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I went into a local mom & pop tackle shop and I look at his clearance section for marked down lures and fishing stuff. I purchased an orange spook type lure marked the producers. It's a dull orange plastic. I never thought it would ever work for just one dollar. I gave it a shot of scent and caught 4 back to back bass on it. I went back and grabbed the green one too. Even the cheap lures catch fish too. I seen a big box of the producers at Dicks Sporting Goods a few years back on clearance too. I guess we never know?

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I don't think the price of a lure makes a difference, its confidence in a bait that does. Whether its a $5.99 KVD Square Bill or a $21.99 Megabass Kunckle they pretty much do the same job and have more or less the same action, some people just get more confidence when things cost more money.

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Price of a lure has nothing to do with anything. Its the skills of the fisherman that makes all the difference.

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Price of a lure has nothing to do with anything. Its the skills of the fisherman that makes all the difference.

Which is exactly why I won't purchase the high priced lures. Lures that are $8 or less can catch fish just as well as those $25 lures. And I don't feel AS BAD if I lose one

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Could you post a pic of the bait bigbill? I do know of a certain "producer plug" and that one isn't a silly lure.

 

Myself, I like quality baits. Better than buying a dozen POS baits that may or may not run straight and may/ may not catch fish. My fishing time is important to me, and I don't like spending money just to be a beta tester or sharpen my lure tuning skills.

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Not sure fish know how much stuff cost!!! LOL  Sometimes the cheap stuff is something the bass havent seen before.

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I never decide if a lure is good based on price but I also won't buy what I consider junk either. The thing with the Japanese imported baits have very good construction and attention to detail plus the labor rate in Japan is similar to the U.S. so that has a lot to do with price. I bought a black popper at an outdoor show 17 years ago for $1, it was simple with bad hooks, but the 1/4oz bait just had a look to it that I liked so I purchased it and I'm glad I did. The thing was all black except for the red mouth and red painted eyes and another 1 dollar investment I made to change the hooks out brought my cost up to 2 dollars but it has been the best 2 dollars of tackle I ever got my hands on. I won 3 tournaments on that thing, and 1 of those happened when the state went to a 15" size limit and I was the only angler to weigh in more than 1 fish, and I have caught countless quality size fish and a bunch of lunkers on this cheap popper that to this day I'm not sure if it ever was a brand name or some knock off as there is no name but it is a plastic body and I only had to change the hooks out a couple times but it still works when nothing else does.

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All of the big bite baits line up.

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I have nothing against cheap baits I just hate cheap hooks on baits. Nothing is worse than a treble hook breaking on a bait. 

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Bass don't read lure reviews or know how much they cost. A strip of white plastic bag on a hook will catch them, and that costs  0. 

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I was fishing with a friend back in high school, and he caught a 18-20 inch bass on a bunch of sinkers and two or three hooks threaded together. He was reeling it back in as fast as he could and bang it hit it. He was trying to snag turtles actually!  To this day I still hear about it from him! Bass will hit all kinds of things no matter how much it costs.

 

Jim

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You never know.  Still one of the best crankbaits I ever used was a Mann's from one of those "3 for $X" boxes at K-Mart years ago.  Don't know what made it so right, surely not its looks, but it was.

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For some reason I been hooked on buying those Chinese akuna crankbaits. There priced between $4 to $6 for two lures in some cases. I'm thinking if there tuned right or I have to tune them I would try them in there standard green block colors. Now I'm thinking of taking my gold metal flake and spraying the bottoms, then add my orange colored bottom. I think I can feather the gold color next to the block green color. To me the block green looks like our army block camo the way they mix and match the green with a gold block. I think they look great. I did purchase as many two fers as I seen so I can paint one if necessary. They may work in there original colors.

 

Since one presentation I do is to twitch it while it's paused maybe tuning it won't matter up front.

 

I purchased spray cans with laquer metal flake colors for painting model cars. I do have an awesome air brush outfit but I need more practice with it. But once its painted then I can be sealed with a clear laquer. Trust me it sounds easy but it's not.

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