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Old 12-31-2015, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking about starting to make my own tackle. And I was wondering if soft plastics is a good place to start.

How easy is it?
Is it even economical? Cabelas sells a gallon bucket of soft plastics it has 680 pieces and costs $45. That's less than $0.07 a piece.
What is a good starting kit? The Janes Net Craft kit seems a good price

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Hobbies usually aren't "economical." I used to brew beer and tried to convince myself it was more "economical" because I could brew batches of beer for half of the price it cost at the liquor store. Hell I even had a great blonde recipe that I could brew 10 gallons and keg for ~$15-20. But that didn't factor in the $2,000 in equipment I had acquired over the years!

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You won't save any money doing it. As far as I'm concerned, it's only "worth" it if you are making something that you cannot buy at a reasonable price, either because it's been discontinued, or you want a unique custom color, or you think you can "build a better mousetrap" and have some specific ideas how to do it. But it is a whole lot of fun, and from that standpoint it may be worth doing anyway.



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Thanks for the input. Does anyone know anything about the Jann's Netcraft kit.
http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/soft-pl...022500001.aspx

Or have any other starting kit recommendations.

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Before springing for a kit, if I were you I would watch some of the scores of excellent YouTube tutorials on making your own soft plastic lures. Then decide whether you want to start with a "kit" or buy your own molds, materials, etc., so you are pouring what you want, not what the kit maker decided you might want.



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Before springing for a kit, if I were you I would watch some of the scores of excellent YouTube tutorials on making your own soft plastic lures. Then decide whether you want to start with a "kit" or buy your own molds, materials, etc., so you are pouring what you want, not what the kit maker decided you might want.
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http://www.del-mart.com/shop/home.php
those are some great molds and the guy was very helpful starting out.
in fact, the below page is one i poured:
http://www.del-mart.com/shop/product...cat=255&page=2

all that said, it is a fun hobby. it is not to make money or save money. IMO, it is for making custom colors. the fumes are nasty. WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR in a well ventilated area. not worth your lungs.
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