Tuesday, December 29, 2009

PreVal Sprayer

This handy pocket-size tool sprays virtually any liquid: paint, lacquer, solvent, stain, oil, cleaners and more! Just fill the container with the mixture of your choice, attach the power unit and spray away. Lightweight compact size is great for touchups! This is a great sprayer for any hobbyist and is particularly handy for fisherman with a favorite lure that could use a little refurbishing. This sprayer is much less expensive than an airbrush and compressor and does a better job than a aerosol shaker can of paint. Additional containers (sold separately) allow you to keep finish samples for perfect color-matching. Completely portable system eliminates air lines and other bulky equipment for easy access to tight spots. One power unit sprays up to 16 oz. of liquid. Replacement power units also availabe separately

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Santa Claus Bass

Christmas 2009 is 2 days gone and there are still goodies in the bag. If you are willing to get out in the cold, some nice bass can be caught in the dead of winter. There are several ways to catch wintertime bass but one of my favorites is drop shotting 6 inch lizards in deep water. Some days you may find them shallow; but I usually find them at 30 feet in heavy cover. This particular lake has scattered  rock pile on the bottom and that is where I find the bass.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Learn How To Make Your Own Wooden Topwater Lures

Learn How to Make Your Own Wooden Top Water Lures for Large and Smallmouth Bass, Stripers, Musky, and Many Other Species; Both Saltwater and Freshwater

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own top water wooden fishing lures and did not know where to start? Have you ever wanted to learn how to build lures using thru-wire construction, saltwater metal lipped swimmers ??    I will show you how to do it!.

Hi, my name is Kermett Adams and thanks for stopping by. If you have an interest in learning how to make your own wooden top water fishing lures; I can show you how to do it. You can learn to make beautiful, high quality lures.

My number one hobby is catching bass on top water lures;  Pics of Fun Times on the Lake!!!
My second most enjoyable thing is to make the wooden top water lures that I catch the bass with and to show other people how to do it.

For the price of a two or three quality fishing lures you will learn many tips and skills required to make your own wooden top water fishing lures. This instructional ebook goes into much more detail than other books I have seen on making wooden lures. 100% of the focus of this lure making ebook is on how to make and paint wooden top water fishing lures. Even if your interest lies in making wooden lures other than top water; you will benefit from my woodworking and wooden lure painting tips.

I will lead you step by step on everything you need to know to make beautiful wooden fishing lures that you will be proud of. I also am an avid top water bass fisherman and I can tell you that it is very exciting and rewarding to catch fish on your own handmade fishing lures.

This ebook is loaded with many color pictures illustrating all the key steps of making wooden fishing lures. You will get detail here unlike any other book or CD that I have seen on making wooden lures.

There are 30 Chapters loaded with tips on all the aspects of lure making that will save you time and money. I cover every aspect of lure making from sourcing all the materials down to lure packaging once you have your lures made.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Strike Video Game

Drop anchor in your living room and fish the day away at some of North America’s best fishing hot spots!

Featuring amazing game play, realistic physics and authentic pro-used fishing gear, The Strike is the most advanced and fun fishing video game ever! The game features 111 Bass Pro Shops lures, 11 species of fish, 10 unique lakes, 10 tournaments, nine boats and one heck of a good time! The Strike includes game play options for experienced anglers, first-timers and hard core gamers.

When you're ready to take a break from the fishing action, you can compete in two special arcade style games – Boat Racing and Casting Challenge. They are perfect for multiplayer competition up to four players.


111 Bass Pro Shops lures, 11 species of fish, 10 unique lakes, 10 tournaments, nine awesome boats

Search for legendary fish in each lake or take a break and compete in boat racing and casting challenges

Game play options for seasoned fisherman, first-timers, or hardcore gamers

Xbox The Strike Bundle Package
The Strike Xbox Controller features state-of-the-art technology that replicates the real action and feel of a fishing rod and reel! Game features include a light-up line tension meter, real time casting, a tackle toggle, drag control and even a fully-spinning reel handle. It senses your every movement—you’ll cast, jig and set the hook just like the real thing, and you’ll know when a big one is on the line when the controller vibrates! Xbox 360 players can share their scores via Xbox Live. Bundle includes game and controller.

Glisten PC Lure Clear Coat

Fishing Lure Clear Coating

GLISTEN PC is a High Gloss, Rock Hard, Water-clear topcoat designed for spray or brush application over all surfaces, including painted wood. GLISTEN PC will not leave brushmarks, and will dry in less than one hour, but will take 3-4 days to reach maximum hardness.

When GLISTEN PC is first dry to the touch, it will appear to be very soft. Avoid touching it for several days until it becomes hard and tough. Accidental contact could damage the surface before full cure has taken place. Like many other coatings, GLISTEN PC is a MOISTURE-CURED coating, which means it is strengthened by exposure to moisture. It will never crack, chip, peel, or yellow, and is very flexible as well. This clear coat is tolerant to plastic worms/grubs.

If you are a lure maker in the need of a better clear coat for your lures; give this one a try. Two applications with an airbrush gives a beautiful, rock hard finish on your lures.

If you would like more info on learning how to make your own wooden topwater lures, check this out.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Peacock Bass Action is Still Hot!!

Reports of great fishing for peacock bass are still coming in from Brazil. Top water action continues to be the best of the past several years. Ripper lures like the Peacock Ripper remains one of the best lures for top water action.

Casting Arm Pain Relief

Tennis/Casting Elbow Pain Relief

For many years prior to dicovering a simple exercise; I suffered from recurring bouts with the terrible pain of tennis elbow.

And like most people who suffer with "tennis elbow"; my pain was not caused by playing tennis, golf, or any sport. It was caused by hard physical work like millions of Americans do every day. My tennis elbow pain was caused by activities like driving nails with a hammer, digging post holes, and cutting and splitting 12 cords of firewood each year.

As a bass fisherman I would sometimes make hundreds of casts per day and this would result in aggrevation of an already painful situation.

At times the pain in my right arm would be so bad that I had to support it perfectly still in a sling for up to 2 weeks at a time.Pain would radiate up and down my arm from my hand to into my shoulder.

From time to time I would be free of pain, but it always returned when I did the strenuous kinds of work activities that I needed and liked to do.
I tried every kind of pain relieving cream that I could find. I tried physical therapy and self applied massage therapy. I tried a number of exercises but none of them provided much relief. I wore several different kinds of elbow support bands. I took repeated cortisone injections from more than one physician. The cortisone injections provided wonderful pain relief, but it was always temporary. Most of the things I tried provided some temporary relief; but I was never completely free of tennis elbow pain for 20 years.

Eventually I found one simple exercise that relieved my tennis elbow pain. In addition the exercise strengthened my arm and made if less susceptible to the pain that can return with strenuous use of the arm.

The only "tool" I use with the exercise is one 2 pound dumbbell. I start the exercise with the dumbbell clenched in my hand and my arm extended straight in front of me raised to a 90 degree angle with my body. I found it was important to have my hand clenched; so when I did not have a dumbbell, I used some object that allowed me to wrap my hand around it resulting in a clenched fist. My starting point also includes having my wrist and arm rotated as far to left as possible. I then move my arm from a position of pointing straight away from me in the front, to a position of straight out to the right hand side of my body.
As I am moving my entire arm in this arc, I am simultaneously rotating my hand/wrist/arm as far as I can move it to the right.

Then I do the reverse and move may arm back to the front of me while at the same time rotating my hand/wrist back as far to the left as I possibly can.
If I am not having major discomfort, I might do this 15 to 20 times.The degree of my pain of tennis elbow when I started the exercise would determine how many repetitions I would do. I found that too many repetitions could worsen my situation. That is not to say that my first few times I did the exercise that I did not have some pain. I usually do the exercise 2 to 3 times per day. Within 3 to 4 days I usually start seeing marked relief in my tennis elbow pain.
When exercising my left arm the movement is exactly the same.
I usually continue this exercise for a few days after the pain is gone as I have found that the exercise strengthens the parts of my arm that are susceptible to the tennis elbow pains. As my pain subsides I also usually increase the weight to a 5 pound dumbbell.

That's it. This simple exercise has worked for years any time I have had a tennis elbow pain flare up.

Watch the video on the link below for free for more detail;

Tennis/Casting Elbow Pain Relief

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Budi Soehardi -CNN Hero

KUPANG, Indonesia (CNN)
At Roslin Orphanage, children giggle through deep concentration as they try to master the "Chicken Dance." It's a far cry from the Indonesian orphans' earlier months and years.
Budi Soehardi poses with young residents of Roslin Orphanage.
"They are cheerful-looking and photogenic, but close to all have a very sad story," said Budi Soehardi, founder of the West Timor orphanage.
"Some of the babies come because a mother passes away right after delivery because of lack of nutrition. Others come from extreme poverty. Some come from families [that] just do not want the children and abandon them," he said
Soehardi, a 53-year-old Indonesian pilot living in Singapore, and his wife, Peggy, look after 47 children at the orphanage. They have a personal relationship with each one, and consider them part of their family. The couple named many of the children since they entered the orphanage as babies -- some of them tiny victims and refugees from the conflict in East Timor.
Soehardi has three children of his own but says there is no difference between what he supplies for his biological children and those living at the orphanage. They all get clean living spaces, vaccinations, food, clothing and vitamins from the United States.
"Mr. Budi is like my own father," said Gerson Mangi, 20, a resident at Roslin Orphanage. Mangi, who came to the orphanage when he was 12 years old, had no means to attend school after his parents died. Now, thanks to the educational training at Roslin and a private sponsor, he is in medical school.
Soehardi, whose father died when he was 9 years old, can relate to these young people's hardships.
"Food was hard to come by and my school fee was very difficult," Soehardi said. "The refugees just really strike me so badly and [I want] them to be better off."
Young victims of a fight for independence
A 1999 news report on the situation in East Timor inspired the Soehardis to take action.

Soehardi was eating dinner and watching CNN with his wife and family at home in Singapore when he saw the plight of the refugees fleeing East Timor for West Timor, Indonesia. Families were living in cardboard boxes, children were wearing rags for clothes, and sanitation was nonexistent.
"It was devastating," Soehardi said.
The poor conditions were a result of conflicts in East Timor that surfaced after the residents voted for independence from Indonesia. Following the election, militias -- with support from Indonesian security forces -- launched a campaign of violence throughout the region. Hundreds of East Timorese were killed, and as many as 250,000 were displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The Soehardis had been planning on taking a vacation, but watching the news made them rethink their plans.
"[My wife and I] look at each other and we have a thought of our own. ... 'Hey, let's do something else. Why don't we visit the place ... to make a different kind of holiday,' " Soehardi said.
He began coordinating financial donations, food, clothing and supplies. With help from friends and ground volunteers, the Soehardis navigated the conflict-ridden areas and delivered more than 40 tons of food, medical supplies and toiletries to East Timor refugee camps.
Soon the Soehardis determined West Timor could use a space for orphans.
"My wife was initially asking me to build three rooms. Then two hours later she [asked for] five rooms, and then later nine rooms and finally, the orphanage building."
They completed their orphanage building in 11 months and named it Roslin Orphanage, after a pair of Timorese women whom Peggy looked up to as a girl.
In April 2002, the orphanage opened and provided a home for four children. Since then the residence has expanded to provide free education, clothing, housing and food for 47 children of all ages, newborns to university-age. About half of its residents are younger than 8 years old. An unexpected harvest
The orphanage was built on donated land that the Soehardis initially thought bore barren soil. But today, the rice they feed the children comes solely from their own land.
"We dared to take the challenge," said Soehardi of his foray into irrigation. He and Peggy, who are not trained in agriculture, used two pumps and a generator to get water for irrigation.
Then they began planting rice. "One hundred days later, we were having our first harvest and declared ourselves to be self-sufficient on rice for the orphanage children," he saidIt's a fortunate cost-cutting tactic, especially with Soehardi losing his piloting job in November because of the struggling economy.
Soehardi, whose pilot salary goes toward maintaining the orphanage and funding medical student Mangi's education, is hopeful that the end of his contract will not affect the children's well-being.

"To help these children is a privilege for me and my wife because it's giving back to society ... giving back what has been blessed to us."
Want to get involved? Check out Roslin Orphanage and see how to help

Friday, November 6, 2009

Great 2009 Peacock Bass Season in Brazil

The water levels in the Amazon Basin this fall set the stage for one of the best fishing seasons of the past few years. Large numbers of fish are being taken as well as some really great trophy fish.Top water action has been the best of the past several years as well.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Peacock R ipper Color/Pattern Lineup

I have recently added three new color/pattens to the lineup of Peacock Rippers.The three new colors/patterns are Amazon Gold, Red Head, and River Flash.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Heddon Zaragossa Reproduction

Crooked Bayou Fish Stick
Heddon Zaragossa Reproduction

The Crooked Bayou Fish Stick is a reproduction of the Heddon Zarragossa lure. I will be making and offering only a limited number of these lures in some of the most popular colors/patterns. Each lure is made in the likeness of the original Heddon Zaragossa; including the glass eyes. Handmade wood body of the lure is 4.25 inches;overall lure length is 4.75 inches long. Lure is packed in tissue paper inside handmade box. Only 50 lures this color will be sold in 2009. Each Crooked Bayou Fish Stick is numbered, dated and signed.

Heddon 150 Minnow Reproductions

Heddon 150 Minnow Reproductions

I make this lure to commemorate all the bayous, creeks, and ponds that we fished as kids in the forties and fifties. It is also a tribute to all the old magic wooden propeller lures we used like this one, the Nip-I-Diddee and the Devils Horse.
The bearings and counter rotating propellers in front and rear of this Heddon 150 Minnow replica are similiar to the originals as are the glass eyes. Handmade wood body of the Crooked Bayou Minnow is 3.75 inches;overall lure length is 5.25 inches long. The Crooked Bayou Minnow is shipped in tissue paper inside handmade box. Only 100 lures of each color will be sold in 2010. The custommade lure boxes are numbered and signed by lure maker.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Osprey Marker Buoy Retriever

Osprey Marker Buoy Retriever makes a very productive way of fishing a lot easier.

Many of the most successful bass, crappie, walleye, and catfish fishermen fish mid-lake on deepwater structure. Once the stucture is located a marker buoy is dropped on the surface to mark an easy reference to the location.

The OSPREY becomes a valuable tool when it is time to pick up the marker buoy to move to a new location. Save your back for catching fish and not for bending over to pick up your marker buoy. Stay off your knees and belly and retrieve the buoy from the comfort of your seat or from a standing position on the deck of your boat.

The OSPREY Marker Buoy Retriever is made of blue anodized high grade aluminum and has an 4.5 inch long EVA foam handle. Except for the EVA foam handle, the OSPREY is 100% rustproof aluminum. The OSPREY telescopes to a length of 44 inches and allows you to retrieve your marker buoys from the comfort of your boat seat. The OSPREY collaspes to 27 inches when not in use for easy storage on the deck of your boat or storage lockers. Take a look at it here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wooden Lure Painting Tips

Wooden Lure Making
Learn to Make Your Own Wooden Lures

Wooden Lure Making Basic Instructions
These first steps of making your own wooden lures are focused on the use of the Wooden Lure Blocks and the Wooden Lure Block Kits.

There are several methods you can use to make/shape your lures. You can make them by turning the lure blocks in a lathe, by hand carving, or by the use of power sander like a Dremel tool or a belt sander. The use of a lathe is the easiest way to make high quality lures of a consistent size and shape.

The lure blocks in the Wooden Lure Block Kits come with several of the key steps already completed. The eye holes for the 5/16 3D molded eyes and the eye screw holes in both ends of the lure block are pre drilled. The popper mouth in the Special K popper lure is pre cut. Whether you are carving the lure or turning it on a lathe; remove wood from the lure block down to where the eye socket hole is a little less than 1/8 inch deep. These holes will accommodate the eyes later. Whether carving or turning; the pre drilled eye screw holes in both ends of the lure will be the center of the ends of the finished lure. If you are turning the popper lure block in a lathe, mount the pre cut mouth end in the live center of the lathe. (right hand side of the lathe)

When making lures from the Wooden Lure Blocks; mark the center point on the ends of the lure block with a pencil before you start the turning or carving process. This ensures that the finished lure will be in the center of
the lure block.

When turning the lure blocks on a lathe; turn the lure blocks all the way to end of the block. In other words; the lure block length you begin with should be the length of the finished lure. Doing it this way ensures the holes for the eye screws are in the dead center on the ends of the lure and that each additional lure of this type is exactly the same length.

If you purchase the Wooden Lure Blocks and plan to drill eyes holes for the 3D molded eyes; I suggest the use of a forstner bit for this job. Forstner bits and 3D molded eyes are available in various sizes. Details on how to build a lure block holder for drilling eye holes are available in the e-book on Lure Making at http://www.woodenluremaking.com

When turning the lures on a lathe the only sand paper you will need is a sheet of 320 grit. Cut it into 1 inch strips to use on the lathe. When carving, a Fine Sanding Block will work fine for the sanding job.

Painting Instructions

Primer/Base Coat

Even though the lure body is already sanded; consider a little sanding on the lure body with 320 or 400 grit fine sandaper.

The easiest way to get a reasonably good white base coat on your lure is by dipping them in Rustoleum Flat White 7590 or 7790 Enamel paint. When using in warmer temperatures (80 degrees and up) no thinner is needed. When cooler than this I suggest paint thinner as a thinner. 5 to 6 tablespoons of paint thinner to a quart of paint is a good place to start.

Look for a pint of this paint or equivalent if you are painting only a few lures. If you cannot dip the lure you can paint it with a small artist type brush. Another possible way to get a white base coat is to you the small bottles of white Testors enamel that you will find in any arts and crafts type store. Plan on allowing at least 1 day for the base coat paint to dry.

Another choice base applying a white base coat is with an aerosol can of flat white enamel. At least two applications will be needed for good cover.

The painting of lures is made much easier with the use of some sort of lure holding device. Pictured below is what I use and they are easy to make. With a 3/16 inch dowel rod, a 5/8 inch dowel rod, and some 1 1/8 inch eye screws you can make several of these lure holders.

If you are painting only a couple lures you can hang the lure to paint and dry by screwing an eye screw in the end of the lure and hang it to something by a short piece of wire or a straightened paper clip.

Color Coat
First choice is color lacquer used in an air brush and second choice is Rustoleum aersol cans of colored lacquer. There are several colors available. Use at least two thinly applied coats. Third choice is the use of an artist brush with Testors enamel or lacquer. Testor also sells aerosol cans of both enamel and lacquer. http://www.testors.com

Much more detail on paint coatings and the painting processes are available in the complete e-book on Wooden Lure Making at http://www.woodenluremaking.com

After the color coat is done and prior to the application of the final clear coat is the time to glue the eyes into the eye holes. A good water proof glue like Tite Bond II works fine. Apply a small drop of glue in the eye socket of the lure and insert the eye. Let it cure for at least an hour.

Clear Coat
A great choice is Rustoleum clear lacquer in aerosol cans. Hold the can at least 8 inches away from the lure. Apply with a moving motion of the can. Do not hold in one spot or you will over apply. Let dry 30 minutes and apply a second coat of clear lacquer.

Hooks and Hardware
Once the final clear coat is completely dry is the time to attach all hardware. Small needle nose pliers and a small screw driver are needed for this job. Be careful not to let the tools slip and ruin your paint job

Good luck and good fishing,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How to Tune a Crankbait

Most often crank baits come out of the box tuned and ready to run true on retrieve. Sometimes they may need a little tuning and it is also possible for a crank bait to get out of tune while getting beat up bouncing off structure or while in the tackle box.
Tuning a crank bait is a fairly simple process when you know the basic guidelines. To adjust or "tune" a crank bait simply bend the line tie to the left or right, depending on which direction it is running, a fraction of an inch. The line tie is the wire that you tie your line to. It can be on the diving lip of the crank bait or on the nose of the lure.
When performing this procedure hold the front of the crank bait facing you.
If the crank bait is running left; bend the top end line tie to the right. If the crank bait is running to the right; bend the top end of the line tie to the left. A small pair or needle nose pliers is the best tool for this job.
The process may take more than one attempt to get it right in that you should make small moves on bending the line tie.

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