1. Seriously?? Did they remove the contour lines from the basic package and we have to pay to see them now? Google earth view as well??? The lakes just look like mud ...more now.

    1. Max Cobb 0
      if they are gonna do that, there should be an option cheaper than the $49 for 1 year to see contour and google earth. I paid $20 for 1 yr real Navionics contours.....
  2. I am trying to start a lure company, mostly soft plastics with custom designs, some design features could be patentable. I’m working on the company name. Does the ...more name “Artificial Intelligence” make sense to you guys? Or should I go with something more simple like “Armada Baits Company"? Thanks!

    1. Max Cobb 0
      thanks Demetrius, which one?
    2. Awesome name for one of your products.
    3. Max Cobb 0
      maybe “Fallout Lures”
    4. Max Cobb 0
      or is there another nuclear themed name which sounds better?
    5. Max Cobb 0
      alright guys. I’ve got another name lol. I’m gonna try for a nuclear fallout theme, like all of the baits have mutations. company name “Half-Life Baits”
    6. Figures
    7. Regan Bonny 0
      both were good
    8. Regan Bonny 0
      dang dude that sucks
    9. Max Cobb 0
      dude you gotta be kidding me, that name is taken too!
    10. Max Cobb 0
      bad news guys... the name is taken by a fishing mold company. but I thought of a new name... U.F.O. Baits Company (Unidentified Fishing Objects) ... slogan “different ...more gets bit”
    11. idk like make the F I S H part of arti-fish-al with a fish scale print or something
    12. Max Cobb 0
      what is that?
    13. Fish scale print
    14. Max Cobb 0
      yes 100% agree. maybe not all caps but a different font.
    15. do the 'fish' part of the word in a different lettering so it stands out imo
    16. Max Cobb 0
      thanks Chris! I have asked the people who are making my molds and they agreed, Artifishal Intelligence, it’s just too clever to pass up!
    17. if you're going to do artificial intelligence you have to do the arti fish al pun!
    18. Max Cobb 0
      Artifishal Intelligence? That’s what my wife said too! But my brother said no. ugh, can’t decide!
    19. should be "Arti-fish-al Intelligence"
    20. Scott Sorrell 0
      I agree..."Artificial Intelligence" Now you just need a logo
    21. Max Cobb 0
      thanks guys. I ran it past a few friends who don’t bass fish, and they didn’t understand the play on words. I thought it was clever, glad to hear that my target ...more audience agrees!
    22. Max Cobb 0
      thanks guys. I ran it past a few friends who don’t bass fish, and they didn’t understand the play on words. I thought it was clever, glad to hear that my target ...more audience agrees!
    23. Chad Jaco 0
      Artificial intelligence sounds good.
    24. Regan Bonny 0
      Artificial intelligence sounds really good you should stick with that
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  3. The new version of Fishidy is really difficult to understand! When I add a caption to a post it doesn’t show up! New features are not intuitive. Can you revert to ...more original?? I used to love this app!

    1. Max Cobb 0
      thanks Bill I hope they fix it soon
    2. Max Cobb 0
      what about the # of views thing I got excited at first but now I think they must be a glitch. Some of the ones that went viral got the least number of likes.
    3. Bill Fussell 0
      from what I’m hearing they are working on all the issues
    4. Bill Fussell 0
      from what I’m hearing they are working on all the issues
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  4. 10 lb. Largemouth Bass with a River2Sea Whopper Plopper

    1. Max Cobb 0
      the new version of Fishidy is so awful! comments are so hard to type! nothing is intuitive anymore! please change it, I used to love this app!
    2. Max Cobb 0
      Had a blast catching these schooling fish on whopper ploppers this morning! the top water schooling action wasa!
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  5. Had a blast catching these two 40+ lb Cobia sight casting to a buoy 10 miles offshore. This was the coolest thing to see the fish follow and eat the bait right in ...more front of us! We had some delicious steaks as well!

    90 lb. Cobia with a Live Menhadden

    1. that fish is still on my list! tried two summers ago and failed, planning on a double trip this year to make sure i get some! they are my favorite fish to eat!
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  6. I finally did it!! I found the crappie! Thanks guys! And my little sister has a blast today! The biggest one was 15” and the other was 13.5” WOW. Thanks for the ...more tips! I fished 8 feet deep over 10 feet of water in a clay bank pocket fed by a creek. With minnow tipped jigs. You guys rock!!!

    White Crappie

    1. Great job Max
    2. Scott Sorrell 0
      Awesome...glad you two caught some...those are nice ones
    3. Nice job!
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  7. My brother and I went “lunker hunting” on the 60 acre farm pond this weekend, using only big bream swimbaits from Huddleston. We didn’t get a ton of bites but the ...more ones we did get were big! Pictured here is a 4.5 and a 5.5 lb bass. I lost one a lot bigger too! Lots of fun setting the hook into heavy fish.

    9 lb. 12 oz. Largemouth Bass

  8. I see a lot of people posting crappie pictures right now. After many attempts at various times of the year, I still cannot figure out how to catch these tasty fish. ...more Somebody help!

    1. I've caught them in as little as 2 feet. You'll have to search, shallow mud flats or sand. They're in spawning mode now.
    2. Max Cobb 0
      The water temp is 58 in the lake I am fishing this weekend. Will they be on points in 10ft water or on flats? Brush or hard bottom?
    3. Once you find them stick with them because sometimes they can be picky. They mostly travel and hang out in schools. So once you catch one you should be able to catch ...more a bunch. Chris and I have had 100+ days. Try different colors until you find out what they want.
    4. how warm is your water in south carolina? if it's in the 60's already you're going to want to look for structure somewhat nearby deeper water. they ...more love docks in or near deep water and any structure that isn't super shallow. I'd recommend staying into the dark if you want the really big ones sometimes wait til then to feed heavy it seems.
    5. Max Cobb 0
      Thanks for all of the great tips guys! Maybe I will give it a shot this weekend.
    6. Usually the North end of the lakes heat up first Max. Also try slingshot casting up under the docks
    7. Max Cobb 0
      Haha! That's a good one Andrea! Thanks for the advice!
    8. Steven jeffer 0
      fish dead end channels. thats where the warmest water will be. hit the docks and wood. i just use minnows but gulp minnows work to on a jig head
    9. Watch the water temp. They are transitioning toward shallower water in Arkansas. 10-14 ft total depth and suspended about 8-9 ft, moving up during the daytime. Use ...more your maps and look for flats, creek bed channels and brush piles. Didn't have much luck yet closer to the bank but they are definitely transitioning toward that direction. Water temps here ranged from around 49-53 this past weekend. As the sun come out and mid day hits we noticed they came up and even hit some of the top minnow rigs. This usually means you are fishing too deep when they only hit the top (double rig) Also, if you've never tried Capps and Coleman minnow riders.. give them a shot. I can't explain the difference but all I will say is we were hesitant to spend the $ but we will never go back! There is a lot of truth behind them. Start with the pink jig! Crappie are a lot like women.. They are hard to figure out and what they want seems to change frequently! Lol! Let you tube be your best friend! Watch some videos and it will rally help you.
    10. Scott Sorrell 0
      Sometime I will start off with a bobber and minnow to locate the fish and then switch to a crappie jig and fish the same type areas as where I caught fish on the ...more minnows. Beetle spins will catch Crappie, I'm just not sure if the water is up to temp where you are fishing. If the water temp is below 55 deg. they will probably be a little deeper 8-14 ft. and not want to chase baits.
    11. Max Cobb 0
      Fishing "trial and error" for crappie like I do bass - moving from dock to dock or fall down to fall down, casting beetle spin jigs, is that an option? ...more Or I have to know where they are and throw different baits in one spot until they bite.
    12. Max Cobb 0
      Thanks guys! I think the toughest part for me is choosing the right spots. I am fishing Lake Greenwood SC. If I go fishing this weekend, where do you think they ...more will be holding? Are they up on docks with brush by now? Or are they staging on points? Do you have to know a secret spot to get into a school of them, or can you pick them off like bass?
    13. Try either Jenko mermaid jig bodies, Bobby garland slab slayers or beaver bottom baits! Our go to is always a pink or chart jig head. I love the Jenko slasher heads, ...more pro-built jigs, and the beaver bottom jigs are really good too. I like a real eye better than a painted eye. Tip with minnow and make sure you aren't fishing under them! They feed up. As for jig colors.. typically depends on the lake. We mostly have muddy water around us. We always try black/chart, bluegrass, dirty milk and orange/chart. Had really good luck with beaver bottom- "mr. Wister, blue grass, fried pickle, screw driver and pink panther". Jenko- " bluegrass, blue ice, dirty milk, pepper dew, blue ice, sunburst,and lucky leprechaun". BG- gumdrop, white/chart, firefly. Just look up colors of the names above and go from there. You have to be willing to try a lot. They may change what they want from day to day or lake to lake. Do what he said above. They like a moving bait most of the time. Read up on the lakes you fish and see what others are saying and see what they are using! Ask around too! The worst you can get is nothing. Hope this helps!
    14. Where are you fishing Max
    15. Shallows near deep water with inlet or creek nearby. Small colorful plastics or baits 1-2ft under a bobber. Pull it pause or jiggle it.
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  9. Does anyone here make their own plastic lures if so can you offer any advice? I have some custom designs and want to make custom molds. Who should I work with on ...more this and how can I protect my designs?

    1. like i said it's tough to patent a fishing lure...there are a lot out there and there are rules and such about HOW different it has to be, etc. idk, you might ...more want to consider trying to sell the design to a bigger company for some kind of royalties or just to get your name on their lure designer radar. You know what you might want to do... contatct larry dahlberg (he used to respond on his forum at www.makelure.com) him or his associates could most likely give you the best advice.
    2. Max Cobb 0
      That's my thinking too! Thanks Arthur! I'll let you guys know when I have my first finished products!
    3. If you make changes to it it's your ideas not their
    4. Max Cobb 0
      Along these same times, I'm curious what my limitations are as a designer if everything is free game, do I have to worry about selling the same or similar design ...more as somebody else? Example the Senko design is ripped off by every company.
    5. Max Cobb 0
      Thanks Arthur! Yes I think that a patent will be way to pricey especially for me just getting started. I have only seen a few patents in the lure circuit such as ...more Strike King Rage Tail and those guys can afford the $10,000 because of the volume that they do. I think it is a good idea to document your idea with mail, pictures, etc. but I wonder if it will make any difference if a patent is not pending? Might just have to make a brand that becomes synonymous with the lure like "Rat-L-Trap" so that people will not trust the copy cats when they start coming out.
    6. Max do exactly what Chris said but also mail documentation to yourself and do not open it. I have an idea for a fishing rod that I came up with in the early 90's ...more and mailed it to myself. The patent company wanted like $5,000 up front then another $10,000 after that and a percentage if a manufacturing company bought my prototype.
    7. Max Cobb 0
      Scott, will do. I tried first with a hand poured silicon mold to get a prototype. It turned out alright but not great. I sent the prototype to LureCraft so they ...more can clean up the design and mill a professional aluminum mold for me. It will probably cost about $600 for the design and $100 for the mold. Hope I can sell enough of them to recoup it.
    8. Scott Sorrell 0
      Hey Max, let me know how the custom mold venture turns out....I have a lure design that I would like to sell to a manufacture. I'm interested in hearing how ...more LureCraft works out.
    9. Sounds cool!
    10. Max Cobb 0
      Just submitted a prototype to LureCraft to get a professional mold made! Excited to share with you guys!
    11. Np
    12. Max Cobb 0
      Great info, thanks Chris!!
    13. I would say make a very detailed video and have some detailed documents with sketches and such and have them stamped and signed by a notary public and dated so ...more that you always have proof that you were the first to come up with the idea...I heard having it officially patented can be a pain but you'd have to look into it. If i was you, after making the videos and documentation, I'd talk with a few of the smaller up and coming soft bait companies and see if they were interested.
    14. I was into that for a while actually but rarely do it anymore (i do still pour my own lead bucktails and tog jigs though) anyway i had some designs to and i even ...more entered a contest. I caught my two biggest NJ bass (22" and 24") on my own original soft plastic worms a few years back. I gave some to a few guys and left a bag at my wife's uncle's tackle shop but nothing ever came of it and they were so hard to make by hand i just kind of got away from it.
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  10. First tournament of the year we came in 2nd place with these two prespawn toads 4lbs and 3.15lbs.

    7 lb. 2 oz. Largemouth Bass

    1. Max Cobb 0
      although I dislike the new Fishidy features particularly comments section. I gotta say I lobe being able to see that this post got 28k views. Wow! Did I just go ...more viral??? 😝
    2. Jimbo Harwood 0
      or Max.. lol
    3. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Awesome job guys!
    4. Would enjoy putting you guys on some big bass! I fished my very first bass tournament in 1974 with my dad. We fished quite a few after that up until the mid 80s. ...more Usually whooped up on them too:))
    5. Robert Coleman 0
      Congrats Max! Nice fish bud! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    6. Max Cobb 0
      Thanks Morris! I do local tournaments with my Dad, actually he is the one who caught these fish ha-ha! I love doing the technicals (what to fish where to fish it, ...more etc) and he lays back and cleans up in the back of the boat :). I have showed him your amazing fish we would love to come fish with you some time!
    7. Nice work Max!! Congrats
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