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no but i have always wanted to... could save money and something to do on rainy sundays over the winter, cant hunt, too nasty to fish... plus i am very specific on colors and shapes and sizes, would be nice... any ideas on how ot get started
 

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I make my own bucktails. I have been using pre-made jig/lead heads but bought some molds and plan on pouring my own in the future. I make my King rigs, several live bait and dead bait varieties. I also make flounder and grouper rigs (carolina rigs). Beyond that I "make" a jig run to Tex's Tackle once a week minimum. :D
 

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i mainly wanna do some jig head,s make some bucktails, maybe a stingsilver or two to sling for bluefish... also im pretty into flounder fishing and i tie my own rigs i would like to make some lures specially for that.. how much does it cost ot get into it and how would i?
 

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The cost of a new mold is about 36.oo add that to the cost of hooks and lead and you will get the idea that you have to make a whole bunch of jigs for the mold to pay for itself. In essence if you don't sell them at a decent profit then it is not financially worthwhile. I buy most of the jigheads that I use and dress them with mostly free and dirt cheap materials. Painting jigs is quick and easy once you are set up to do it and the eyes come ready made for a few cents each if you want to add them.the reason for this post was to see if anybody out there wanted to swap jig heads should I decide to buy a couple of molds. I don't care to try and make them commercially but I don't mind pouring a few dozen to swap now and then. If anyone wants to learn more about pouring them Do-It Mold company and Hilts Molds both have instructions and good info on their sites. AL
 

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VAFlounderman - Below is a picture of a new flounder rig I made this winter (I copied the idea from something I saw on the internet). I made a bunch of them in different colors combo's. It's hard to tell but the plastics have a 3-D hologram imprinted on them and metal flakes embedded in the body. The eyes are like those you find in hobby stores.

I picked up a brand new set of molds in an estate sale, cheap. However I don't make jigheads, bucktails or any other rig to save cost. In fact I probably loose money on them. I do it for the pleasure/satisfaction of catching a fish on something I hand crafted. 2 other pluses are it gives me something fishy to do in the winter and it ensures I have rigs made from high quality materials.
 

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Hampstead,

Nice rigs, I wouldn't mind giving one of those a try.

As for making Jigs, nope. Never made them. However, as ateen we had a target range not too far from the house. It had dirt piles for back stops. I'd go down there and dig out large amounts of lead. Bring them home and melt it down pour it off into molds I'd made from clay. I made Pyramid weights and some tear drop ones as well. My father and I used them while fishing in Matanzsas Inlet ( In Fl)
I probably poured closed to 300 over my Teen years. More than we could use I know that.

Rye
 

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I'm up here in the mountains of TN on business and had a chance to go to one of the newest Bass Pro shops. It's in Sevierville near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Of course they didn't have much in the way of saltwater fishing but I sure did enjoy browsing the freshwater fishing gear and the camping section. The place is huge. The employees were very helpful and knowledgeable too.


Good thing there isn't one of these in Wilmington, between fishing and that shop, I'd never get anything done around the house :D
 

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Be careful Mike! Just 'cause you're in the Mountains, doesn't mean the Tackle Monkey can't find you!:D
 

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You wouldn't believe the amount of saltwater tackle that I have bought in the mountains. I bought nine Newell reels one day. Walked into a hardware store and there in their fishing reel case sat a collection of red logo Newells for prices averaging 70.00 each. Knowing that they were collectable and that the store was trying hard to give them away I offered to buy all they had on the premises if they would knock another 10 bucks each off. I got the deal and passed them on to a California collector for $160 each. I went back afterward's and they had dug out a couple of more later models which I now own. A friend of mine picked up a Blackie model Newell 220 at the flea market for $15. Knowing what he paid for it I swapped a jigmaster spool and $60 for it. Yes I could go on and on about the tackle monkeys long reach. It don't stop in these hills either. AL
 

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Hey guys yep I broke down bought a lEe production

Pot five molds a jig head mold drill one hole
To make football jigs and a egg weight mold
And a split shot mold and a bank sinker mold and
100 pounds of lead bought powder paint heat gun
Drimil tool everything u would ever need
Just got tired of running out of stuff I like to
Give rods and tackle away to people that fish
With crap I tie them a rig and usually if a kid is there
Fishing I usually wiLl give them a new rod and real
 

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VAFlounderman - Below is a picture of a new flounder rig I made this winter (I copied the idea from something I saw on the internet). I made a bunch of them in different colors combo's. It's hard to tell but the plastics have a 3-D hologram imprinted on them and metal flakes embedded in the body. The eyes are like those you find in hobby stores.
Hey TA , Have you caught flounder on these rigs? Are you fishing the around the edges of the reefs? I like jigging with the sea striker jigs. Do the squid rigs work on the shallower reefs?
 

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Pretty old thread, Tim. Could have been the same Rich at the time, but vaflounderman hasn't posted anything since April 2006. Wouldn't hold my breath on a reply...
Wow gotta start looking at dates. Just wondered about rich. Havent heard from him in a long time and he had some heart problems.
 

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Hey TA , Have you caught flounder on these rigs? Are you fishing the around the edges of the reefs? I like jigging with the sea striker jigs. Do the squid rigs work on the shallower reefs?
I use this type rig inshore - sounds, creeks, river. Never tried it in the deeper water. Works great inshore. Offshore for flounder I use a 2 ounce SPRO bucktails tipped with gulp strip bait or the 2 Ounce Roscoe Jigs.
 
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