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  • What is the best color for Fishing Lures?

    Posted on November 3, 2011 by admin

    The question is inevitable - what is the best color for fishing lures? Well, that depends a lot on 1) what is the water clarity and 2) to a lesser degree, what are the outside conditions. In shallow water with muddy to moderate clarity, it is usually best to stick to colors that illuminate, like chartreuse or firetiger. These colors are more vibrant and easier for the fish to detect. As the water clarity changes to a more tea/light coffee/stained appearance,  it is okay to switch to more of a pumpkin, brown olive and watermelon color. As the water clarity become more clear (midday for instance), you are fine to switch to the darker colors, such as brown and blue/black. This color selection also holds true for outside conditions - the darker the outside (think overcast), the lighter colors will work well. As the conditions brighten (think full sun), it is best to switch to darker colors. Also, in brighter conditions (usually indicates water will be warmer), the fish will become more active and start to chase those fishing lures that imitate the action and color of their natural food. Therefore, a great color for these conditions are crayfish. Based on this generic (and highly subjective) guide, we have grouped the fishing lure colors into three color type: vibrant, light/browns and dark colors. Our ultimate suggestion would be to try and determine the water clarity and pick the proper color. However, even more important, the best advice is to be flexible. If you select vibrant and are not receiving many strikes after sufficient casts, switch to light/brown colors to see if that will entice the fish to strike. As with everything about fishing, there are only suggestions, no surefire "it always works" answer to the color question. The best answer is to always use your experience to determine the best the color that will give you the highest probability of catching that lunker that is lurking and ready to strike.

     

     


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  • Win a fishing lure package by liking us on Facebook

    Posted on November 1, 2011 by admin

    We have created a Facebook page for our fishing lures. If you are on Facebook, you can like our page. Once you like our page, you will be entered to win a fishing lure package of three weedless jigs (your color choice), a spinnerbait and a buzzbait. This is a $25 value for just liking us on Facebook! Also, if you've purchased our lures and have caught some fish or have a testimonial, we certainly would love to see the pictures and hear the stories. In fact, if you send us a testimonial and/or pictures, we'll enter you to win the same lure package. So head over to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Furry-Fish-Baits/179541248746536?sk=app_190322544333196 and let us know what you think!

    Also, as a side note, we also have redesigned our Youtube page. You can see the redesigned page at http://www.youtube.com/user/Furryfishbaits


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  • The Price is Right?

    Posted on October 8, 2011 by admin

    I recently read an article that explained as the recession continues, most consumers are looking for cheaper products over higher quality -but higher priced- products. Reading the article got me thinking about our fishing lures. Even though we think our lures are an excellent value for a hand-made, unique lure, we could possibly lower the price by using lower quality materials. A good example of that would be to use cheaper china hooks instead of better quality -but more expensive- Mustad hooks.  So the question becomes, for the average fisherman, is price or quality more important? If price is more important, how much would the price have to decrease for you to accept lower quality?


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  • Hooked on Hooks

    Posted on September 9, 2011 by admin

    We are often asked why we use Mustad hooks in our bass fishing lures. As most may know, there certainly are cheaper fishing hooks. However, take it from someone who has had a hook bend (or worse, break), cheaper hooks can be the difference between landing a lunker and watching him splash away. Unbelievable as it is, Mustad hooks have been around since 1832. In fact, Mustad was the first company to use an automatic machine to create their hooks (1877). Mustad has a very rich history with the following story found on their website:

    One day in the late 19th century, a travelling Norwegian salesman,  came wandering through the Amazon rainforest in the hills between  Brazil and Venezuela. It was there that he met with the Yanomami tribe and introduced them to the products of his suitcase: fish hooks. Even to this day the Yanomami word for fishhook is simply “a Mustad”.

    When it comes to trying to land a fat boy lunker, that's not the time to decide if you can get away with an inferior hook. Plus, since we pride ourselves on using the best materials and manufacturing our lures in America, saving a few pennies on a hook just does not seem wise.

     

     

     


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  • Alternatives to Lead Fishing Products

    Posted on August 27, 2011 by admin

    Fishing products continue to come under attack from Federal and State regulatory agencies throughout the United States (and world). New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Washington (and others) have banned lead sinkers and/or jigs in certain lakes or of certain weight/length. As most everyone who reads this probably already knows, in August 2010 the EPA was petitioned by the Center for Biological Diversity and four other organizations to ban all lead in fishing tackle and ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). To the EPA's credit, they did not follow the request as the evidence for the ban was deemed insufficient. The public outcry that surrounded the request was tremendous.

    However, in our opinion, it is but a matter of time before lead fishing products will be banned throughout the United States. As a manufacturer of bass fishing jigs, we are currently experimenting with some alternatives to lead. Most alternatives are not ideal as they either 1) don't provide an acceptable same size/weight ratio to lead or 2) they are extremely expensive to manufacture (cost of materials). We have made it our goal to create an alternative (not replacement at this time) of lead fishing jigs that can compete in size and cost. Stay tuned!  


    This post was posted in Fishing News

  • Hey, where are my lures??!!

    Posted on July 30, 2011 by admin

    We've had some international customers contact us concerning the delivery status of their bass fishing lures. In all instances, the customer has selected United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class International shipping. If you are an international customer, I think it's important to bare in mind the following:

             •  Any package - but especially First Class - can be held in customs for an extended period of time (I've heard a month or more is possible for First Class packages).  It's uncommon for the parcel to spend more than a week or two, but it is certainly possible.

             •   There is no option with the USPS to provide tracking information for First Class shipping. The reason for this is rather simple, as the USPS simply hands the package to the postal service of the receiving country.

             •   If you need your package as soon as possible, we would suggest USPS International Priority Mail. The difference is price from First Class to Priority is nominal  - but Priority will provide a much quicker delivery time. 

    Having said the above, I think it's important to understand that once the package is shipped, we have no control over the length of time in transit. We typically ship the lures within 3- 5 business days (most times we can ship quicker than this - it all depends on the time of year the order is placed). If any questions, we are always willing to provide a shipping confirmation and customs receipt.

    As an added help, we are making a concerted effort to provide timely updates as to the status of shipping in the users profile. However, there are instances when we have shipped the lures and the profile hasn't been updated. If there's a question, please feel free to contact us as to the status of your package.   

    Furry Fish Baits - USPS Priority Shipping
    We Offer International USPS Shipping of our Bass Fishing Lures

     

     


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  • Summer Bass Fishing

    Posted on July 11, 2011 by admin

    As summer is in full swing, the question is often asked "Where is the best place to fish for bass?" The answer to that question depends most on when you are fishing the water body. If it is early in the morning or later in the evening (dusk), it is safe to work the perimeter. This rule especially applies if there are weeds/grass along the bank. This rule applies since most bass retreat to the shallow water (weeds and grass) along the perimeter to find food. Most food source for the bass will be in the shallow water since there is usually cover and most bugs enter from the bank. 

    During the hotter parts of the day, most bass can be found in two spots: 1) Under cover that is closer to the middle of the lake and 2) in the deeper middle of the lake (even without cover). As the water warms, most bass look for the cooler water to wait out the heat of the day. Usually, these bass can be coaxed to hit a spinnerbait or buzzbait. It will take some persistence, but as we all know, persistence pays off!   


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  • Buzzbaits: To Clatter or not to Clatter

    Posted on May 9, 2011 by admin

    Buzzbaits have been very successful in boating some of the best fish in the industry. Anyone who has thrown buzzbaits for any length of time will confirm the efficacy of these wonderful baits. However, any serious discussion about buzzbaits often turns on the question if the buzzbait should clatter or not. For a little perspective, a normal buzzbait will have one blade that makes a soft, swirling sound in the water as the large blade breaks the water. This soft, swirling noise noise attracts the attention of any bass that is in the vicinity. In contrast, a clatter blade on a buzzbait will make such a noise that it HAS to be noticed by a fish. There are two schools of thought on the clatter of the blade: 1) Some say that this clatter attracts -even if it's out of annoyance- the fish to strike. 2) States that the clatter may actually "spook" the fish and prevent it from investigating further. So who is right? I think it depends on the fish and the environment  in which the buzzblade is fished. If the conditions are poor (dark water, overcast, etc.) you may find buzzbaits with a clatter blade to be more effective than if the conditions are clear. However, in a over-fished body of water, a clatter blade may actually do more harm than good. We currently do not use a clatter blade on our Furry Fish Bait line of buzzbaits, but we have investigated the effectiveness of doing so.

    We welcome your thoughts, ideas and comments. Have you had success with clatter baits?

    Our Furry Fish Bait Buzzbait

     

     

     


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  • Site Fishing - Lesson learned from the Citrus Slam

    Posted on April 1, 2011 by admin

    Citrus Slam Marquee

    What a great show and turn out at the Citrus Slam. The vendors and fans really showed up in force:

    Fans and vendors at the Citrus Slam

    Yamaha tent was first class

    The overwhelming theme at the Citrus Slam was one needs to know how to site fish.  Those anglers that knew how to site fish were successful in producing the largest fish. Those that didn't know how to site fish, well, they didn't do as well.  Site fishing isn't really difficult - providing that you have the eye site and can hold your boat steady.

    All of the anglers spoke of the great time and great fishing they experienced!


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  • Recommendations for Spinnerbaits

    Posted on March 15, 2011 by admin

    New or novice fishermen often ask about spinnerbaits and what are the proper times to use them.  The common wisdom is to use a spinnerbait during windy or inclement weather. However, as mentioned on our site,  spinnerbaits can actually be fished year- round and in any weather condition.

    The key to a spinnerbait is to make sure the bait stays in the strike zone. To accomplish this, once the bait is cast, the bait should be allowed to sink into the strike zone (depending on the depth of the water) and then retrieved. As the bait "rides" up in the water, stop the retrieval so that the bait can sink back into the strike zone.

    It's also important to periodically check the blades to ensure that they spin freely. If there is a "catch" or the blades do not spin freely, see if you can determine the reason for the catch and fix it.

    Spinnerbaits can be a tremendous weapon in your bass fishing tool box. Remember to retrieve, stop and allow the spinner to sink back into the strike zone, retrieve, etc. Follow these directions and you are sure to catch a lunker!

    Use spinnerbaits to get into the home of the lunker!

     

     


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