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California Rock Fishing Lure 3D Printed Version

California Rock Fishing Lure 3D Printed Version 1


I miss rock fishing sometimes and my friend Jason, from All Out Blitz Fishing, sent me a message that he wanted me to make him some swim baits for rock fish, lean cod, cabezon, and halibut. He was even nice enough to send me some Dead On plastic salt water blend to make them with. It only took me a few months to get around to making these rock fishing lures, but this is what I came up with.

If you’ve ever used swim baits for rock fish or lead cod, you know they’re pretty basic baits that don’t need a lot of fancy stuff. They're super simple, rock fish and lean cod aren’t that picky. I wanted to make this one special for my friend Jason so I decided that instead of fin on the side, I would use the state of California.

Fusion 360 rock fishing lure

 

I hopped into Fusion 360 and I modeled the body of the bait using my loft technique. Basically, you make a wire frame of the bait and use the loft command to create the body and the tail. I found a .svg of the state of California, then downloaded and imported it into Fusion 360. From there, I scaled and rotated it around and placed it where I wanted it on the body. I just extruded it out from the body, which is a pretty simple and straightforward process.

You can do this process with any .svg, text, or anything else you would want. I completed version one and printed out three molds because it takes just as much time to print out three as it does one and if it works, I have three molds ready to go. Then, I decide to hand pour the molds. Jason mentioned wanting a blue rock Cod, so I looked them up and saw that they have dark splotches against a relatively light blue background. Based on that, I came up with three colors- a purple-ish black, a very light blue and an iridescent white called interference blue. The interference blue is a kind of white that shades blue when you rotate it around, it’s one of my favorite colors. I’m terrible at hand pouring, but if you want to see a master hand pourer go see Chris over at Worlds Worst Fishing. He’s an artist at what he does while I’m just throwing stuff around.

pouring rock fishing lure molds

Then, I just poured the color into the molds then added the top coat which was the interference blue. I was pretty happy but when I went to pop them out of the mold I noticed right away that I had a major problem. The tail section was very think and I didn’t think it would hold up to short bites from Rockfish, especially the smaller ones, even with the tough saltwater plastic. So I popped the frame back into Fusion 360 real quick and made a few slight adjustments. I adjusted the width and the depth of the back tail section and I also beefed up the back of the tail itself and put it at a slight angle. I also added a lot more room in the tail for the plastic to go. Twelve hours later, I have three great 3D printed molds and I go and pour them again.

completed rock fishing molds

I didn’t want to mess around with the hand pouring again since I’m terrible at it so I went with a straight pour this time adding the light blue, then a purple top coat. This time, these came out great and I think they’re going to be absolutely killer. As soon as Jason fishes them, I’ll put a link so you can see the results.

 

If you want to see in depth how these are put together, there is a tutorial. I also emailed this out to my mailing list who got the entire STL file if anyone is interested in printing it out themselves.

Take care and tight lines

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Brays Bayou Fishing | Using Bread for Carp

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After getting tangled in someone's bike that was riding along the bayou, it's time to try and catch some carp using bread as bait! I'll be using my classic ned rig with the bread, which is my go-to technique for grass carp and catfish. After you put it safely through the hook, ball it up until the hook is not exposed whatsoever.

My tactic today will be to throw my line to the other side of the bayou, let it drip down to where the grass carp can be picked up and then have my line float down a little bit farther to the right. We don't want to have the hook exposed at all because it's rolling along the bottom of the stream, but the one downside is getting your line snagged. It can be a little bit stout where it's deeper, as your line can sometimes get stuck in a small concrete crack.

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I had a couple of instances where it appeared like a fish was on the line, but the first one to come to fruition was a common carp, which is pretty rare since I'm using bread. After a long fought battle, I reeled in one with some great color on him. It was in a relatively deep area, so it looks like my plan to cast across the bayou and let it float to the right spot definitely paid off.

This was the first time that I caught a carp using only bread in quite some time, but I highly recommend using this method with the ‘ned head' if you want a challenge for yourself.

As always, if you liked the video then please like and subscribe to my channel to see more awesome videos just like this one. The Brays Bayou is an excellent spot in Houston for local fishing and I hope everyone can get out there soon!

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Ultimate Brays Bayou Fishing Guide

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Bayou fishing is one of favorite parts of living in Houston, and by now I'm sure you've figured out that my number one spot is Brays Bayou. This awesome location features over 31 miles of slow-moving water from the western edge of Harris County, south of Barker Reservoir along the border with Fort Bend County, east to its convergence with the Buffalo at Harrisburg. In simpler terms, there's a lot to love and it's one of the most underrated fishing spots in all of Houston.

I'm not the only one who loves fishing in this Houston bayou, as many reputable news sources and fishing experts agree with me on this spot. The Houston Chronicle noted that Brays Bayou waterway is home to an extremely diverse population of fish and features more species than you might expect. Large mouth bass and catfish are two of the more popular kinds of fish in the area, but it's important to know that invasive species like tilapia also roam the bayou.

If you want more information and tips on how to catch catfish and carp in the bayou, I have a video on my experience adventuring throughout the Brays area.

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Other fishing experts like Fishbrain agree with me that this is one of the best kept secrets in Houston, and I wanted to venture out to find out exactly how deep it is. My best estimate was approximately 3 feet when using my sonar, which I expect to remain somewhat consistent due to it being a manmade spillway. That would be the average depth on a good day, but I also was curious about conditions following a rain storm prior to fishing. After doing some research and making a video detailing my experiences, I have to say I had better luck than usual!

In addition to going after my favorite spots in the bayou, I also wanted to check out how things would go fishing in the outflow as well. Common carp and tilapia are the most frequently seen fish in this area, so I detailed the different ways it would be best to catch them with bait. If you're interested, here are my videos on catching these fish with:

I hope you enjoyed this post showing you why Brays Bayou is one of my top spots for fishing in Houston, and if you would like more information here is a map of the entire fishing area. Once again, take care and keep on fishing!

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Brays Bayou Fishing – After the Rain

Orange letters, Brays Bayou.


Hey there everyone! Today I'm back in Brays Bayou and we just had a brief rainstorm come through the area. This brings me back to the spot that I'm at today, which I'm hoping the elevated water level translates to more fish. It may not be as high as I would like it to be, but it looks pretty good for the time being. Let's give it a try!

It's raining here again but the water level is up in this section, which should make a nice break in the current. One of my setups is the method feeder, which hopefully will sit well in the break. I also have my light tackle, which will set up and hook right onto the ned rig. The only problem with the rain is a lot of trash being caught on the line.

I started out with the bread as my bait but ended up with a lot of grass on the line. After that of course, I found a rubber glove that looked disgusting. A few minutes later I was able to get a fish on and despite some struggling, I scooped up a large one! He was an awesome grass carp, and well worth the amount of time I spent trying to reel him in.

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Altogether, this was a classic example of the conditions in the area being more valuable to the experience than the spot itself. Even though everyone wants to find the perfect spot to find the right amount of fish, that spot usually has no luck almost 99% of the time. Fish were packed in there well today and I'm going right back tomorrow with some new pack bait.

If you enjoyed the video, please like and subscribe to see more content like this! Thanks again, and take care, everyone!