Posted on

6 months $2000+ Dollars for 1 fish – This is the Fiddle Fin

6 months $2000+ Dollars for 1 fish - This is the Fiddle Fin 1


Let me tell you how I tricked this fish using thousands of dollars of high-tech gear and hundreds of hours of computer time. This story started at the beginning of the year when I said that in 2021 I was only going to fish with lures that I made myself, nothing store bought. You see, that was really stupid because I had only been designing lures for about a week and I thought “I got this, no problem!” But really, I had problems.

You see, here’s the rub. When you only fish with lures you design it turns out you have to design a lot of lures. Like I said, it was a stupid decision. I got to work but then my ADD kicks in and I’m designing my replacement for the corky and I’m trying to make a giant Rat-L-Trap, and I’m trying to make a giant wakebait and I’m all over the place. Then, I have people calling me asking to design lures for the and asking me to 3D print molds so I do that and I was a hot mess, but I was in luck.

Texas got hit with some cold weather that probably knocked a good three to four weeks of fishing. Then it started raining and it didn’t stop for what seemed like a month so I didn’t feel too bad that I was losing a ton of fishing time. I did get some gar fishing in with my son which was great since I had never really done that before. But in the back of my head, I knew I needed to make this one specific lure for when I got to really go fishing again.

original fiddle fin lure

Last year, I came across this lure that absolutely slayed for me! It was the down south lire burner shad, specifically in chicken of the seas. I love this lure, it crushed it for me in spring and early summer which is right now when I’m finally getting the chance to go fishing again. So what makes this lure so special? I think it really comes down to the size. It’s listed at 2.75 inches but if you go from tip to the very end of the tail it’s a little over 3 inches. The profile really fits the bait that’s running around our marsh system this time of year. We have little shrimp and minnows, little mullets, this bait is having babies all over the place. So it mimics the shrimp, it mimics the little minnows so it’s a great lure.

fiddle fin lure modifications

So my overriding design factors is overall length of the bait. I want to keep it in that 2.75 to 3 inch range so I could have flipped this lure on to its back and glued it down to a board then do an open pour silicone, but that’s boring. That’s also kind of cheating and I respect these lire makers because they make great lures, I’m not going to just copy it. If I wanted to copy it, I would just go down to academy and pick up a bag for $4.99. I am only going to fish with lures that I make myself.

So the body is pretty straightforward, standard swim bait body. However, I did want to make one slight modification which is using these Z-Man trout eye heads and they blow up this little body. I wanted to use they have these giant prongs in them to hold the lure, so I wanted to make it a little fatter and make it a little taller in the body to fit the jig heads. I also wanted to do something a little different than a paddle tail. I’ve been experimenting around with different swim bait paddle tail and tail combos and I wanted to do something a little different. One morning, I’m having coffee and just messing around on Fusion 360 when something comes together and I thought it was pretty cool. I was calling it a guitar tail, the axe tail,  until I posted it in a soft plastic bait making group and someone told me it was a fiddle fin.

fiddle fin one cavity mold

So I prototype a quick one cavity mold shoot and take it out to the pond, throw it out and reel it in. I got some really good action and like what I see. The body is rock solid and the tail is going nuts, sweet full send multi-cavity mold incoming.

Now at this point, I’m only going fishing in the morning. It’s late afternoon and I go my mold so I don’t have a lot of time to shoot a lot of different colors. I decided to go with a green tone with a lot of glitter in there and a chartreuse tail. At the last second, I decided to try a new penny color. I really should have done a new penny color with the chartreuse tail. So at this point, the tide is lining up with my perfect time to fish. I love fishing in the evening time in the summer, you can get in the water at about 4-5 P.M and watch the sun go down. The tide is flowing from about 5-9 P.M which is the perfect time for me.

fishing using the fiddle fin lure

If you’ve watched any of my videos up to this point, you’ve seen me fish this spot before. I have a link at the end to give you a full breakdown but it’s one of my favorite spots. I don’t like to get up early. So I show up, park the car and hop in the water. Just about 20 minutes in to fishing I got a bite, but he got off. Now if you fish around the Texas gulf coast, you know exactly what that was- a state record flounder. Maybe not, but I’m pretty sure it was a flounder. It had a short bite, followed me and spit the hook which is a classic flounder move. But either way, I got a bite.

But this isn’t a bad lure so I start heading further and further towards the bay and walked for probably a good our cast fishing. No movement, but there’s bait all over the place. Mullet’s are flying out of the water and they weren’t just flying they were really on the move. I even saw a turtle which was awesome. Then out of nowhere, I got my first fish on the fiddle fin. It was a little guy, about 20 inches on the nose but I wasn’t keeping him anyways. After countless hours in front of my computer and tons of 3D printing, I finally got a Red on a bait that I designed and I cannot tell you how excited this makes me feel. It’s the coolest feeling in the world to catch a fish on bait you designed yourself.

fish caught using fiddle fin lure

It’s one thing if you take another mold, shoot a lure, and catch a fish on it- that’s awesome. But to catch one that came completely out of your own head, that you made yourself- there’s no better feeling. I now know how those fly town guys feel, it’s a great feeling.

 

Thanks for watching guys! If you want to see how to design your own lures, I have a whole playlist right here and if you want to check out my breakdown of the spot I’m fishing at, it’s right here.

 

Take care everybody- tight lines.

Posted on

Christmas Bay Kayak Fishing | I will call it a Mini Slam

6 months $2000+ Dollars for 1 fish - This is the Fiddle Fin 2


Hello, everyone! Fall in Texas is my favorite time to fish because of the weather, which is around the mid 70's today.  In Christmas Bay, the wind is pushing and the tide is outgoing,  so this corner I'm currently in is the perfect ambush spot. As I'm casting in this area, my first fish to appear is a flounder but he doesn't know that he's hooked. When I reeled him in I wanted to make sure that he passed the new law requiring him to be at least 15 inches, but of course, he came in just short at 14 and three-quarter inches. After I found a floating poppy cork, I realized that it was mine all along and had fallen off of my kayak earlier.

Next, I found a speckler! He was maybe 10 inches tops, so not worth my while. I'm getting lots of fish on today, and the next one is a trout, which is exactly what I'm looking for today. This nice catch is quite feisty, and I'm pretty sure he's going to be a keeper. He ended up being 17 inches on the dot, and I don't normally keep fish but I haven't kept any all summer. I also don't keep speckled trout above 20 inches or females, but this one checks all the boxes and is good to go for now.

kayaking on chistmas bay for trout

I later found another trout that appeared to be smaller than the previous one, but he jumped out rather quickly. Additionally, we have a redfish, and with that, I shall call my collection for the day a mini slam!

Today we had about two and a half hours at Christmas Bay before the tide turned, but after that my fishing was done by that point. I had a great day fishing, and the wind was blowing out of the west. After I launched my kayak I drifted through the bay to a grassy area where I caught my first fish, then made it over to a cove where I snagged the small speckler. The water and wind both pushed me in the same direction, and two channels I found myself near had by far the most activity overall.

Thank you for watching and be sure to subscribe to my channel for more amazing content!

Posted on

Micro Fishing Texas Urban Creeks Multi Species

6 months $2000+ Dollars for 1 fish - This is the Fiddle Fin 3


Hello everyone, today we will be working in my “micro fishing” spot in which I have a new tactic I am super excited to show you guys! I have a very small setup with tiny hooks and a very interesting observation tank that we can throw the fish into for a closer look. Let's go fishing!

This is a very similar spot to where I was last time, except on a different bank. Right now, after getting my shoes incredibly dirty, I am in the flatter area between the two banks and basically right on the water. My setup for today is a Shimano Stratoc 1000 and a GX2 rod, as well as Power Bait Honey Worms. With a small piece of bait and the hook fully exposed, we are ready to set up shop here! The hooks I'm currently using are a size 16, and if this doesn't go well I plan on switching to a size 10.

catching red fish with micro setup houston

After quite a lengthy wait,  we finally have our first taker! With what looks to be a redfish, I popped him in the observation tank to get a closer look at his size and color that were both impressive. As I've begun noticing, the fish in these smaller creek settings tend to be ravenous and will eat just about anything. They definitely are not line-shy but I don't think they are fished for very often. For my next cast, I immediately caught some bites right off of the bat. This big boy ended up being a Texas cichlid, which I find absolutely fascinating.

texas cichlid action coming at you

Believe it or not, this is the only cichlid that is native to Texas and possibly North America, but I'll have to check on that. This drainage ditch area is honestly very common to Houston, so there are going to be a number of similar-looking creeks all over the city. Special shout out to the maintenance crew that cut this grass earlier! As always, be sure to subscribe to my channel and like my videos for more premium content like this!