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Best Lure Details with Fusion 360 Chop and Screwed

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So you want to add details to your lures but you want to keep them constrained in the certain areas of your lures? Today I'm going to go over best practices to make the best lure details with Fusion 360.

starting to make details with Fusion 360.

Prepping the Lure Body

Here I have the start of a paddle tail I'm working on. I've sculpted the body & I've split it in two because we only need to work on one section. Now we're going to go about adding some details to this lure.

The first thing to do is to create a sketch on the same plane that I used to split my lure in two. Then select ‘Create a Project' and select the geometry on the outside. Select ‘Hide' and the result will be an outline of the lure. Once you have your outline, think of it as the foundation of your design, now we assign where the body parts of the lure will be placed.

For the purposes of the lure I'm designing. I'll carve the head by using a fine-point splice & bend. Then, insert a line that splits the top and the bottom half of the lure to the middle-half of the tail. After this we can bring the body back by clicking ‘Unhide' then using the ‘Split' tool on the first arc, and then split it again once the arc has been removed.

You'll be left with a lure that is split at the arc, resulting in the ‘Head' on the top-half and then the bottom-half of the lure all accomplished to make the best lure details with Fusion 360.

For the purposes of this guide, we won't go into extreme detail on the full detail of the lure, we have plenty of videos that can be found here if you're interested.

What we're attempting to replicate is something you see on a lot of lures where the top-half has the cross hatch kind of pattern and the bottom has you know single line pattern on it so we're going to create a sketch on the same plane.

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Rectangular Patterns to create Lure Details with Fusion 360

We're going to create a sketch on that same plane that we've been working on. Begin by using the line tool that goes the length from the top to bottom, so when you stretch it out the pattern needs to be long enough. Next we're going to create a rectangular patten on the plane and we're going to from left to right across the lure, we're setting this up based on how you want it to look.

Next we're going to repeat the same process using the line, we're going to go across with the line tool. At a 30 degree angle on both sides it creates a cross hatch pattern all the way through. From here we can use these lines and pull them longer so we can place them accordingly.

‘Finish Sketch' and lock the top layer of lines so that you're only working the bottom layers of lines.

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Project to Surface

Using the ‘Project to Surface' selection, it allows you to select the appropriate faces for your lure, in the last section we highlighted that you can pull the lines out longer, during this step you'll be selecting the bottom half of the lines, since they are longer they are easier to select. This should allow you to select the image vector and and ‘Finish Sketch.'  The same will be applied to the next selection of the top lines. During this process you will receive plenty of errors but you can ignore them.

What you will be left with is this frame-like structure. Using the ‘Create Form' then select ‘Create Pipe' and go along the frame one at a time. If you do not then you will be met with an error denoting intercepting figures. Click ‘Finish Form' and we can clean the intersections.

final product

Clean up the Midline & Bring it all together

In order to clean up the lure, is to add in a midline and ‘Create Form' once the midline has been added in you can combine your bodies together to bring the design together.

Once you're at the end and have your design, we can mirror the body and apply it to the opposite side, once that has been completed you'll have your completed lure.

Looking for a unique lure? Consider one of the best finesse bass lures in the industry, the TechnoFrog. If you’re fishing for largemouth or smallmouth bass you’re going to want to add a pack of Techno Frog finesse baits to your tackle box. Also, check out our online shop for all the apparel you'll need! Whether you're lounging at home, mixing mica pearls for soft plastic lures, or on your weekly fishing trips!

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5 Best Ways to Improve the next GoPro


Lately, I have not been uploading as many fishing videos as I have in the past and there's a reason for that. Truth is the action cameras currently on the market aren't ideal for a very specific, but very large audience. Here's a few ways action camera manufacturers can improve the next GoPro.

Current Setup

My current setup that I use to record fishing videos includes a DJI Osmo Action, a Lavalier Mic that's attached to my hat and an external battery pack that I keep in my pocket or throw in my bag. With it being attached to my head, it's a pretty heavy setup on my head and after about three hours my neck starts to hurt and I have to secure my hat to my head because it can fall over easily.

Additionally, with my current set up, after a few hours in the Texas sun, my camera starts to overheat and typically it does not recover until I bring it inside. With all this considered, it got me thinking about a few ways camera companies can create the perfect action camera and improve the next GoPro model. A camera that would be perfect for fisherman, vloggers, mountain bike enthusiasts, and even surfers.

Improve the next GoPro

Designing the Perfect Head Mounted Camera

I got excited when GoPro and Insta360 both came out with these FPV style (First-Person) cameras. For GoPro, they released the GoPro Bones, it's a simple light-weight camera, with a rechargeable battery. However, while researching the camera, I couldn't find a way to connect the camera to a standard USB battery pack, and the cameras by Insta360 and GoPro are not water proof, so that's a no-go for surfing, fishing or kayaking. However, we can take the form of this camera and make some adjustments to make the perfect camera.

Make it Water-Proof

There's no way to avoid water when it comes to the outdoors. Even if you're not fishing or kayaking, you would still want a water proof camera to stave off rain and the elements. In a day and age where even phones are water resistant, the next step would be for more action cameras to become water proof.

Continuous Recording

It has to be able to record continuously for six hours, four on the low-end, and infinity on the extremely high end. Another component that can be implemented would be some feature that could pause the recording and then pick up the recording at any given moment with a tap or a sound so the photographer doesn't have to comb through hours of footage, and just save the last X number of minutes.

Cannot Overheat

This is a must, especially for anyone living in the Texas heat. The temperatures in the state can easily reach high eighties, low nineties in the evening and in the morning. Moreover, during the time when the camera will be used, typically you'll be in same spot, so there's not a lot of airflow, so maybe sticking a small fan or a heatsink to absorb the heat or provide some airflow to improve the next GoPro.

External Battery Support

Battery life for any of your devices is crucial. When developing your battery life it gives action camera manufactures an opportunity to do something interesting and special. Currently on my setup I use an external battery, at the very least make it universally compatible with any external battery. However, something that could be completely revolutionary could be to make a solar-powered battery back to eliminate the need for charging.

Audio Support

Currently, I use a hardwired LAV mic that has a fur-ball on the end of it, it's not exactly ideal because it's not waterproof. What would be incredibly helpful would be using a device like an InstaMic, it provides a great sounding Bluetooth mic that clips anywhere. A way to record audio would be a perfect way to improve the next GoPro.

 

Looking for a unique lure? Consider one of the best finesse bass lures in the industry, the TechnoFrog. If you’re fishing for largemouth or smallmouth bass you’re going to want to add a pack of Techno Frog finesse baits to your tackle box. Also, check out our online shop for all the apparel you'll need! Whether you're lounging at home, mixing mica pearls for soft plastic lures, or on your weekly fishing trips!

Tare care, tight lines!

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Best tool for mixing mica pearls for soft plastic lures

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I found the perfect tool for mixing mica pearls into your soft plastic lures. I was working on some new lures for WM Bayou and I wanted to incorporate pearls into the designs to make a lure that is unique from anything available on store shelves. There are tons pearls, or mica, available for you to purchase that come in a variety of colors and styles and one of the problems encounter is when you mix mica.

The first mixer

Depending on the materials they use in the pearls, some of the mica tends to clump more than others, so during this process I found a tool that is perfect for mixing mica pearls for soft plastic lures. When I initially ordered it, it came along with some resin that I ordered, and I figured “Hey, if they included it with resin, then maybe it'll work for plastics.” Low and behold it did, but the tool that I was using that came free, was total garbage. That lead me on a search for looking for the perfect mixing tool for mica pearls.

Second attempt

The freebie tool I received was made of a cheap plastic, ran on two batteries and had a bad switch, but it got the job done. It lead me to purchasing another mixer. This product is rechargeable, boasts a much more reliable switch, but for this tool the speed cycles through as you press the switches, so next time you would turn it on it couldn't be left at the speed setting you left it at, it would have to cycle through until it reaches your desired speed.

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The perfect mixer for mixing mica pearls for soft plastics

Finally, I purchased a professional milk frother from Amazon. That's right, a tool that's normally utilized for dairy products, provides the perfect solution to mixing mica into your plastic fishing lures. This one was an improvement over the mixer in every way, not only was it rechargeable, but they also had a separate button for each speed. It works fantastic.

After mixing my ingredients and mixing them with the frother, it comes out perfect every time. The only issue that you could come across is sometimes the mica could get stuck to the frother, but removing it was simple with a toothpick or stick. Make sure you keep the product clean, if the mica gets stuck in it, you could end up mixing the colors and end up with an end-result you aren't too thrilled about.

Looking for a unique lure? Consider one of the best finesse bass lures in the industry, the TechnoFrog. If you’re fishing for largemouth or smallmouth bass you’re going to want to add a pack of Techno Frog finesse baits to your tackle box. Also, check out our online shop for all the apparel you'll need! Whether you're lounging at home, mixing mica pearls for soft plastic lures, or on your weekly fishing trips!

Tare care, tight lines!

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The Best Way to Buy Fishing Lures with Crypto

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If the Crypto winter has you down, we have a suggestion: purchase your lures with cryptocurrency. W.M Bayou has a big announcement, you can now buy fishing lures with crypto.

What is cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a virtual asset that is secured by cryptography, making it nearly impossible to counterfeit or duplicate. It is distributed across decentralized computer networks, this allows the digital currency to be exist outside the control of the government. In recent years, cryptocurrency has become a method for normal people to place their cash into to make double the amount in digital assets.

Types of cryptocurrency?

While Bitcoin is the most recognizable cryptocurrency, many more have taken the reigns of being apart of everyone's digital asset portfolio. Ethereum, Tether, USD Coin, and even one called DogeCoin, a cryptocurrency that hit all-time high in popularity in 2021. In short, all these are types of tokens that can be exchanged for goods and services like remain money, however these are digital assets that can be transferred instantly.

That leads us onto the current “cryptocurrency winter.” While the value of digital assets fluctuate often, in recent months, cryptocurrency has experienced a new low. The original 2021 boom during the pandemic made normal Americans a lot, but as more and more people withdraw their funds from their digital wallet, the value of the currency has gone down.

Buy fishing lures with Crypto

W.M Bayou is now the first to accept cryptocurrency to purchase fishing lures. You cannot sell your digital assets because doing so would mean that you accept the loss if you purchased crypto at a higher price than it's being sold for. If you feel like you aren't getting mileage out of your crypto investment, then now is the perfect time to convert your digital assets into the purchase of a W.M Bayou Techno Frog.

How to buy fishing lures with Crypto

We have made a simplified experience for you when you purchase when you buy your fishing lures with crypto. When you are on the checkout screen, select the Check out box and follow the onscreen instructions when it prompts you to use your Coinbase account, a digital asset wallet application. Please note that we are only accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum and Doge. Click HERE to see the Techno Frog.

There's no better time to buy fishing lures with crypto than now, especially since we are offering a special discount code on your first purchase using crypto currency. Use code CRYPTO15 at checkout to receive 15% off your first order. Not only are you dumping your unwanted crypto, but you are also receiving your Techno Frog, it's a win-win.

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