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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Swimbait diaries.

Hey everyone i know its been some time since i posted here but i really have not had the urge to write anything here. bu i figured i would share my latest Gizzard shad project here.
Been thinking of making one of these American native fish for a really long time and finally thought why the hell not, lets make one. there is nothing really too drastically different about this bait compared to my previous swimbaits altough i did make the scales little bit differently this time by utilizing a diamond shape cross cut lines on the body for the scales, it does take little bit longer ( atleast for me) but i do like the outcome so i think i will be using that in the future










While i was making this swimbait i also shot footage and documented the whole progress so if yo want to see that check it out  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Well hello there, its been a while

I'm sure some of you wondered where the hell did i vanish, well to be perfectly honest i have been just lazy to make an entry here and update my blog. those who dont follow me on social media like facebook or instagram wont have a clue what i have been doing lately. well i've been mostly doing softbaits, seems like i dont time to make anything else now a days and since the last post i've come up with 2 new models the SF bream and SF burbout.

Enter SF bream:
lets start with the SF bream, i first started making this roughly 4 months ago when i was in Canada. I've always wanted to make a bream looking tall profiled soft bait for big pike and this is rather hefty bait weighing in at 160g, its 19cm long and full of big fish drawing power. new feature for me atleast is the protruding fins. and oh boy let me tell you i struggled in finding out how the hell to fill them up every time i pour the plastisol. well eventually did figure that out too, as i always do eventually. this is what i really love about lure making its not only an art form but problem solving as well












SF burbout the killer of the deep:  
After the burbout i wanted to do something completely different and decided to make a burbout like curlytail. its pretty funny that just little after i came out with the very first pictures of these on social media savage gear came out with their own version, great minds think alike i guess. Anyway this seductress of the deep is 31cm and weighs in at 112g and so far i know it has produced at least 5 pikes over meter, as fall arrives im sure the tally will ramp up considerably.    







  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

fat belly crank/trolling bait

If you have been following my instagram (solarfallbaits) or other social media you will know that i have been working on a new lure model that was supposed to be a glide/ hybrid bait. Well mister Murphy decided to pay a visit and after testing out the model on several occasions with different weighting spots i soon realized that the damn thing did not work as well as i hoped it would have. So i left it alone for a little while and did some other things when it hit me, make a crankbait! The first swim test i did on a prototype i was sold, the action was really nice. I decided  to cast few blanks and here is my new rather large crankbait ( 18.4cm ) that should do a lot of damage as a trolling bait as well for big pike.
and here what it looks like



Oh and if you don't follow my youtube i did a quick carving video about this model and since the previous carving related video i did is apparently blocked from several countries it just made sense to do a new one. so enjoy ;)


Monday, February 8, 2016

Ice, ice, go away

As the days are growing longer and the weather starts to warm up I'm seriously starting to get the itch to go fishing already. So what better way to alleviate the itch than to tie some pike flies. I've been fishing the better part of last year with these hollow tied bucktail flies and oh boy i got to say they work like a charm with the set up i have and they sink more or less vertically with very minimal nose diving which i dont really care for when fishing in cold water, its a whole different ball game when its summer time and your fishing with sinking lines etc. I'm confident that many quality fish will be caught with these babies on 2016.







Been making some new colors for my shads too with a new shipment of cab soft paint colors which as far as i know are pretty much ready to be sold to those who wish to make wicked paint jobs to their soft baits.







I have not done these music recommendations recently and i dont know if anyone reading my blog really cares for them but who cares :P heres is a veteran band from the mighty Hellas metal scene which is very unique when it comes to sound of black metal they do over there in Greece, very melodic yet dark stuff and im loving the hell out of it. heres some new Rotting Christ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDKuP1RiMp8


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

lets start the new year with a soft touch

Lately i have been asked to make quite a few soft plastic baits for people and i thought i would share just some of the new colors i have been able to come up with, pike pattern seems to be the theme for these new ones and its actually pretty fun trying to come up with some color combos that fit the theme. anyways less yapping more pictures.





Sunday, January 10, 2016

catch and release fish, is it worth it?

Catch and release still raises eyebrows when i tell people i mostly let my catches go back to their watery homes. For me its just the most logical thing to do if its done right. this is a tale of a fish that broke my PB for the second time late 2015 when other local fishermen had turned over their boats and given up. thats not me and i'm pretty sure me and my brother ware the only guys out on the lake until the very last moments before the lake froze up.

it was 10th of December when i decided to go and fool some pikes on a fly, the temperature was a nice and crispy 3c  with 2 m/sec wind which made fly casting a joy. I decided to not go to my usual places that i mostly fish for pike but just stay very close where i keep my boat, after all i was out pretty late that day and i had maybe 3h of daylight left.
I headed to a near by cove that i knew had some baitfish and the pikes usually are not far away from the giant baitfish balls when you are actually able to find one. Since it was so cold that day and late in the season i knew i had to make long pauses and make slow pulls from my fly line if i wanted to make the pikes strike my flies. I put on a 20cm silver and blue flashabou fly and started casting my big mama inter line and on the 4th cast i had a maybe kilo pike wiggling on my flyline, awesome not a blank day it though to my self .
 I quickly released the little fellow and moved further in to the cove to a new places where i knew from previous years i might catch another one, on the first cast i let the fly really drop deep near the bottom and between gentle pulls from my flyline i kept 5-6second pauses to entice any pikes near by to have a go at my fly. on the 3rd pause i felt something on the end of my line and made a quick strike and i had a fish on again, woohooo and this one felt little better too.
 after wrestling maybe 2minutes with the pike i saw it first time and i was surprised that it was not as big as i though it was considering the hard fight it had given me. I'm guessing it weighed between 3-4kilos, i did not bother to measure it accurately as it was no record breaker. So i just unhooked the pike and slipped it back and continued fishing for a little while .  
 I decided to move to a new area where i knew from past experience i might find those bait fish again and sure enough the cove nro 2 was filled with small roach and bleak which i accidentally was able to hook aswell. After 10 mins of casting i heard behind me a pike attacking the baitfish and turned around and saw a huge swirl, i immediately made a cast over it and let the fly drop and Bamn!! i had a fish on. I felt right away that this fish was on a whole different caliber than the other 3-4kilo fish i caught before was. The pike stayed deep and i could feel powerful head shakes as i was playing the fish.
After 3minutes of fighting the pike i saw it for the first time and my jaw almost dropped when i saw how fat it was, at that moment i knew i had a new fly PB on so i played the pike nice and gentle and made sure i would not loose it. It did not take too long for the big mama to give up in the cold water and i was able to lip grip it and haul it in the boat. After quick measurement i did indeed have a new PB of 8.5kg and 111cm on the fly.
I never thought i would brake my Pb 2 times this year and in over all this year has been incredible for me, i feel like I've finally started learning how to catch these bigger fish and be consistent with it.

 

After coming back to home and starting to look over the pictures in my cameras memory card i suddenly had a weird feeling that i caught this pike before and sure enough after comparing year old pictures of my previous pike fly PB i was shocked to notice that it was indeed the same pike, just fatter and little longer. So if anything this validates for me the importance and just common sense of catch and releasing big predators, after all you never know you just might get them back even bigger if you're lucky, like i did.



the upper one is the new PB and the one on the bottom is the previous fly pike PB the markings are identical.



      

Sunday, November 29, 2015

new SF bigmouth softies are out

Long time no see, so lets get straight into it i've been making and testing out a new softbait model for some time now and i must say that so far the darn thing is impressed me with its action and catching ability. long story short i basically wanted to make something that is reminiscent by my previous model but give it little bit more bulk and also make the mouth part of the lure more of a cup than what i originally did and oh boy does it work nicely. the cupped face gives the softbait a pretty unique action and also makes it easier for me to pour the bait in the mold, which makes things much more easier for me.

so here are some of the test colors i have done so far by using some new versions of the CAB coatings soft paints. i must say the paint works really well already, i cant wait until they get it out in the market, its going to be something that changes the game for us north europeans for sure.












i've also done some videos regarding the soft bait rig that we use called "shallow screw" and also i've done a short swim test of the soft bait, and you can check those out from the vids below


and lastly a bit of an odd occurrence that happened to me while i was testing out this new model. exactly to date last year i caught my pb pike on a fly in exactly the same weather conditions ( totally flat calm and little bit of snow fall and roughly the same time of the day too, and now exactly a year later i caught a new pb on this new softbait model, i dont know what are the odds of that happening, but needless to say i feel pretty damn lucky.