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Never toss a popper into a frenzy

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That’s my new rule!  The mullet  run has kicked into hi gear again here in SE Florida. 25 lb leader on my light rod, bucktail tied direct remained intact this afternoon a fish on every cast from little ladyfish to huge jacks. Of course the bucktail got pretty ragged.  My long rod, 50lb leader, great for pencil popping, got cut off 3 times in the frenzy. $30 lost! It’s fun but frankly I can’t afford it...

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20 mins ago, Kima said:

Start making them, that's why I did.  Why buy one for $20 when you can make one for 2?

What did the lathe, tools, paint, epoxy, hardware, labor, etc.. cost ya?

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32 mins ago, nateD said:

What did the lathe, tools, paint, epoxy, hardware, labor, etc.. cost ya?

The tools were pre-existing, my time is basically worthless, and I use about a dollar (two for a lipped plug) in hardware and a few cents worth of paint and epoxy.

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Plug making is not for everyone. I enjoy it but might go for two years without finishing a plug. There is no need for me to ever buy another wooden lure given what I have whether my own, what I have traded for and/or bought. But no one should enter it as a hobby which you will save money at versus buying lures, IMHO And I am a contractor who had many of the tools for my trade.

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39 mins ago, Kima said:

The tools were pre-existing, my time is basically worthless, and I use about a dollar (two for a lipped plug) in hardware and a few cents worth of paint and epoxy.

I’m envious

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3 mins ago, bjelley said:

Make them out of broom sticks. The fish don’t care in a frenzy.

I would never throw a 20 dollar plug in to a bluefish frenzy, that’s when the cheap stuff comes out. Id love to build plugs at some point, hopefully my time is worthless one day and I can do with it whatever I feel like.

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If you go through them like that and you don't have a lot of tools, casting them from resin or Bondo is the way to go. Lots of info around here on making RTV molds.

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