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Poor little shad has to drag that big tail through the water getting all the Bass attention
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I've been throwing this bait on medium heavy rods from 6'6 up to 6'7
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This tail will definitely shake your rod tip, if that interest you
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #trusttheprocess #neversettle #swimbaitjunkies

How would you rig this bait?
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I haven't gotten to spend much time with this bait yet. So I'm curious to see what you all think
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This is a 5inch bait with a recessed hook slot
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #trusttheprocess #neversettle #makeyourown

Sanding primer, thinking how awesome it will be catching fish on this bait and seeing other do the same. .
#ruggedthumbs #fishing #sanding #makeyourown #neversettle

While working as a fisheries observer I had been extremely fortunate to meet so many amazing, like-minded people who truly care about our planet. 🌎 Here are two good sized Sablefish or "Black Cod" we caught while fishing with pots in the Pacific. Thanks @ruggedthumbs for the AWESOME T-shirt!! Happy and very thankful to rep your brand on the big blue! 🐟❤🌊 #ruggedthumbs #grabmorelife #catchmorefish #sablefish

@jason.1544 on #thumbwarthursday
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Double proof with the NICE fish and the Rugged Thumb
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@ruggedthumbs easily tells you if fish got caught or stories are being told
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #neversettle #trusttheprocess

You may be wondering what in the heck is this pile of crap
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This pile is just a few of the failed bait attempts, wood working attempts and early painting that makes up my ever growing experience
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What you don't see is the countless hours of watching every bait making YouTube video and reading every lure making book I could get my hands on
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There's no substitute for experience and there is no express line to making your own quality baits
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If it's truly your passion you find a way to figure it out
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Looking back I'm thankful for each of these failed attempts and the years of experience both good and bad
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #trusttheprocess #neversettle #makeyourown

My Sunday setup is my new bait rigged weightless on an @ownerhooks 5/0
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I'm hoping the slow fall will be more than the local smallmouth can handle.
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2am wake up call comes early but if the payout is in bronze backs than I'm ALL IN.
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I'll let everyone know how it goes tomorrow.
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Thank you all for the support on this new little bait.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #riverfishing #trusttheprocess #neversettle

My second bait from my sketch book comes to life this evening.
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Living in the Midwest, I love flipping and pitching to cover, docks and other structure.
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I wanted to get this bait going for close combat.
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I love pitching into a boat slip and getting bit.
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This bait has dual tails, a hook channel for weedless rigging and a solid flared head for a solid surface to rig to.
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I'm taking these river fishing this weekend to see if any smallmouth will snack on them.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #trusttheprocess #neversettle #noexcuses

Went out for a few hours before dark looking for a few football players. Struggled to find one. Still better than being inside. #ruggedthumbs #football #footballjig #jigfishing #superbowl

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You may be wondering what in the heck is this pile of crap
.
This pile is just a few of the failed bait attempts, wood working attempts and early painting that makes up my ever growing experience
.
What you don't see is the countless hours of watching every bait making YouTube video and reading every lure making book I could get my hands on
.
There's no substitute for experience and there is no express line to making your own quality baits
.
If it's truly your passion you find a way to figure it out
.
Looking back I'm thankful for each of these failed attempts and the years of experience both good and bad
.
#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #trusttheprocess #neversettle #makeyourown

@jason.1544 on #thumbwarthursday
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Double proof with the NICE fish and the Rugged Thumb
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@ruggedthumbs easily tells you if fish got caught or stories are being told
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #neversettle #trusttheprocess

Regardless of the size fish I'm still amazed at the intensity of these swimbait bites.
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I don't think the bites are as violent on any other style baits.
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When they hit it's like the fish doesn't just want the swimbait, they want the rod out of your hand.
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#ruggedthumbs #thumbwars #fishinglures #trusttheprocess #neversettle

River Fishing Recap
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Saturday night I finally went to bed around 11pm.
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I left my house at 2am and drove almost four hours when all said and done this morning to try and get on some river smallmouth.
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To answer a question: this fish was NOT caught on either of my soft plastic baits.
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Some would have easily told you all their fish came on "their bait".
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As much as I would have loved it for all of our fish to solely come on my baits today that just wasn't the case.
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I have far too much respect and appreciation for all of you that have followed along and support me to ever lie to you by hanging my baits on fish that had been caught on something else.
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Bait hangers aren't welcome here.
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My goal for @ruggedthumbs is for my baits to help you make memories on the water. Not lie to you in hopes that you buy a few more baits.
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I'm working to build not only a company but a community and their is no place for lies in either one.
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As for my new bait, it's going to need some time put into it like anything else so I can recommend to you all exactly how to set it up.
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Thank you all for the support, likes, comments, DM's, shares and follows.
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It's crazy to me to see all the support you all send my way.
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#ruggedthumbs #nobaithangers #neveralastcast #trusttheprocess #neversettle

My Sunday setup is my new bait rigged weightless on an @ownerhooks 5/0
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I'm hoping the slow fall will be more than the local smallmouth can handle.
.
2am wake up call comes early but if the payout is in bronze backs than I'm ALL IN.
.
I'll let everyone know how it goes tomorrow.
.
Thank you all for the support on this new little bait.
.
#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #riverfishing #trusttheprocess #neversettle

My second bait from my sketch book comes to life this evening.
.
Living in the Midwest, I love flipping and pitching to cover, docks and other structure.
.
I wanted to get this bait going for close combat.
.
I love pitching into a boat slip and getting bit.
.
This bait has dual tails, a hook channel for weedless rigging and a solid flared head for a solid surface to rig to.
.
I'm taking these river fishing this weekend to see if any smallmouth will snack on them.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #trusttheprocess #neversettle #noexcuses

What's one more bait right?
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I'm waiting on some materials for Swimbaits and some things for setting up an actual business so I pulled one more design out of the sketch book.
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A little sandpaper, dust, primer and clear coat and I've got the first master taking a mold bath.
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My plan is to pour some testers for a river fishing trip I have this weekend.
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If you haven't noticed my mind races when I sit still too long.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #flippingbait #trusttheprocess #neversettle

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.....WE HAVE LABELS.
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This is one more piece to the puzzle of getting my baits into the capable hands of anglers.
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Thank you all for your support as I move forward towards my goal of selling a few baits and seeing you all create new memories.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglures #trusttheprocess #neversettle #labels

I was recently asked "why make a swimbait?" So here is why.
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In this photo you see two things. One is the first ever in my life swimbait that I fished. The other is something that has been on my mind for many years.
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The small shad bait on a ball jig head was a set up given to me by my dad while fishing on Lake Stockton in Missouri at age 3. My family would travel many miles each weekend to this lake for camping and fishing.
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I was recently at the MDA fishing camp helping kids fish and I was questioned on my lack of bobber fishing knowledge.
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The person said how do you not know how to bobber fish I thought you fished all the time?
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My response was that at age two my parents have a picture of me in the back yard casting with a practice plug.
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From there my dad would set me up with basically two rigs. The first was a plastic trailer bait on a Charlie Brewer slider head that I would hop along as I reeled in. The second was this small shad bait. .
When I think back I think he gave me these because even if you just cast and reeled back in you had a chance to catch fish. I didn't realize it at the time but that was my small introduction into Swimbaits.
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Unlike many kids, I never bobber fished because my dad wasn't into that type of fishing.
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Fast forward 27 years, now an avid tournament fisher I couldn't help but get pulled into the swimbait world.
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How can you stay away when the bites are so violent compared to other techniques?
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For as long as I can remember I've always wanted to have my own bait. Not one I got from a mold I purchased but my very own design.
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My swimbait represents all of the things I've talked about and more to me, way more than just plastic.
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#ruggedthumbs #trusttheprocess #neversettle #fishinglures #mystory

@nikki_re13ntless I've been wanting a cool hat to wear for a long time and you delivered.
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What does everyone think of my new hat?
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#ruggedthumbs #neversettle #trusttheprocess #newhat #woodshop

Things got pretty interesting last night sanding on a bait.
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I got tired of the dust so I duct tapped the end of my shop vac to the table.
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For just a little more support a few boards and two clamps.
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It actually worked great.
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#ruggedthumbs #fishinglife #fishinglures #woodworking #bass

I finally have packaging in house @ruggedthumbs 👍🏻👍🏻
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One step closer in the process of getting baits out the door.
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Labels are already ordered and on the way.
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Checking things off the list is a good feeling, not as good as catching a fish on my swimbait though...
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Thank you and I really mean thank you to all of you who have liked, commented, DM'd me, and supported me as I documented my project.
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#ruggedthumbs #bass #fishing #fishinglures #fishinglife

THUMB WAR THURSDAY!!!
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Send me your bass thumb pictures to be featured on THUMB WAR THURSDAY.
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Bass Thumb aka Rugged Thumbs are the oldest fishing lie detector.
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A good day fishing doesn't come with clean thumbs.
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Each Thursday I'll feature a new person.
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#ruggedthumbs #thumbwar #fishing #bass #thethumbsdontlie

Well Rive Largemouth will eat my swimbait.
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Catching fish on this bait never gets old. I love the bites it brings where you think the fish is going to rip the rod out of your hand.
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It had been awhile since I made a cast, glad to see some river fish eat this thing.
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#ruggedthumbs #thethumbsdontlie #fishing #fishinglures #bass

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