Brady - We started making baits to sell a few here and there but mainly to make lures for ourselves and friends. It's fun to have fishing buds over to the house to pour worms and talk about fishing. We've been blessed with a successful and growing business and currently are selling about 1,200 bags of soft plastics per year and offer about a dozen different kinds of worms. We wanted to be able to make baits that were truly custom; meaning if we wanted a bait a little lighter or darker or with more or less glitter than what is commercially available, then we could. Also, most anglers have a story about a favorite bait that was either a limited edition or the company who made that particular worm has gone out of business and they can no longer get that color. Well that's where we come in, our shop is fully custom, as I like to say, "we can make any worm, any color".
Brady - Our most popular baits right now have been our 4.5" Beaver style flipping bait and the 5" Senko. Do-It Mold Corp has teamed up with Gary Yamamoto and they are selling molds to the exact specs of the original Senko. We have two of these molds and are really selling a lot of them in both single colors and dual color laminates.
What is the strangest request so far?
Brady - I wouldn't say we have really had any real unusual orders but I'm sure there will be some gag gift type orders come in at some point.
Brady - We actually have very little waste because we reuse our plastic. Most people don't know that you can melt used soft plastics down and reuse them. There is definitely a limit to how many times you can re-melt a bait though, they get real sticky after a few re-melts. You can save like colors and melt them together and come up with some good looking baits, many times they turn into a watermelon candy type bait.
Brady - As many people know, Dr. Gary Schwartz is doing some amazing things with lake management on his La Perla lake, north of McAllen, Tx. He raises prawns for his bass and has had success with the craw worms that I put together to match the prawns. I made him several variations, mostly transparent/opaque pearl bodies with blue pinchers, some of them I included the orange egg sack and some I did not.
I know you guys fish private ponds so what is your go to soft plastic and what color?
Brady - You've got to love fishing private waters, it's hard to beat a watermelon red fluke on private lakes. I prefer to fish them weightless and work them like a soft plastic jerk bait. Others I know get more technical with and fish them on a drop shot, or even use the fluke as a jig trailer.
Brady - The hard bait business is fairly time consuming as there are several steps to the process, from priming the bait twice, several coats of actual paint, sometimes scaling patterns, to the epoxy topcoat, it's a long process, which is why custom hard baits are much more expensive than commercial baits. I paint a lot of spooks with companies logos on them for them to give away to their customers as advertisement. That is good business because generally I paint a lot of baits the same color and my time efficiency goes way up.
Where is the best place to follow your work online?
Brady - At this time, we do not have a website so you can check us out on our Instagram page @betweenthebridgescustomfishing
Most importantly how do people order from you?
Brady - We take all of our official orders through our email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading and Happy Fishing!
Steven Bardin M.S.