plastic and crammed with as much salt and softener as it can hold. I tried to do the same with my plastics. Some companies harden the plastic to make it more durable, but that hurts the action. In my eyes I make then myself.. and I can recycle them. I don't care how long they last because I have an endless supply of them. So if it's meant to be soft, I want it as soft as possible.

Lure Making / Re: Pouring Soft Plastics
« on: December 02, 2017, 07:56:25 PM »
Getting into this quite a bit and I have to be honest. I am impressed with the quality of how these are coming out. The ability to use salt, scent, softener, etc to control the action, buoyancy etc is amazing.

At this point I can do rockvibe shad, senkos, d-bombs, paca craw, lizards, and flukes.

The rockvibe shad are a smally crusher for me. These are some I made today. The dark part looks like black. Its actually green pumpkin with purple flake.

The Hawg Forum / Re: On the brink
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:56:58 AM »
Hoping for more good weather to come. Smally bite is still good.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Chilling Out
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:10:25 AM »
Got out to Slatersville yesterday. Water temp was 38 in most of the pond. Mid day some of the shallow bays were 40-41. Early on, ice on the guides was an issue. As it warmed up it became less of a problem. Got a few bites on a suspending jerkbait, which feels weird to throw there as most of it is shallow and if overgrown most of the year. I got a 4lb there last weekend on a weightless fluke, but the water temp was still over 50 then.

The Hawg Forum / Fall Feed
« on: October 30, 2017, 07:03:36 PM »
This fall I have mainly been smally fishing but on Saturday figured I would hit a local spot for a couple hours. Got this big girl. She weighed 7lb 2 oz. I got her in a lay down on a green pumpkin vile craw.

Here is the video of me letting her go:

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