When my lures are "tacky" out of the mold I put them on a small rack and place them on the dashboard inside my truck in open sun for a few hours...
Sweet lure Troy, That will make a killer smoke trail.
Steve i use the same method of a modified drill press as a lathe.
Congrats on the nice Ahi!!
Love the new creation Allan.
those are beautiful Allan, Congrats to the anglers!
Allan if you can figure out how to make it sardine scented that would be the ultimate lure.
That is one big sword to get on a daytime lure strike. Congrats on the catch to the team and the lure maker:hali_olutta:.
Nice going on the bottom fish! That orange fin emperor is one of the best eating reef fish.
Love them all but the bottom one is the shit. Would love to see them skirted.
That is a sweet looking lure!
Do a search in this forum, there are a few threads will great example on what others have created. Key word wahoo bombs by Sushi Grade. Also...
Allan, your Idaho Ice" put my first 2012 Marlin in the boat. It felt good to get the monkey off my back. Big Mahalo to you my friend. It was a...
Thank you. Currently my inspection sheet says the strike drag tested out at 32 lbs. I think I will save the drag kit as spares.
Oh Yeah, on the "Idaho Ice" even.
A friend asked me to make a lure for him and that it be solid red with dark eyes. I told him "Sure, what size?" He say's at least 16 inch skirt....
What was he throwing on the spinning rod? I was doing the same thing but I was dragging a 5.5" Rapala with no luck @ Santa Rosa shallows.
I recently picked up a pair of 50 vsw's. In the box included drag upgrade kits. How much more poundage will this kit provide?
Thanks Mike, I got spooled a week before this trip but lost it on smaller gear, I am thinking YFT. Now I break out the high capacity reels.
Great catch there Brian, got plenty grinds now for Easter!
Stellar Ono there Brian
RIP Jose, and thank you for the inspiration.
That came together real sweet there Mike!
I am going to order a bigger freezer before I splash the Cheesecakes. LOL Or build a big smoker.
Sweet job on the slam. I tried to get you guys on the radio as well. I think our boat needs a new radio. We had a hard time keeping contact...
Well after a long wait I was finally able to splash my Gaji lure. I did not try the 9" cheesecakes as I was targeting mahi and wahoo. So I only...
Jon saw Kuleana on the water yesterday working the southern banks. How did you do? I figured the water conditions would deteriorate throughout...
Great write up Jon and that sure is an Epic day on the water.
Their scale is off! LOL
I call 65 lbs on the big Hoo.
No chance for me this week to fish. trying to finish the home improvement project. I went out a couple times and only got small mahis and a few...
Good job Jon. Went the extra mile(s), pounded hard and found some nice fish.
Looking good Mark, those are great gifts. My favs are the top and middle.
Those marlin trollers are sweet.
Hook up with one of the surf casting clubs if you want to learn quickly. Big game surfcast or slidebaiting is a rush. good luck.
Very nice catch. During calm season here I like to troll those rapalas over the reef. It is a blast on ultralight gear.
Nice catch Brian. Can't wait to pull my set of Gajis.
I will try to make it out this weekend. I usually wait for a decent bite report from friends in the charter fleet before I commit to a trolling...
Nice job Jon, You have a knack of finding good fish!!
I had the same idea, but my stash of skirts for all silver were down to 4" and 5" only. I got to reload.
My crew are excited too. I told...
Middle blue MOP w/red eyes and blue hat. Who am I kidding like them all. Glad to see your artwork again Mike.
After seeing Allan's Blueberry Cheese Cake series, I just had to get a set for my collection. So I place an early Xmas order for myself and...
I showed your picture of this lure to my wife and she told me to stay away from her. lol:rofl:
That matches to a Tee. Just think when the fish go crazy for that destroy the skirt, you have a lifetime supply.
No Shit about the weather. i tried to run five lines but the wind was crazy. I only had one crewman so dealing with multiple strikes, driving...
Good to see the fish coming in. Went out yesterday too and managed to get 9 Hoo's as well, lost a few to pulled hooks.
I haven't tried it with soft baits (I don't have access to supplies here), but tried it with hard lures as a means to make a jointed bodied lure....
BP have you tried to pour the bait with a piece of flexible cloth strip or flat cord in the inside? It should allow for the swimming action you...
Frank you have been busy! Those are some wicked baits.
No shit, talk about crap water. Weatherman says its not going to calm down for a while. I hope he is wrong and I hope the Wahoo come closer to...
Nice Writeup there Jon, Hopefully I can get the house renovations done and get the boat out to help slay some fish before the seas start to get...
Yep Beautiful Stuff, My fav is the Capt G. pointed out.
Sweet creations and glad to see HEL back from vacation.:hali_olutta:
Congrats to you and Tight-Lines team. Did they send you pics?
I like it. is it the same size as the O.G. Tado?
That gonna make one sweet radical trail. I Like it!
The detail in your softbaits is incredible BP, Great work as always.
That is sweet. Looks like an operculem (cover shell).
Great job! Next mold you make pop out the eyes of the master so that the new jigs can accept the glue-on shinny eyes as well.
Good going on the fish Joe:hali_olutta:, Reskirt and send back down!
Trying to get back into the swing of things. Here are two 7" jetheads.
wonderful story. A truly memorable event for the fisherman and supporters there.
Sweet stuff there Mike! What size hook is that?
I like it! Looks real good.
The placement of weight or even lack there off will depend on how you want the lure to run or the type of seas you will pull it in. Some of my...
Still looks good!
Almost every kind you want, from all countries too.:hali_olutta:
I like the eyes, I will borrow your idea on my next build.
The bottom one rocks..
Nice going on the Wahoo and Bluefin Jack
Beautiful creations there!!!Welcome to BD
Congrats on the great ahi!:hali_olutta:
Very sweet creations.
Last I talked to Al at the shop ONO was still for sale, price dropped way down too.
Sweet colors Frank. For sure to get smacked for Mike.
For major shaping I use 60 grit and various files. It is slower but I avoid chipping the head. I just turned a 14"+ head from a tube shaped blank,...
That is a sweet upgrade. I am really liking the outrigger mounts.
That bottom one looks like the real squids pattern we have here! Bet that would be killer.
Thank you Mike, I had alot of help on the skirting department. LOL
I will send you a pm on the red nose. Fishing has been hit and miss with...
Here is the latest project, a 8" slant head done up in black pearl.
sweet stuff there!!!!
Good stuff right there!! Congrats to the fishermen.
Very nice creations! I really like the jetted Puka head on your other post.
Tried to "troll" but the motor was to weak!:rofl:
Was able to land two of these Mangrove Snappers today.
I just used the cane pole and bread technique as few months ago to slay some Tilapia. Still very effective gear.:rofl:
He will be your best fishing partner. As for my waters, looks like I will get a window with weekend. I will be off for spring break so I have a...
That is some great footage! Hats off to the water cameraman.
Congrats on the new baby boy and the new lures are killer!
You do amazing work Jeremy, Those lures are beautiful.
Thanks Mike, the creations that you and Matt create are are inspiring
Thanks Joe, these particular lures will not see the water til May or June...
Here are two recent creations. The first one is a 9" scoop head my wife nicknamed "Vomit" because of the color :rofl:and the second is also a 9"...
pm El Capo or Crow, they may be able to help.
Very Nice and welcome!, Do you put any inserts? It looks like you have just the brass in some of the heads.
Most of the daytime squids encountered here have a brownish tint to them but will turn to almost black and then to all white in a second depending...
Beautiful, perfect color match!
Killer innovative skirting!
Beautiful lures Steve, at what size do you consider not a "peanut"?
Love the pink hat, is it pearl or flakes?
Great work there Joe.
Can't wait to see those killers skirted up! Sweet set.
Cool story and nice pics. I found a styfom float that had a marlin's bill tip embedded in it.
Glad your fleet made it through ok, Congrats on the Ahi.
I like'em both:)
Jeff, you got some mad skills.
You will definatley need the LM 101/102 book even just to add to your library. Try to pm Jim.
Try Auto flake glitter but it is pricey. As for polishing I sand down to 1500 grit and them polish with a smokers powder toothpaste from Japan...
Yep, Have to agree. That is one hell of a lure.
Wow, Way to go Joe! Love the top one and the green one is giving me ideas. Regular unleaded just hit $4.23 here.
I fish the 4/0 wide for surf fishing off cliff lines. I like the extra capacity. I guess the answer would be on the type of fishing you plan to...
Love the new look! Makes me want to try that on my resin heads.
That lure is sweet. Would love to see the finished lure!
Thank you guys, for the kind works. The new skirt patterns from H.E.L. has got me motivated to get back in the den and make some lures. The last...
pm sent. let me know if it did not go throught.
Congrats to Conor on his new found skill. I for one Jim would like to personally thank you. Your teachings in the book have guided me to a whole...
Hard to beat some good eats with cold beer, second only to grilled Saba! BTW heres my latest, hope you like it. What do you call this skirt pattern?
Beautiful set guys!
Yes it is, aka pike mackeral, locally here. One of my favorites when grilled on a traditional coal fire with unagi sauce!:cheers: damn now I'm...
7" scoop in Mackeral colors
Thanks Joe. The gas is worse, swells will die down in a week. The gas is expected to climb. :hali_parkutuli: Glad I still have a smaller boat...
Thank you Allan for the encouragement. I just went on a pastel/opaque color moment on the last set of pours. I think the phase is over now!:rofl:
Thanks guys, hopefully I can splash them soon. We are expecting some heavy seas coming down from Japan in the next few days and gas is up at...
Frank the saltwater series is beautiful! One day I got to try jigging with softbaits.
Got a box in the mail yesterday filled with goodies. Thank you Mike and Matt! I now have more options to make color combos to add to the...
I agree, sweet color combo's on those two.
Thats a great set of lures you built there! I am curious as to what you used to mold the giant headed lure?
Nice work, that second picture looks like a giant lure! Have you dragged any of them to see how they swim?
Nice one! two tone too!:hali_olutta:
Love that color scheme.
Nice vid and great save on the gaff!
Beautiful creations Frank, can't wait to see the vid!
I did the same thing with the swaro flat crystal last night but it did not come close to your beauty!
Much thanks again Allan and the rest of the guys here. My wife called this place the lureaholic support group!:rofl:
And Mark and Allan you guys...
That is sweet!!! What is the weight of just the head?
Killer ass paint job! I ofter though about using the epoxy resin to coat the heads but it is twice the price of poly resin here!
Hi Allan, Yeah I hear you about the overemphasis some fishermen put on eyes. I'm on the same page with you on the topic, but since my fishing...
Very interesting tip Jim, I am currently in this dilemma. I have just turned some long bullets that I intended to cut to make some slant nose...
What type of lure are you planning on making?
He also has a bunch of his work on ebay. Good deals too but shipping out of Oz is up there.
Nice!!,really liking the left corner, blue one and long pink one.!:hali_olutta:
Wow, nice job. thats alot of pours! How long are they?
Those are sick!! I have one of his older styles. The soft head model.
Those remind me of the Yozuri mag-popper series in mullet colors. One of my favorites to toss just over the wave break. If they have the action...
Welcome Jeff, that's some good stuff right there. I really like the way your colors are coming out!
Mike, Like I mentioned to Allan. I hope you can put your techniques and trade secrets to pen some day to pass on the craft to a new generation....
Oh hell yeah, the fish are gonna eat that booger! I have a couple on the rack the wife calls the vomit heads cause of color.:rofl:
Another sweet creation! What is the insert used on this lure?
That is killa gorgeous!!
Sweeeeeet, now the question is are you going to buff out the battle scars or keep them on the lures?:cheers:
Thanks for all the words of encouragement guys! It been an addictive few months to say the least.
Tom the skirts for El Diablo are just standard...
Thank you Matt, been trying to have some fun with the resin!
Thanks Mike, Gonna make'm in other sizes now
Thats what I'm hoping for to happen...
Being inspired by the recent creations of Allan's 5" Aku Brew Buster and El Capo's "La Bufadora", I though I would have fun on this one. The...
The hatted lure turned out really nice. I did a pour yesterday and I got a single gaping crack in it. Since it is an opaque lure I might fill in...
Get the book for starters and go through the past pages of this forum, lots for good tips posted on this forum already. Some of it advance, some...
hmmmm......those men in black again,....Not good:rofl:
That is one monster cobi, All I see is cobi steaks on the grill.:hali_olutta:
Cobia?? Hard to tell from the angle of photo.
With the size of wahoo you have in your waters you better have extra supply for skirts.
This is what I use:
Malin | Malin Professional Fishing Products.
I see not limitations there. Beautiful work w/ or w/out "paprika". That scoped jet design will force more water through the pipes creating a more...
Looks like a small pilot whale.
I like the color you got on the blue head.
Ok,,,,picking tongue off the floor now.:rofl:
Nice job on the catch. How are you preparing the mako?
That is just gorgeous!:worship:
That is just sick!,,,lucky guy G!
Allan do you have a pic of this beast?
Nice work, are they all lead or lead incased in resin?
Beautiful job on the skirting Chris, but I think you are gonna need beefier hooks for the fish that will hit those babies!:hali_olutta:
Killer action Frank! That will work in saltwater too.
I melt small amounts at a time on a small pot or laddle with gas stove or torch (outdoors). I also cut the lead into small pieces and gradually...
I'm still waiting on my local craft store for stuff here for over two months now and still nada!:rofl:
Sorry Mike I did not mean to mix up the quotes. I have heard of your legendary setup from previous posts. I would love to see a picture of the "Lab"
Whatever the future brings I wish you and Gaji Lures the best. Don't abandon the idea of the pupus book either. I will definately get one...or...
Thank you, I will look into getting some.
I believe it Mike, your production rate is incredible.
Can't wait to see your new masterpieces. I am dying to ask how you do your eyes on your...
That is sweet, where do you find those eyes?
Thanks guys, sometimes I do take for granted the fact that I live in the tropics. But I do like the fact that Allan can set his beer outside and...
My wife called this 9" lure the schitzo (2nd and last pic) because of the one blue eye and one red eye. No really I just didn't have matching...
Not only is he a master luremaker but a talented poet! Good show and beautiful lure.:hali_olutta:
those are sweet! and I love he new eye design.
Frank you make it look so easy the way you bust out all the different shapes! BTW I really like the first two.
Beautiful set, I am really liking the shape of the 3rd one down.
Those are beautiful. I would like to see how they are rigged with your jigs.
Well the name says it all. It was inspired while sorting through the battle proven poppers in my collection. All the ones with vicious teeth marks...
Sweet video, Do you have saltwater models of the lures?
Sick lures for sure. The last one just looks evil.
The suspense is killing me!
If that clay can be baked rock hard you are done. Tie the skirt and add the hooks. Then go for test run!
Those would be killer if I trolled that on the reef for papio and uku on lite spinning gear.
When I see that lure I see Amazonian Peacock Bass slayer. Nice one!
Beautiful pair of Ahi, much congrats. Great way to start the new year!
Thanks for the compliments and motivation. Hopefully in a few months I will have better supplies. I got my googly eyes in the mail two days ago...
Those are a work of art!
One drop, two drop, three drop pour. That was my mantra these past few days as I experimented with the possibilities of my new dye choices. But...
Jordan, don't give up. My wife has rescued me from a few lure making mishaps. She bakes so she has supplied me with measuring scoops and tiny...
Try fine brillow.
Tip 1. Don't ask for permission, just ask for forgiveness later.:rofl:
Those have alot of potential on dogtooth tuna in this part of the world.
Sweet set, Glad your hand healed well.
Happy New Year Braddah Joe, I to am new to lure building and Allan has helped me out considerably. Hopefully soon I can upload some new pours as...
thats a toad, Nice catch!
See you on facebook Allan. BTW did you get my email?:hali_olutta:
Pill bottles and a drill press setup like a layth.
Looking good! the one with the double hook is unique. How is the action?
Nice!!!, I really like the first 3. How deep can they effectively be fished?
I use an old cooking pot (small) and an outdoor gas burner for sinkers. I melt only a few pounds at a time at most to make slide bait sinkers...
Thanks alot G. lol
Joe I just noticed that one of your lures has yellow ring cowrie shell eyes! Very cool. We used the same shells for the mankala game board.
Merry Xmas everyone!
That top one is just insane.
After my setback with the first Bumble Bee project,...
That might be the same Ahi catch, I got to dig up the issue. Nice picture included, good size too.
A story was published several years ago in HFN of an Ahi caught in a river month. So yes its possible.
Yes, we are aware of that here.:rofl:
I love the short fat guy, what did you use to mold him?
No Guys, Guam is most West and South U.S. rock. 144.8 E and 13.5 N:rofl:
Thanks Jeff, Hope to see you out there again! Your boat is a fish magnet.
Seeing what you guys's create keeps me motivated.
Thank you, I...
Tried my hand at making some jets. These are my first two. They are a bit sloppy but functional. The last picture is of the other heads I have...
Nice work. What is the insert in the lure on the right of the first photo? Has a unique pattern.
I would love to see those bad boys with the hooks rigged on them!
Nice one! I can't wait for my white dye to come in. Did you put some pearl in it?
Beautiful creations guys, I really like the blk/pearl head.
That is a sweet lure.
But taste so good, aka Butter fish on the menues.
Sorry about the laptop, but prayers sent for your wife.
Gotta Mark, but I'm not there yet. Still got lots to learn about designs and shaping. You're right RTV is expensive stuff. Just priced it online....
Sweet lure. I need to add a lure with that shape to my collection soon. I got to get better tools to cut a nice scooped face first.
Making one in bullethead style for the fast troll Onos. With improves eyes.
I will leave it as is, it gives it character.:rofl:
I was too excited to wait for the glue to dry, I should have known better. The eyes I made from metallic scale textured wrapping mylar from Japan....
Sounds like Loco Moco with glazed onions and mushrooms, And the second from top blue rocks.
This is my latest experiment I call the 9" bumble bee project. Turned out nice except for the eyes, curled like shit. I'll still run it though,...
I have been doing alot of the trials lately, so after some sanding and polishing I will post my "Errors".:rofl:
No pearl in this mix (in low supply) just straight up black and yellow. Still experimenting and working out techniques.
I will hit the south next week when I don't have to work. Just kind of far to haul the boat all the way there for a test run.
You guys are amazing on the multicolor layering.
Nice work Ben, I just poured the same color combo today, I still have some shaping and sanding but I hope it comes out half as good as yours.
After finishing a set of bullets heads I call "Black Pearls" I wanted to see how the new lures ran. So the wife and I geared up the boat and...
Nice set, I too am liking thr lil black one.
Holy shit! Talk about deep jigging. Congrats, Any part of that have a glow stick?
I like your frankenstein. Hows it run?
I'm only @ 30.
They all have internal ballast and when I roll them on the table they settle on the same position. So when I finally put eyes on I can have a top...
Mostly Aku, small Kawa and small Ahi with the occasional 100+lber. The tuna run this year was weak so the marlin following the tunas was also...
Those are some serious monster Ahi on the "Victory" page. I wish Guams Ahi ran that big.
Allan another sweet design, simple and effective.
Nice work, I like the color scheme!
Thanks for all the support and kind words guys. Hopefully I will get to run the lures this week. NOAA/NWS put out a small craft warning the last...
That is sweet! The Ono are gonna destroy that lure.
So I bought the book “Lure-Making 101/102" telling myself that it is just for my library collection and lite reading. I figured it was too...
Thank you Alan and Mike for all your help. I made a few heads with the regular polyester resin (non clear stuff) to practice with catalyst ratios...
Congrats again Leon, was the yellowfin a loner?
Nice wahoo Jeff and congrats to Perry and Brandon
Thats insane, congrats on the great fishing trip. I hear the bite is starting to pick up so I hope to hit the area this weekend.
ps can't wait...
Experiment with catalyst amounts. Too much catalyst = cracks. BTW what are you using for molds?
Further north just off Urunao.
Took my father-in-law and godson out. The trolling was unproductive so tried some shallow water (150 ft) bottom fishing. 1.5 hour bite on the...
My condolences to the Rizzuto family, I too have enjoyed the many contribution of Shirley's articles.
Still gathering materials, just ordered resin dye from ebay. Also having hard time finding brass tubes for the inserts (found them on ebay too)....
I have the 9500 and I don't recommend it for jigging. It has a lopsided feel to it. I would go with a Shimano or the Penn 760 slammer. The...
Nice!! The colors are amazing.
I hope you get a good sword. Where you planning on setting?
I am interested in trying to catch some Mongchong, here on Guam. Can you give some tips? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
I have been letting my friends know about it since you told me it's for sale. Fishing has been slow on my part. Just shallow water bottom fish....
Leon, Nice catch on the reef predators. Did you get the snapper tested? Those fish although delicious are extremely "hot" with ciquatoxin in our...
Make sure its the battery and not a lose connection.
nice!, work of art.
Thanks for the help Allan, I will use the Home Depot stuff first until I get half decent results, since its already here, and shipping to Guam...
Just came back from Home Depot. All they had was fiberglass resin (nonclear polyester) by 3M. Will that work for starters? I can make rootbeer...
Jim, got my books 2 days ago. Thank you and sorry for the late post. I just couldn't put the books down. Now the search for materials begins.
My Fishing Hawaiian Style vols. 1 2 3 are also coming apart from extensive use. btw can you autograph the books before you mail them?
Probably, I use my collection of past HFN issues dating back to 1995 as references. I have a few issues that are earlier (1988) when the paper was...
Jim, checks in the mail. Thankyou again. Hopefully the materials will not be too hard to find here on Guam or else I'll have to stick to making...
Thanks for sharing the restoration project. I learned alot from you posts.
Nissan Frontier 4x4 (2009) tows my 190 outrage & trailer with 60 gals fuel. Never engaged the 4x4 to get off ramp.
Very cool vid, thanks for sharing!
Nice job on the glasswork. What did you do with the original motor, gauges, and console, not to mention the bow rail?
Ron, she probably died down deep, Sorry you lost it.
On a ship? If so then get 130 class setup and drag a 14" lure behind it and see what hits.
I am looking for good rods and reels right now, but in no hurry. So when are your last days on the island?
Will you be selling some of your gear when you sell the boat?
Saw the pics from your first sword, do you have any pics from the big sword that your friends caught while you where away?
Hey Leon, Do you have a picture of the sword your crew caught?
I have a 190 outrage coming in July. How are you hooking the Doggies? I am in the mainland right now and picked up several butterfly jigs for...
Leon, Congrats on the Sword!! I am glad you verified their presense in our waters. I am planning on trying for swords when my bigger boat gets...
What electric reels are you running? And congrats on your marlin.
Every now and then even a blind rat will find some cheese. Congrats on your Easter break catch as well and thanks on the boat...
No skipped the tourney this weekend and took the boat out and got these.
Rota and Tinian
Some Shoreline action on Guam.
Congrats on the catch again, Yes those big black scary looking fish are called Monchong but that is not the Chamorro name. It is the name called...
nice pair of monchong. where and how deep did you get those bad boys/
Thanks for the heads up on the Cat, my limit is 17-21 ft due to the size of my driveway. I am really surprised at this years mahi run. Seems...
Nice catch and nice boat, I saw the Ono when she was @ Al's shop. I hope to upgrade to a bigger boat soon so I can play a little further out.
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