The Winter Life of a Charter Boat Captain

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As I had mentioned earlier, perhaps on many occasions, my basement has been bustling with activity. With the lure testing tank full of water and my best lures showing their action, I have observed, hammered and tweaked almost every one of my lures, good and bad, until I was happy with the wiggle and dive.

I then called a metal shop in Wisconsin to get a guesstimate on manufacturing my own spoon, yet to be named, and got a ball-park price that was reasonable.
So with one of my best-tweaked lures I mailed it to the shop for an actual quote with a plan to do a plant tour there later in the week. Well, to my surprise the salesman called me to say this particular shape, would cost about double what he had figured before.
I can’t justify that much, especially since the blank that they punch out for me still would have to be painted and have hooks installed, not to mention the packaging before it gets to market. After adding all that, it’ tough, if not impossible to compete with the big boys.
OK, so I go to plan “B” which I cannot expose for concern that my idea is stolen, but in the meantime I visited the plant to get some ideas.
I will be introducing my deadliest spoons at the Marquette Sport and RV show on March 23, 24 and 25th if you would like to come out to see them in action. I will have my, now famous, fishing lure test tank there and showing you the difference between an average lure and my own killer lures. Hope to see you there.

By the way, if you like to make our own fishing stuff, check out Jann’s Netcraft whether you like to make rods, jigs, crank baits or flies, this is a good source.

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About Brian Helminen

Brian is the owner and Captain of Sand Point Charters, LLC. He also owns and operates Designotype Printers, Inc. with his wife, Margaret. They have a cottage on Lac La Belle that can be rented by the week in the summertime.

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