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The Hawg Forum / Re: frog bite kicking in
« on: July 30, 2022, 05:10:50 PM »
Awesome Frog Fish! I have been doing well on the frog all year. One of those baits that produces well for me when things are tough.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Are Spark Plugs made of Gold?
« on: April 01, 2022, 06:40:15 PM »
My plugs just went up in price too. Up to $4.30ea  ;D

The Hawg Forum / Re: First trip!
« on: March 18, 2022, 10:03:30 AM »
I had my best year yet last year at chapmans. Again the size wasn't there, I managed a few 3s and a handful of 2lbers and that is it. I was hoping DEM stocking the pike would help out the pickerel situation.

 I haven't made it out yet with everything I have going on. It looked mighty nice when I drove by there yesterday though.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Lithium batteries
« on: March 15, 2022, 09:53:22 PM »
Ah the fun of batteries. A boat owners favorite!

I think you would be fine with a 24v battery. Ive fished on one guys boat with lithium's for 10hrs one day, and we used 23%. Hes got a full size champion and the minn kota ultrex. 112lb I think? Bigger? Not quite sure on that. Anyways, you should be good there. Money saving, weight saving, and more room for activities in the bilge.

I would not recommend a plug. Especially if you run your motor in a lot of shallow grass. Lots of draw can create heat and fry those plugs. I would hardwire something. Whether it be good butt connections or a block.

I myself am upgrading to an 80lb on my 17' tracker. But I am still going to be running lead batteries. Lithium's may come along when I upgrade in a couple of years. I think it was Pro Guide that had a sponsored spot on one of the podcasts I listen to as well. Maybe youd want to check them out.

The Hawg Forum / Jimmy Houstons RedMan Spinnerbait
« on: March 10, 2022, 06:31:53 PM »
So, as a self proclaimed Spinnerbait Aficionado, I can't watch a spinnerbait video without picking the whole bait apart. Making them and fishing them has turned me into a bit of a snob I suppose. (Probably why I don't watch Woodworking videos anymore  ::) )

But, When one of the greats makes a video on a spinnerbait I need to watch.

I know Jimmy is a fishing legend. And known for his spinnerbait fishing. But, $7.50 for that thing? Crane Swivel and regular ol cheapo blade? I wonder if its even brass. I hate to say it, but that bait looks like a glorified $1 walmart spinnerbait.

What thoughts does everyone else have? I for sure, am not impressed and sadly think the video was a 15 minute sales pitch,

The Hawg Forum / Re: Since I Moved to NC
« on: March 10, 2022, 06:16:14 PM »
Joe that would be greatly appreciated! I will have some goodies there for sure!!!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Since I Moved to NC
« on: March 09, 2022, 10:32:15 AM »
Thanks Guys! Yeah it totally was at a terrible time. Weather was bad, and peak season for me to get everyone stocked up for the season. AND I said I would split a table at Mohegan Sun for the CT Fishing and Outdoor expo with Mayos hand poured baits at the end of the month. So I am Scrambling these days.

Curt Hopefully you can get the boat out here soon! Those fish should be chewing right now down there!

The Hawg Forum / Re: Since I Moved to NC
« on: March 04, 2022, 04:08:22 PM »
I saw that chapmans had iced over on my way to work. This morning there was a decent amount of skim ice too, but on my way home it was clear.

I need to stop making all these baits so I can actually use them! I had a fire in my shop a few weeks back and that really, really set me back time wise. I am still trying to fix everything up while turning out some baits. Luckily it could have been a lot worse and nothing was really damaged besides a bit of the building. It finally gave me an excuse to lay a new floor down and move some tools around to give me some more room.

The Hawg Forum / Re: New England Fishing Expo: Boxborough mass
« on: February 09, 2022, 06:32:23 PM »
Both of you guys are absolutely right! Its very crazy. I just did a show this past weekend for a 100th episode party for a podcast I listen to, Called Jigs and Bigs. They are based in western mass. I did pretty well, and made a connection for my first out of state tackle shop. But again, the big wood baits where my biggest hit. Sold a monster 9" 3pc rat, (to the owner of that tackle shop  ;D ;D ;D) 2 of my 7" 2piece Jitterbug style baits I call a SkitterWake and a 2 piece 7' Creeper/crawler, Along with a couple smaller jitterbug style baits, and some saltwater plugs. My wire baits didn't do all that well. I did sell a few. Including a couple Titanium wire spinnerbaits.

I find a LOT of my customers that want spinnerbaits, bladed jigs etc. fish tournaments. They aren't the guys who just go out and fish on the weekend. A lot of the "fun fishing" guys I get, want the big baits. Which makes sense. Those guys go out for 6hrs and hope to catch 1 monster.

The Hawg Forum / Re: I Think It Followed Me
« on: January 30, 2022, 04:03:34 PM »
We broke the record! Most snow in a single day! I wish I could say I was excited.

The Hawg Forum / Re: New England Fishing Expo: Boxborough mass
« on: January 30, 2022, 04:02:16 PM »
It is a crazy market for sure! People will spend a ton for the right bait and you have some killer baits. I'm sure they would sell out.

As long as you don't spend 10$ to make 5$.  :nod:


Thanks Mitz! I appreciate that. I think my name needs to get a bit bigger in the swimbait world, and then I would have a bit more confidence in getting a booth. Especially selling a single bait for 50-100 bucks a piece. Bryan did have me bring some Spinnerbaits, Bladed Jigs and some blank buzzbaits up to sell at the show and I did make close to 200 bucks. So if that isnt a confidence booster i don't know what is. But that whole paying 10 bucks to make 5 is what I am afraid of for sure. Dont want to be tripping over any dollars to get to a dime!!!

@Joe P My buddy has a couple of my big swimbaits, and he dropped $500 on 2 pizz baits, (One I had to buy because it was a limit of one per person) and 2 other baits for over $100ea. Crazy.

The Hawg Forum / New England Fishing Expo: Boxborough mass
« on: January 29, 2022, 12:56:27 PM »
So, I went to the Fishing expo yesterday in Massachusetts, to help out Bryan Mayos at the Mayo's hand poured baits booth.

I thought long and hard about actually getting my own booth and setting up this weekend with my business, but I am glad I didn't. Well, the big thing is because of the storm we are having today.

Dan Kennedy that runs the show tried hard to get me to buy a booth to get in. Its a wicked cost of entry though. 10x10 booth was $700. I couldn't justify it this year. Between entry, hotel fee, gas, food, having guys help me, and never mind  the cost of the product I need to stock its an expense for a one man operation like mine.

I do however think I could do well there, and may have done well, because of the extreme interest in big swimbaits. But I wouldn't have made a ton of money. I would have probably broken even.

Pizz swimbaits from California, and Bullshad flew in, and guys where waiting since noon on thursday to get a pizz swimbait. Then went back out to camp for today, and sunday to get 2 more.

75% of the people where there for swimbaits. There was a whole room dedicated to them, and multiple dealers sold out. Guys on facebook went and hit the dealers they wanted to and left. Kind of made me mad, because they didnt even go into the main room that I was in with Mayos because of the lack of swimbaits. It is almost not even fair to the other guys painting crankbaits, pouring soft baits, the spinnerbait and buzzbait jig guys etc.

Bryan was disappointed with the lack of interest in his booth for sure. He normally does a lot better. He will be lucky to make a profit from what he says.

I know its a business, but I think it would be a good idea that the booths are priced a bit more competitively. Pizz sold 120 baits yesterday at $250 a bait. So, 30k in sales just on friday. Its all just crazy to me!   

The Hawg Forum / Re: I Think It Followed Me
« on: January 23, 2022, 12:14:47 PM »
Luckily all the snow melted here. Still cold. You know its cold when the Boat Launch in Bradford is frozen! I drove down this morning to test a few baits out that I made and there was skim ice. Had to go to Carolina farther up the pawcatuck to find some open water.

Medowbrook pond looked like those lakes in Maine with all the guys out there ice fishing. Parking lot was packed and there had to be 50 people out there and at least that many holes drilled.

The town of Hopkinton is a pain in the %$& with property, and building sites. I really don't think someone can build a house, or a "permanent" structure there. My grandparents property that sold last year right down the road was 9 acres and the new owner is fighting with the town to build another house on it, and they cannot. Also there is the rules with being a waterway, and all that nonsense. My gramps house was the same way since there is a small brook that actually feeds into the Pawcatuck river. But anyways, if we see a Camper/motorhome there is a different story.

The guy that bought it used to own and operate Exeter Scrap Metal on route 3 as a fun fact. Last name is Gilligan.

The Hawg Forum / Re: Forgotten fish
« on: October 19, 2021, 09:29:32 PM »
Fish have been super chunky from what I have seen on average this fall. Its just really starting to get into that fall swing with the water dipping into the 50s. Sadly I only have a few more outings this year on my boat. The workload for the holidays and the potential shows I am going to be doing is looming!

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