Monday, May 5, 2014

Testing and Develpment

With new baits coming out testing has been a top priority for me.  I had some success the first trip catching around 20 bass, the biggest fish being around 4 pounds.  My plan is to continue testing for the Phatty Craw throughout the fishing season.  The good thing about the Phatty Craw is its versatility on the way you fish it, the type of cover, and what you fish it on.  I found the most success when I had it Texas Rigged and S-L-O-W-L-Y fished it around cover (stumps, trees, and docks).  The reason I emphasize fishing slowly is because when the water temperature is still in the 60’s those fish will just start to come into the shallows and aren’t ready to chase a fast moving bait.  This time of year if the water is still clear; a dark color such as black, green pumpkin and watermelon are great colors.  Another thing that I do to my baits to really get strikes from finicky bass is I add chartreuse tips on the claws.  

Along with the Phatty Craw I am ready to announce a new bait that i am ready to sell.  Instead of a craw bait this one is a seven inch ribbon tail worm.    IMG_0019.JPG

I am still deciding on a name for the bait but that is what it looks like with the tail just sitting.  In the water the action on this bait is awesome.  The tail displaces a lot of water and attracts more bites.  I just got on the water with a bag of these and caught a few fish. IMG_0118.JPG(Black and blue Phatty craw and worm)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ready to fish

The last few weeks have been pretty interesting for my project.  Since the gap between blog posts has been long, I will try to add as much as I can into this blog post.  To start off, I wanted to talk about some of the stuff that happened at the St. Louis Boat and Outdoor show that was in town a little while ago.  Of course there were as many boats that they could cram into the stadium but I wasn't too into that because I don't have $30,000 for a new bass boat so I stayed around the other stuff they had.  There were stands for everything from duck calls to homemade lures.  I got a lot of information on local people who make lures and sell them. Some of the things they told me was to let family and friends try them and to also get the word out.  Along with buying some of the homemade lures, I also got some new Missile Baits lures and Tightline UV's.  
With the weather slowly heating up here in Missouri, I am hoping the bass will start biting.  It is only getting as high as around 70 but the lows still get into the 20's, which screws everything up.  The goal is for the waters to reach around 50 degrees and higher which is about the time largemouth bass start to spawn.  When that time hits, the lakes should come alive and I should start catching fish with my lures.  
About the lures I am making - I have started to make a few batches of a new mold I got.  These and the fluke bait that I talked about.  This is a picture of the new bait that I have started making; I’m calling it the “Phatty Craw”.            phattycraw.jpg



As you can tell this bait is a craw-like bait with a fat body to help give your hook some more to hang on to.  With a length of 4.25 inches it displaces a lot of water and creates a big profile in the water.  In the photo are 4 of the new colors I have made. From left to right are blue craw, watermelon, black with red flake, and shimmer craw.  Along with these colors I am going to have a few more custom-made colors and some other colors that are made by other companies.  As for the formula I used for this, I wanted to get the stretch and breaking strength of the Zoom line of baits.  Another thing that is worth noting about this bait is that it naturally floats so a weight would be necessary for fishing.  The Phatty Craw can be thrown about any way that a craw style bait can be thrown, Texas rigged or as a trailer on a jig.  Those are the main rigs but I am sure there are more ways out there.  That is just about everything to know about the first bait that are ready fish.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

the next step


I want to talk about some of the research and stuff I've read about the growing bass fishing world and about worm making.  On the subject of worm pouring, I have looked into some new molds, aluminum molds, and expanding on the variety of shapes.  Finding the molds that I liked and are in my price range was a challenge in itself.  I had known about a website that I talked about in an earlier post, Bearsbait.com, and found that they have the cheapest aluminum molds.  The mold I have decided to get is called the Kodiak Craw and is a bait that could be Texas-rigged and pitched into heavy cover.  
One of the baits that I have recently discovered and think is really innovative is the Livetarget Baitball.  If you have never seen it before, it is a clear, hard bait that has three small bait fish inside with different colors and in different shapes.  The shapes are deep diver, jerkbait, and top water bait.  The three bait fish are supposed to look like a small part of a bait school has broken away and is lost.  Another bait is the Z-man lizard.  The reason this bait is different from others is the stretchability.  The first time I got this bait, I pulled it out of the bag and could stretch it to three times its original size without breaking.  I have never fished with this bait but those qualities, tough and flexible, are traits I would like to have in my worms.  

The last thing I wanted to talk about is that I am closing in on the arrival of the first bait to be sold by SNB Bass Baits.  Basicly it will be a 3 ½ inch fluke with a split tail.  I’m shooting to have at least 4 standard colors and 3 to 4 custom.  Some of standard colors include black, silver, chartreuse, blue, and watermelon.  Custom colors will include Smokey Treat,  Night Sky, Mudslide,  and requests can be made for custom orders.  Will have contact info and pictures in the next blog.


Monday, January 27, 2014

worm making

A few interesting things happened this week.  At the beginning of the week I had an “Idea Showcase” where students brought in their 20% Time ideas and showed them off through a poster.  This was helpful for me in a few major ways.   First, it got the word out for SNB Bass Baits.   Second, it gave me more confidence in my worm-making abilities.  Finally, I got an email address for someone who owns a bait and tackle shop in Georgia.  
Another thing that I did this week was get together with my friend and fishing buddy to think of ideas.  Ideas for what?  Well for new lure ideas, of course.  After about three hours of thinking, we came up with some pretty strange ideas that might just work.  I don’t want to say anything about them yet but I will try to get a prototype for one by the next blog.  

The final thing I did was get some decent looking worms done.  A few I even featured at the Idea Showcase.  This is what they look like.                            These come close to what I am hoping to make as a final product.  So that’s all for this week on SNB Bass baits.  Oh, I will start posting pictures of fish that I catch with my baits as soon as it warms up and the fish start biting.                                                         

Monday, January 13, 2014

Testing



After a couple of weeks of failed attempts at worms I decided to make a push to get them how I wanted them.  I had ordered a few more things over the holidays: another bottle of Plastol (plastic), worm hardener, black color, and watermelon color.  My idea was to get the hardener and see if it made the worms more durable because the first few batches just fell apart.  It still took a few tries but my idea worked; the worms stayed together and I was finally happy with them.    
Since I had gotten the worms figured out, I decided I wanted to learn how to make my own molds.  There were lots of videos on www.youtube.com with different strategies on how to make this kind of mold, so I decided on the cheapest way.  After a run to the hardware store, I got the things I needed for under $20.  I won’t go into full detail on how to make it but basically you find the shape you want, glue it down, and pour Plaster of Paris over it.  So that was that, I made my own mold and was pretty happy with it.  
The only other thing that I did was reuse the leftover plastic from the broken worms.  It was a lot easier than I expected.  I don’t know why I didn’t do it at the beginning.  That’s all I’ve got to say about that so check in next week for more bass fishing fun.   

Friday, January 3, 2014

The First Pour

This was a very exciting and important week for me.  The main reason was that the equipment I ordered for the worms came in.  Since it was my first time ever pouring worms, I only ordered the absolute basics for making my own worms.  
This is what I got: 4 molds -these are four different shapes but there are many more and I hope to make my own molds at some point, 1 quart of Plastol formula #502 (the plastic base of the worm), and 2 colors silver and chartreuse.  Once again I went to www.jannsnetcraft.com and they had everything I needed right there with instructional videos to help out.    The next step I needed to take was to make a work station.  After doing a little research on what surface they recommend to work on and what other tools I would need, I got the tools and was ready to pour.  The other supplies I needed were a pair of cowhide gloves (because the plastic is hot), an old microwave, a Pyrex bowl labeled with half cup measurements, and a spoon.
When I was finally ready after all that the first attempt was a complete disaster.  The plastic had gotten to hard and ended up all over the place.  After a few more attempts and half a bottle of Plastol I had finally gotten something that looked like a worm -sorta.  This was the final product from the first batch.

That was all the excitement for this week so keep reading for more about SNB Bass Baits.  Please leave comments if you have any questions or tips and spread the word.  Thanks.  Bass fact - the soft plastic lure was invented in the late 1950’s-1960 and their popularity has skyrocketed since then.  

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Setup



This week I really wanted to talk about the initial setup and what I have coming up for SNB Bass Baits.  As you know from reading the last post, I am attempting to make new and cheaper bass baits.  When I first began thinking about this project, I thought it would be fun to make lures out of wood.  
These were the first two prototypes.  On the left I made a sort of popper and on the right I made a lipless bait with a rattle.  I'm not sure if I am ever going to use these but it was a good challenge to get started with bass lures.  
So for the baits I am eventually going to sell I plan on making of soft plastics.  I did some research and found a website that sells the stuff I would need to make the lures.  The website I used was www.jannsnetcraft.com.  The web site is easy to use and has everything you need for your fishing lures.