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Captain McSh*tty
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I know a few of you do (DELW!), but I have some questions...
-do you feel you save money by making your own? I have like 60-70 lbs of plastics laying around my house, who knows how much I have spent on them. If I could make my own, It would probably cut down on my spending.
-is it difficult? Can someone give me a brief rundown on how you pour?
Finally,
-Do you use a stove or microwave, and where do you get your supplies?
Thanks!
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I make my own with worm pots and latex molds. you heat the latex up to about 350, add color and glitter and pour it into the mold. its not hard just time consuming. I have 3 pots so i can pour 3 color worms. I get my molds , color and glitter from lurecraft. I get my plastic from MF plastics out of Texas. they have the best soft plastic i have found.
 
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I pour my own also :wink:

I use stuff from m-f , lurecraft and then the calhoun plastic we sell.( I am the only place to get worm plastic in AZ that I know of and yes its in stock)
I like calhoun the best do to the colors coming out richer and it being cheaper than m-f. (m-f was the best till I was turned on to calhoun) lure craft plastic settles and leaves the hardener on the bottom.

April(my Wife) is trying to develope colors that are more concentrated than the ones from m-f and lurecraft and is more consistant.

as far as making your own and saving money its a yes and no answer.

I started by wanting to make only one bait. 4" blue fleck lizzard from berkley. Things got a little carried away since then.

I use a microwave for my sticks (like senkos) ,flukes sluggos and bass asassines and pouring pots for other things.

I used to make my own molds out of RTV but it was more expensive than making them out of alum.

For my own personal stuff I got 12 differnt flecks, 22 different colors , 3 pouring pots 3 mircowaves and 4 different pearls 18 different molds and the list goes on.

If you primarly fish with plastics then you will save money in the long run.

Oh yeah and those blue fleck lizzards that I mainly wanted to pour. I only poured about 20 piece's.

If you use alot of senkos then pouring your own will save you tons of money(unless you get them free)

You do get to play with your own designs/colors which is pretty cool if your into that sort of thing.

heres some websites for you if you want to get started

http://www.tacklemaking.com
http://www.tackleunderground.com
http://www.del-mart.com :wink:
http://www.lurecraft.com
http://www.fishingworld.com/M-F-Manufacturing/

I got a ton more.

Delw
 

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I agree with Boat Cop about the MF plastic by far are the best plastics for worms/lizards. You can buy different consistancies such as soft, super soft, etc. By pouring your own saves you quite a bit of money. As with Boat cop I have a three pot station so I can pour a three color worm as well such as a Aarons magic. I have every color of the rainbow and would be happy to pour some for any one for a small price,,,,interested?Molds I have
4 inch dropshot worm
6 inch paddle tail worm
7 inch finess worm
12 inch mogander worm
6 inch lizards
any kind of reapers
Flukes
Super flukes
7 inch ribbed worms
3.5 inch Craw that is good for smallies
and more than I can think of right off the top of my head
 

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Captain McSh*tty
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Thanks guys! I think once I get my boat and stop spending money, I will look into making my own baits. Great links DELW! On emore q though, if youre adding salt or scent, when do you add it? While its heating?
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i buy my worms.inhaling the smoke can't be good for you.it's fun to experiment,but i go back to the injection pours.i tried to duplicate them but the time,money,bloodlines,actions,i'm better off to buy them.i fish alot of tourny's and dont skimp on saving a few bucks.i only use 3 colors in fishing anyway so i order bulk.(but hey,what do i know!!)
 

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yeah most folks I talk to that make worms will tell you its a labor of love. Seems like a lot of work but maybe just a fishing related thing to keep me busy when Im not actually fishing is what I need. As for the boat, I know its going to be a money pit! I know me, Im going to NEED good graphs, a faster trolling motor and all that. Maybe even a rocket launcher, but that will have to wait.
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it's hard to beat some of the consistant hand pours out there (robo etc.) nothing against pouring if you have the time/money/health thing going on. i personally would rather spend that time with life outside of fishing (family etc.) :wink:
 
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