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Thanks for sharing your #fishingchristmas photo with us @ruggedthumbs! ・・・
I knew I liked that Santa guy 🎅🏻What tree would be complete without fishing ornaments??? #ruggedthumbs #hallmark #santa #fishingforcookies

Shirt production for @ruggedthumbs 👍🏼

One of my favorite pictures of my Dad with a Texas bass he caught on a soft jerkbait called a slugo. Thankfully he taught me to fish. #bigbassdreams #ruggedthumbs #matchthehatch tag:@ruggedthumbs

That moment you realize you should have went for the next net size up from @frabill #ruggedthumbs #frabill #shark #getthenet

Hopefully this fish works on that belly and is filled out when @herroutdoors comes back for her with a High5 to the face
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#ruggedthumbs #largemouthbassfishing #kayakbassfishing #swimbaits #swimbaittech

Was able to spend a few days fishing with Jim Young in the MO Invitational put on by @bassing_bob 📷credit: Old Kinderhook #ruggedthumbs #jig #zoombaits

Fishing is always on the brain around here
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Christmas part = Bass Socks
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#ruggedthumbs #bestsocksever #christmassocks #wishiniwasfishin #ratherbefishing

Evening recap: Today we had the peak of a warming trend for the week. Rain yesterday, wind, and warm temps got rid of most the ice. The forecast for Thursday and Friday is low temps and ice again... All that being said I hauled A** to my home lake still in my work clothes, borrowed a ultra light Crappie rod and ran to the boat to get a few cast in before dark. With the 1/8oz jig head and a chartreuse grub I was able to catch a number of little bass including this little guy that served as my first fish of 2017. If the water doesn't go solid I'll get out this weekend and chase down some bigger bass. #ruggedthumbs #crappiejigs #ultralightrod #lightlinefishing #softplasticbaits

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Fishing is always on the brain around here
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Christmas part = Bass Socks
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#ruggedthumbs #bestsocksever #christmassocks #wishiniwasfishin #ratherbefishing

@ruggedthumbs
Give these 5" swimbaits a try. Large profile and lots of wobble. They will make a great stocking stuffer.

#regrann #fishing #bassfishing #kayakbassfishing #swimbaits #fishtexas #ruggedthumbs #High5

Hopefully this fish works on that belly and is filled out when @herroutdoors comes back for her with a High5 to the face
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#ruggedthumbs #largemouthbassfishing #kayakbassfishing #swimbaits #swimbaittech

Do you love to fish?
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Planning, drawing lines, erasing lines, cutting, shaping, sanding, grinding and just staring at baits is second only to catching fish for me
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The process of actually bringing a bait to life from marks on paper is one of my favorite things to do
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I deal with the business forms, taxes and all the other STUFF that comes with your own business for a few reasons
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Those reasons are:
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My love of fishing
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My love for creating
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and
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My love of the idea that something I make can be a small part of making someone love fishing as much as I do
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Plain and simple
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#ruggedthumbs #ilovetofish #largemouthbassfishing #swimbaits #swimbaittech

Constantly looking for improvements
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If I put the work in now I put you all in the best possible situation to make memories with my baits
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Nothing major
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Small things some may not even notice or care about
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When I end my day I’ll know this bait is as good as it can be
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#ruggedthumbs #neversettle #swimbaits #largemouthbassfishing #wired2fish

Someone has either been really good this year or they are shopping for themselves
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#ruggedthumbs #swimbaits #largemouthbassfishing #santashelper #americanmade

When Santa calls needing the hook up on some @ruggedthumbs High5’s I had to help the guy out
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Follow the link in my bio to get hooked up like Santa
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#ruggedthumbs #santaclausiscomingtotown #stockingstuffers #largemouthbassfishing #kayakbassfishing

Are you after the cast or the catch?
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The process or the result?
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Learning or looking for the short cut?
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Why do you fish?
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Have you thought about it?
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#ruggedthumbs #largemouthbassfishing #kayakbassfishing #alwayslearning #swimbaits

Today was really tough but I was able to grind out a decent one. I also broke one off on a #ruggedthumbs #high5, thanks for the lid!
#fishtexas #kayakbassfishing #swimbait #swimbaitunderground #316lure #8" #risingson #diablopaddlesports #reeltexasfishing

For everyone who has been asking for a three inch version of the High5 here is some progress.
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I’ve had people asking for a three inch version for A-Rigs, underspins, trailers and for targeting small river waters.
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I still have a lot of work ahead of me on this but wanted to get an update out to you all.
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It’s been a great long weekend/holiday. Spent time with family and had some amazing food. Poured a bunch of High5’s to restock my website and made some saw dust late last night working on the 3 inch project.
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Add to that @herroutdoors sticking some good fish on the High5 and I can’t ask for much more out of the last few days.
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Thank you all for following along on this @ruggedthumbs project. I feel like the wheels are slowly starting to move and exciting things are coming in the future.
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#ruggedthumbs #swimbait #swimbaits #fishinglures #fishingtackle

Who got you started fishing?
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Who have you introduced to fishing?
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Who could you introduce to fishing?
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This Saturday was for getting stuff done
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I got a good jump on pour more High5’s for my website and some Christmas Orders
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I also made some good progress on my three inch version of the High5 that people have been asking for
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If you notice in the background, my Grandpa’s wood working tools are hung up in my dads shop watching over the work both my dad and I accomplish in this shop
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Unfortunately I never got to meet my Grandpa but know he was an avid angler. His passion for fishing is alive and well in both my dad and I.
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Luckily for me, my father had me fishing or at least making practice cast at around age 2 in the back yard.
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#ruggedthumbs #teachthemtofish #takeakidfishing #100to0 #fishingfamily

Working on restocking my website pouring one bait at a time
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I should have baits on my website www.ruggedthumbs.com by the middle of next week
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Thank you to everyone who has messaged me about when they will be available. I’m pouring this weekend and packaging early in the week.
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#ruggedthumbs #handpoured #swimbaits #fishinglures #swimbait

No filters or touch up on this
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I’m also not used to being on this side of the camera
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My dad apparently snapped this without me even knowing it one morning of our recent Wisconsin trip chasing smallmouth
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He and I have been doing a yearly guided father son trip since 2009
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I strongly suggest everyone “if you don’t already” start taking at least one annual fishing trip each year with someone special
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You won’t regret the memories made
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If take annual trips where have you been that helped make an an awesome trip???
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Photo credit @alanschuh
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#ruggedthumbs #100to0 #fathersonfishing #familyfishing #fatherson

Day 2 of the Missouri Invitational (a golf day) and Our team moved into second place and are 1 pound out of first.
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We had a great day golfing with much help from our Pros Barbara Blanchar and Matt Wood.
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Going out boat number 2 for the final day.
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Brian Maloney’s @skeeter_boats with @yamahaoutboards is a sweet ride.
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We just need to work through the day tomorrow and see where the chips land.
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#skeeterboats #ruggedthumbs #barbarablanchar #oldkinderhook #yamahaoutboards

Day one of the 2017 Missouri Invitational and Brian and I had 15.52 had a five fish limit with one KY we couldn’t cull.
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Golf tomorrow at Old Kinderhook and we will see how it all shakes down.
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#ruggedthumbs #bassingbob #oldkinderhook #skeeterboats #yamahaoutboards #powerpoles

#ruggedthumbs #bassfishing #kayakbassfishing #swimbait #swimbaitunderground #fishtexas #fishtexasrivers #mailcall
I received my order from #ruggedthumbs today in the mail. It also included a personal note from Cory. That's first class customer service, AWESOME man! Can't wait to use these baits!

The @ruggedthumbs website is getting very close to going live.
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So close I don’t want to say and jinx it.
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I’ll have some supply of both red eye and natural eye High5’s available.
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You will be able to select which eye color before adding baits to your cart.
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Many have also asked about pricing, as you can see I went with $12.99 for a 2pk of Swimbaits. These baits are 5inch and a full body design allowing for multiple styles of rigging.
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At the end of the day I’m an angler too and I will never price something I wouldn’t pay myself.
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If you are interested in baits I would turn on the post notifications for my page @ruggedthumbs because we are getting VERY close to the release.
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My goal for the High5 was two fold; create my own bait that my dad and I could make memories with and to create a swimbait that has BIG Thump.
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As I showed this bait to friends they wanted baits of their own and the more request I got brought me to starting Rugged Thumbs.
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Having hit those first two goals; my new goal is to create a community around @ruggedthumbs and surround myself with anglers who share the same passion I have for making memories on the water.
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Stay tuned as things are just getting started.
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Thank you for all the support.
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#ruggedthumbs #100to0 #fishinglures #fishingtackle #neversettle

What do you see when you look at this photo?
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Do you see humble beginnings or a space with limitless possibilities?
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A quote I read today: if your only tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail.
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I see this space and I think how fortunate I am to be able to share a space with my father.
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A space we both create in.
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In this space I melted down some old baits and poured my very first swimbait only months ago.
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I don’t claim to be an expert yet. I pour baits one at a time and I continue to learn with each bait that comes to life.
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It seems simple yet hard to really grasp that experience only comes with work and time.
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With each bait (good or bad) I learn and improve for the next pour.
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It feels great to be back on track making saw dust and melting plastic.
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The ball is rolling @ruggedthumbs stay tuned for more announcements.
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Thank you for all the support as I work this project and run down my ultimate goal of providing baits that you and others can make memories with.
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#100to0 #ruggedthumbs #neversettle #fishinglures #workshops

Felt really good to make some dust tonight.
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Laying out lines, cutting, carving, shaping and sanding is my favorite part of the bait building process.
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You start to see your creation take shape and come to life.
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On a side note: to all you married anglers out there or just anglers who wear rings.
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As the water gets cold I would strongly suggest checking out @qalo rings. A few years ago I lost my wedding ring in the livewell late fall fishing because my hands had contracted from the cold water temps making my ring slip off.
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Luckily I found it and all was good but that made me get a rubber ring for fishing and anything outdoors.
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I’m not connect with @qalo in anyway just want to share my experience and hopefully save you all an uncomfortable conversation or feeling when your ring is gone.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #fishingtackle #wood #woodworking #qalo

I had to dig out the first EVER pour from @ruggedthumbs to reflect on the very beginning to where I'm at now with the High5 project. So many ups and downs, highs and lows but it's been an awesome project thus far. Only good things to come.
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To be completely honest I did this to try and get myself out of the funk I've fallen in as a result of constantly waiting on things.
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I've always been the type of person that for the most part could MAKE things happen.
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Some of the delay has legitimately been on me. The last month I have traveled to 5 different states; some for fun, fishing and work over the last month.
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I also greatly underestimated the amount of reliance of others setting up a fishing lure business would grow to be. Accountants, the state, federal government, banks, etc.
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I'm very fortunate to have mentors who have been in the business for years and have help steer me on the right path like @tmurphydixiejetlures
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Know that I'm locked in and will be making things happen with @ruggedthumbs to the best of my abilities.
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I wanted to update you all because I felt it was my obligation out of respect for the support you all have show me and not a search for pity.
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I purposely didn't post much over the last month because I knew I wasn't making progress and I didn't want to junk up your feeds with filler. I'm not a fan of posting things just for the sake of posting. If I don't feel it entertains or adds value I won't post.
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Please stay tuned in to @ruggedthumbs as I think you will see much progress in the coming days and weeks.
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Thank you to everyone who checked in with me over the last month and for every follow, like, comment, share and message along the way as I build something I hope people will want to be apart of.
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Respectfully Cory
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#ruggedthumbs #backinthesaddle #hesback #neversettle #nevergiveup

Go check out @ruggedthumbs page for the giveaway info!!!
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Since we are getting very close to an online release I wanted to give something back for all the support you've shown me as I work this process of starting my own company.
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I'm going to do a quick giveaway contest.
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The winner will get a pack of my High5 Swimbaits as seen in the picture of this post, a @ruggedthumbs thumb print flex fit hat and a Never A Last Cast t-shirt.
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Disclaimer: Instagram is in no way associated with this contest.
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Rules and details are simple:
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1) Like this post and follow @ruggedthumbs
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2) Tag three friends in the comments section that you think would be interested in what we are doing @ruggedthumbs
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3) Contest will run now through Tuesday 10/10 and end at 8pm central time zone.
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4) The winner will be contacted Tuesday night for shipping details.
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Good luck to everyone and thank you all for the likes, comments, follows, shares and messages. They are reassuring to me that I'm doing things the right way.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #fishingtackle #fishinglure #fishingtrip

Since we are getting very close to an online release I wanted to give something back for all the support you've shown me as I work this process of starting my own company.
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I'm going to do a quick giveaway contest.
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The winner will get a pack of my High5 Swimbaits as seen in the picture of this post, a @ruggedthumbs thumb print flex fit hat and a Never A Last Cast t-shirt.
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Disclaimer: Instagram is in no way associated with this contest.
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Rules and details are simple:
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1) Like this post and follow @ruggedthumbs
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2) Tag three friends in the comments section that you think would be interested in what we are doing @ruggedthumbs
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3) Contest will run now through Tuesday 10/10 and end at 8pm central time zone. Limited one entry per person
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4) The winner will be contacted Tuesday night for shipping details.
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Good luck to everyone and thank you all for the likes, comments, follows, shares and messages. They are reassuring to me that I'm doing things the right way.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #fishingtackle #fishinglure #fishingtrip

First day for @ruggedthumbs selling baits at the @bigbassbash_aia and the High5 was a big hit.
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We ended up selling through the baits we brought.
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Now I'll finally get to see what others can do with this bait.
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The next step for @ruggedthumbs is pouring more baits and opening the online store.
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Thank you all for the support you've shown and your interest in this project and thank you to @bigbassbashal and @bigbassbash_aia for having us at their event. They are first in class when it comes to putting on a fishing event. .
Much more to come in the near future.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishingtackle #fishinglures #lakeoftheozarks #neversettle

Caught these fish on a tough day of fishing in Wisconsin
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VERY few bites
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A new/old technique I wasn't familiar with
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NEVER A LAST CAST
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#ruggedthumbs #smallmouthnation #smallmouthfishing #fishinglures #neversettle

My new glasses from @dragonalliance just in time for my Wisconsin trip.
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These glasses float and YES the arms are interchangeable with a second set that has a built in strap.
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I'll be testing these bad boys out on three days of Wisconsin Smallmouth Bass.
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#ruggedthumbs #dragonalliance #wisconsinfishing #fishingwithdad #roadtrip

Ever see a Twistlock from @ownerhooks that big???
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Both signage for the @bigbassbash_aia coming to life
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Lake of the ozarks October 7th and 8th, stop by PB2 and say hi while trying to win 70 GRAND!!!
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #lakeoftheozarks #bigbassbash #ownerhooks

Another 25 hand poured Swimbaits hot out the mold like cookies out of the oven @ruggedthumbs
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I'm working on some stash while I wait on the state to sign off on my business papers.
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I'll have a booth set up at PB2 for the Fall @bigbassbash_aia October 7th and 8th. If you are fishing the event or just in the area please stop by and say hi.
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One fish will bring $70,000 for the biggest bass. You don't want to miss this event.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #fishingtackle #madeinamerica #lakeoftheozarks

Spent today pouring baits one at a time working on filling trays
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #fishingtackle #lakeoftheozarks #lovetofish

Starting to get baits packaged up and it's a great feeling.
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I'm looking forward to stories of memories made with this bait as well as making some memories fishing it with my dad.
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Thank you
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I really mean thank you to everyone for each and every like, comment, share, follow and DM.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #fishingfun #fishingislife #bassfishin

Red eyes focused on the future of @ruggedthumbs
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I'm working on building up inventory for my September release and for my booth at the @bigbassbash_aia fall event at Lake of the Ozark
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In my head @ruggedthumbs has been real for a long time, soon others will be able to experience it as well
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#ruggedthumbs #neveralastcast #fishinglures #fishingislife #trusttheprocess

Something about the red eyes on the pearl just looks good
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#ruggedthumbs #neveralastcast #fishinglures #fishingtime #neversettle

Looking at the logo on this hat and looking back at the last 5 months makes me proud
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My goal is to create something that people want to be a part of
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My mission for @ruggedthumbs is Never A Last Cast
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My Core Values for @ruggedthumbs are Honesty, Passion and Respect
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I use that mission and value system to constantly check not just what I'm doing but how I'm doing it
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My mission of Never A Last Cast is a commitment to learning my craft and bringing memories through fishing to new generations
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My core value of Honesty is to avoid bait hangers and false promotions
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My core value of Passion is to do everything no matter the task 100%
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My core value of Respect is for not only anglers but for the fish we all chase and a commitment to their safe handling
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This is what I'm about and this is what my company is about, if this speaks to you I look forward to the future with you
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Thank you for every like, comment, DM, share and follow support @ruggedthumbs it is very much appreciated
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#ruggedthumbs #neveralastcast #basscandy #neversettle #trusttheprocess

The High5 has more thump than a trunk full of subs
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This tail will shake a MH action rod on the retrieve even at slow speeds
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #thumper #ownerhooks #basscandy

Out like a fresh batch of cookies, well the smell in the shop is a little different
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@ruggedthumbs will be at the 2017 Fall BIG Bass Bash coming up in October
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This event is put on by the fine folks over @bigbassbash_aia
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They are very well know for running top notch events for anglers all throughout the year
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If you are planning on being there please stop by our booth at PB2
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#ruggedthumbs #bigbassbash #anglersinaction #fishinglures #lakeoftheozarks

Check the reflection in the Red Dragon
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@ruggedthumbs supervisor Suzie checking in on the shop making sure I'm working hard
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I had some conversations with the good people at @mfmanufacturing and tried some of their tips out
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I poured a tray full of my High5 Swimbaits and will test some out in the water tomorrow
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #workshopdog #trusttheprocess #neveralastcast

For all you top hookers
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The High5 is a full body swimbait that allows you to rig any way you like or however your fishing conditions dictate
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#ruggedthumbs #meathook #jighead #neveralastcast #fishinglures

With anything, recognition of conditions and environment brings success.
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If the conditions call for a weedless application I have been rigging my bait with this 6/0 @ownerhooks BEAST hook.
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It lines up well and sticks fish even better.
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If you can get away with a top hook rigging style this bait has a full body to also support that style.
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With a higher ratio reel you can also wake this bait on the belly weighted Owner Beast hooks.
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Many different ways to chase your target fish with this bait.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #ownerhooks #neversettle #trusttheprocess

More pearls than your granny's necklace
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #pearls #neversettle #neveralastcast

It's about the experience and the memories made
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Things you get to see because you got out of the house
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The challenge
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The bait monkey that always bites
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The one that broke you off
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Landing that new PB
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All the things that make up the #neveralastcast mindset
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #getoutside #neversettle

Chasing after hard to reach smallmouth
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Took this rig down a long gravel road that turned into a logging access that turned into a trail
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At the end of all that was a little moving water with small jaws
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Always fun doing something different especially when you can catch brown fish
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#ruggedthumbs #smallmouthnation #smallmouthbassfishing #neversettle #trusttheprocess

Did a little bit of 2T testing last night
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The bass seemed to be into it riding on the back of a buzzbait
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #topwater #topwaterfishing #buzzbait

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