1. My brother and I went β€œlunker 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

  2. 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. 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.
    2. Max Cobb 0
      Thanks for all of the great tips guys! Maybe I will give it a shot this weekend.
    3. Usually the North end of the lakes heat up first Max. Also try slingshot casting up under the docks
    4. Max Cobb 0
      Haha! That's a good one Andrea! Thanks for the advice!
    5. 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
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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?
    10. 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!
    11. Where are you fishing Max
    12. 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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  3. 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. Max Cobb 0
      Great info, thanks Chris!!
    12. 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.
    13. 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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  4. 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. Jimbo Harwood 0
      or Max.. lol
    2. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Awesome job guys!
    3. 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:))
    4. Congrats Max! Nice fish bud! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
    5. 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!
    6. Nice work Max!! Congrats
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  5. Obviously not a fish..... but has to share my first duck with you all!

    Wood Duck Hen

    1. b ripoer 0
      nice good job.
    2. Bellamy Kar 0
      Cool
    3. Congrats MaxπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
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  6. Details: 2 lb. Largemouth Bass

  7. This big guy was hungry to hit a 5” wacky rig senko. At the farm pond.

    2 lb. Black Crappie with a wacky rig senko 5”

    1. Scott Sorrell 0
      That'a a nice one
  8. Another 4lb bass at the farm pond....

    4 lb. 22 in. Largemouth Bass with a Carolina Rig Ol’ Monster Worm

  9. The bass are still biting in the heat of summer... if you know where to look πŸ˜‰

    2 lb. Largemouth Bass with a Carolina rigged β€˜Ol Monster worm

    1. Yes they areπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
  10. Nice bucket mouth on an β€˜Ol Monster Carolina Rig worm (in South ...Carolina πŸ˜‰)

    4 lb. 12 oz. Largemouth Bass

    1. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Nice bucket!!
    2. Linda Anderson 0
      Nice catch
    3. Nice bass Max!
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