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Old 01-21-2020, 09:30 PM   #1
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As if I don't own every lure there is to buy, I decided to start making my own. So far so good.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:31 PM   #2
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:31 PM   #3
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My favorite color. No one makes it so I do.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:33 PM   #4
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I may need to seek help.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:45 PM   #5
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I may need to seek help.
No sir. You need to share your means and methods. That’s awesome!

Love that midnight with the silv/red flake!

I’ll bounce some around for R&D for you!
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:11 AM   #7
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That'll work, nice job!
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:11 AM   #8
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I'm no expert, you should see see the pile of mistakes. I watched a lot of Youtube videos, mostly by Chris Jones at Worlds Worst Fishing. Some are injection molded and some are open poured. I've been catching a lot of redfish on em so far. I tried for years to get a lure maker to to do some of the black and white and no one would do it. I've made several of my favorite colors also. Thanks for the kind words. Kevin.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:15 AM   #9
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My favorite color. No one makes it so I do.
That color is sweet!!
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I dabbled some a while back. Slap a catchy name for the lures and your colors and you can sell them. The crazier the name the better. Lol
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:19 AM   #11
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These are mine all mine haha. They help my addiction. I'll post a pick later of the 7'' paddle tail I made for big trout. If it works I'm a genius.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:20 AM   #12
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Looks just as good as store bought. Looks like ur on the right track. Like both of the colors on those. U could easily sell them.like stated above, put a crazy catchy name on em and they'll go.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:35 AM   #13
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Very nice. Im digging the black/white combo.

Did you have the molds made, buy them online, or make them yourself? Everything came out really nice.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:35 AM   #14
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How about some pics of the process? They look good btw. You have peaked my interest.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:38 AM   #15
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Those are turning out pretty dang nice. Bet if feels pretty cool to catch fish on your own plastics.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:42 AM   #16
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Hey i want some to throw!
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:48 AM   #17
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I bought an injector off Amazon for $29. The best Plastisol I found is from Dead on Plastics. I use the saltwater blend for the ones pictured. I use a worm blend for Senko style worms I bass fish with. The molds can get expensive. I have a 4 cavity Bass Assassin style mold and a 4 cavity Senko mold from Do-It molds. They're about $38 each. The smaller paddle tails and shrimp tails are single cavity molds from Amazon that cost about $25 each. The bigger paddle tails are open pour molds from Stankx Bait Company. They cost about $21. It's kinda time consuming so you need multi cavity molds to make a living at it, and they're very expensive. I just do it to have something different than every one else. Also it's pretty cool to make a lure and outsmart a fish with it.
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Old 01-22-2020, 01:26 PM   #18
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nice job on the black / white combo...

you should ever decide to sale a few, I'm in for a few bags...
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Old 01-22-2020, 01:35 PM   #19
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Cool deal!!! Send me some!!!! LOL!!
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Old 01-22-2020, 01:36 PM   #20
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Man nice work. I'd throw those.
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Old 01-22-2020, 01:48 PM   #21
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In the first picture you posted, the bait in the middle looks a lot like a Kelly Wiggler, and I can dig it! Can you post pictures of the process? Baits look professional!
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I'm not real good at posting pictures, sorry. Look on youtube for videos from Worlds Worst Fishing. He has a bait company and shows how to do all of it. The shrimp tail is a little bigger than a Kelley Wiggler but it was the best looking shrimp tail mold I could find. It's by - best_nj soft plastic lures. It only makes one at a time so you inject it with white, open the mold and cut the tail off. Leave it in the mold and shoot the red in. I hope this helps
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They look good, especially for hand poured. Good job.
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Old 01-22-2020, 02:30 PM   #24
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My dream is to make affordable and durable Yamamoto Cowboys.
1 fish per lure stinks with they are $1.25 each
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Old 01-22-2020, 02:35 PM   #25
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When you make them yourself they can be as hard or soft as you like. Harder has less action though.You buy different grades of Plastisol and can add hardened or softener to it. I tried making some molds with plaster of paris and failed badly. I'm going to try silicone next.
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Old 01-22-2020, 02:49 PM   #26
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Awesome work.
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:02 PM   #27
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When you make them yourself they can be as hard or soft as you like. Harder has less action though.You buy different grades of Plastisol and can add hardened or softener to it. I tried making some molds with plaster of paris and failed badly. I'm going to try silicone next.
The silicone works GREAT, to make open pour molds.

What color/brand is the "red" colorant you used in the first picture and does it bleed onto the white??

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Old 01-22-2020, 03:17 PM   #28
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It's from Dead On Plastics. It doesn't bleed at all. Their colors are very thick, it doesn't take a lot. I use open pour silicone now but I'd like to make some different molds.
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I dabbled some a while back. Slap a catchy name for the lures and your colors and you can sell them. The crazier the name the better. Lol
See “dirty hooker”. Lmao.
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See “dirty hooker”. Lmao.


Yep. My brother fishes with some lures, the color is called Chicken Shart. That’s the sole reason he fishes with it is because the name and he swears by it. Even if you outfish him with another color. Lol
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:25 PM   #31
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These are my 7" long paddle tails. I'm going to try them for big trout. I don't think we throw big enough lures for upper end trout. They can eat up to a third of their body length. I may be crazy, but maybe not.
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Here's the length.
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:32 PM   #33
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Where do you purchase the rubber for the molds?
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:54 PM   #34
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These are some of the molds I use. I'm trying to figure out how to make them myself. I'm working on some original designs to make a master form and then original molds. Right now I'm buying my molds, I've failed badly at making them. The silicone molds I got from Stankz bait company.
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:56 PM   #35
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A few more.
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Nice!
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I use to make my molds with Fiberglass resin. I would glue the worm in the bottom of a Pyrex dish and then pour the resin over it. If you didn't glue it the worm down it would float up. Then I would plane the mold down to about half way, insert a new worm and pour more resin to make the second half. After I got one like I wanted, I could cast rubber around that and make as many duplicate molds as I wanted. I lost interest in it but I still have a ton of that stuff somewhere in my barn.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:48 AM   #39
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Awesome job! My brother in law is wanting to start making his own lures.
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:15 AM   #40
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Old 01-24-2020, 02:17 PM   #41
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Here's the length.
Dang bro, that looks like a legit mullet!
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Nice job Kevin!! Hope all is well buddy.
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I dabbled some a while back. Slap a catchy name for the lures and your colors and you can sell them. The crazier the name the better. Lol
We need some of those 7" baits for our August trip.
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We need some of those 7" baits for our August trip.


I bet I could talk Kevin into a few samples.
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I bet I could talk Kevin into a few samples.
Don't let me keep you from putting your powers of persuasion to work.
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We can call it R&D. Let me know.
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:27 PM   #47
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Nice job Kevin!! Hope all is well buddy.
Thanks Lee, it is. Hope so for you too.
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Ready to give them a try.
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I may need to seek help.
That’s my favorite color! Looks good
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Old 01-27-2020, 07:12 PM   #50
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A few years ago when Brown Lures first came out they made a Devil Eye that was black and orange. It was called El Diablo. I caught a lot of trout on those things. They stopped making it for some reason. I asked them about bringing them back, they weren't interested. Well this is why I roll my own.
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