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Welcome to the T&C Lures blog! We are a small company out of San Diego, CA that's just starting out. Read on and learn more about T&C and our awesome hand poured plastic baits such as the Swim Grub! In the main page of our blog we will be posting updates on new products, new colors, and plenty of fishing reports from both us and our fans. Also check us out on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2 patterns added

Electric Deen and Roadkill finally added, sorry for the long delay.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bassin For Breast Cancer III

Ok everyone its that time of year again for the T&C Lures Bassin for Breast Cancer fishing contest.  This years contest is not going to be as big as I was hoping for, but every donation counts in the eyes of the Komen foundation, and its a pleasure to help raise some money for them.  So wether I have 3 people enter, or 30 people enter I appreciate it very much!

The contest will be held at Harbor Island near the big parking lot in front of the Hilton Hotel from 9am-11am.  The $5 donation entry will remain the same, and all proceeds will go to the Komen For the Cure Foundation.  I supplied baits and jigheads for the previous contests... but with a really busy schedule and even lack of funds, I will not have any extra time to make anything for this contest.  Therefore, for this years BBC3 contest, any type of bait will be allowed.  So bring your confidence bait! 

I will have a very small raffle at the end of the contest, but will have a very nice grand prize that was donated by a very generous T&C Lures fan named Ron Huber, thanks again for the raffle donation!   For those of you who bring a raffle donation you will receive a coupon good for 1 dozen swimgrubs in my newest pattern that nobody has their hands on yet.  Raffle items do not have to be pricey....  It would be appropriate for them to be fishing related, but not required.  For example I included some movie passes last year, and will probably include some more this year, as well as some T&C Lures bait packages.   Some cheap raffle item examples include: Fishing line(8lb-12lb), leadheads, plastics, towels, fishing tools(needlenose pliers, hemostats, nail clippers etc.), bait scent, storage containers.... you get the picture.  But if you have something else thats non fishing related but feel that its something anyone can use, bring it for the raffle....  Gift cards anywhere, movie passes, dining certificates, hats, shirts, etc. 

Prizes will be given out for:
Most bass caught
Biggest bass(bonus prize if caught with a T&C Lures bait)
-BONUS- Any legal halibut

I cannot keep track of everyones catch, therefore a photo of the fish caught must be taken by a nearby fishing neighbor, or one of my scouts that will be around taking photos.  All photos should be full sized, meaning not just a shot of the fish, I want the angler in the photo also, at least from the waist up.  To qualify for the biggest bass prize, a tape measurement is required as well as a full photo and must have one of my scouts present to verify fish size and angler info so that it can be reported back to me and noted. 

$5 donation entries can either be in cash on contest date, or sent via paypal to tclures@hotmail.com.  To sign up for this charity event, email me at the same email address and type BBC3 in the subject heading.  Please be sure to include your first and last name, as well as any others who may be participating also. 

If you would like to donate something for the Komen foundation or for the raffle but do not with to fish in the contest, please contact me at tclures@hotmail.com.  All donations are welcomed, and appreciated. 

When:  October 27th(postpone date set for November 10th in case of rain) 
Where: Harbor Island big parking lot across from Hilton Hotel
Fee: $5 donation, 100% of proceeds go to Komen For the Cure Foundation

Contest prizes and raffle prizes
Drinks and snacks for participants

EDIT--- A couple things to add:
Anyone 16 or over is required to have a valid California fishing license with ocean enhancement stamp.

This event is from the shoreline only.  No boats, float tubes, or kayaks allowed. 

Some of you just might get to see first glance of the swimbait prototype I have been working on for months. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012


I want to thank everyone for their interest and concerns for the future plans on closing down T&C Lures.  The biggest question I am getting is "When will this happen?"
As if this very moment I am still unclear of a date, everything depends on how the new baits turn out.  It has taken me quite a while to get to the point where I am at with my new bait projects, and am almost to the test stage on my 3rd prototype.  I had inconsistent results with my last design and decided not to move forward with it, and made some changes.  It caught fish and all, but I just wasnt happy with the action it was giving.  This new design I am really crossing my fingers for a good performance.  If it performs flawlessly, then the time T&C Lures will come to an end will be sooner than later.

Another question is "What about the swimgrub?"
Nobody wants to keep the swimgrub available more than I do.  That bait has treated me very well, and is the reason why I started this whole thing in the first place.  I have always found more frequent action on the swimgrubs over other paddletail type swimbaits, so have many others.  They are not better than any other baits out there and they surely arent any worse, but for some they just flat out work better for them and I am one of them.  The problem with keeping the current design of the swimgrub out there, is the fact that I will be starting a new company under another name and do not want to sell the swimgrub with "T&C Lures" still on the tail.  According to Jeremy(the "C" in T&C) it would take a while to make the change, and of course money....  So as of right now, There are a couple options.  One, wait a while for a mold with the new name or logo on the tail to be machined.... Two, a complete redesign of the swimgrub which would be somewhat similar to the current one, but with a couple small cosmetic changes.  I wont state what these changes would be as I dont know which way this one is going to happen, or if it even will at this point.  I would love to just have the logo changed and call it finished, but I am also digging my other ideas as well..

Another question, Will you be seeking out testers for the new stuff?"
For the swimgrub, I had at least 15 people from the border all the way up to Santa Monica fishing with them before I put a new pattern out.  I eventually narrowed it down to 3 people who pretty much fished daily and all over the place.  The conclusion I came up with was that I really didnt need testers in the first place if you have plastics and are fishing wherever there are bass, because they will always get hit.  So for the upcoming venture, I may still hand some of the unavailable patterns off to anyone at anytime, but no testers.

"Will they be available in tackle shops?"
The tackle shops want me to sell them a bundle for 1/2 the price, just to sell them more than what I would sell them for.  Thats the sound of me losing money, or barely breaking even at best.  I will more than likely be doing business the same way as I am now.

"What will the prices be like?"
I hope they are as close to what they are right now, it really depends on how much material it takes me compared to the swimgrubs.  But I cant see it being that much of a difference to be honest.  I am referring to a 3" plastic of course, but if things go my way there will be other sizes of these baits as well, and I dont have a clue how much they would be yet.

"Are you going to keep selling jigheads?"
Yes, I decided to have the shad heads modified a little and made into 4 sizes.  1/4oz, 3/8oz, 1/2oz, and 3/4oz.  These new versions are exact weights, meaning the 1/4oz head is actually 1/4oz including the hook, and the same goes for the others.  The T&C version of the 1/4oz head is actually between 1/4oz and 3/8oz, but it was labeled 1/4oz compared to the size and shape of a hammerhead jighead.
There is good and bad though.....  Good obviously they are in 4 sizes, bad  is the fact that the bigger sizes  were still made with a smaller bait in mind.  The 1/4oz and 3/8oz will share the same 2/0 mustad hook.  The 1/2oz and 3/4oz will share a 3/0 mustad hook, making it appear to have a really short shank.  Basically the bigger sized jigheads will work great on a 4" sized lure, but probably not on anything bigger.
These will not be available with fiberguards, but I may try to do them as custom jobs or something(but would rather not).

"Can you show me what the new stuff looks like?"
LOL...  2nd most popular question so far, but wanted to save for last....  I hear the same thing all the time, I wont show anyone, I wont tell anyone, etc.
Some of the same people said the same thing when I originally told them about my future plans, but it wasnt long before I started getting emails asking whats going on with it...
So, not only NO because I dont currently have an actual bait yet, but NO because it will get spread around. Like I said the internet is very convenient...
When I have something that turns out the way I am expecting it to, I will start posting pictures.  I dont want to show everyone, get them all excited about them just to not put them out in case they dont perform well.  Only one person has seen my newest bait prototype, and only one person has seen my modified jigheads.  If the photos get spread, I will know who opened their mouths lol.

I will keep everyone updated as progress is being made.  If I had to make a guess, it would be between November and the end of the year.  I may be way off, it could be next summer, its just really hard to say.  I cant see it happening before November though.
Most of you know me through one or more of many fishing forums.  Most of you are also previous customers of mine and have my email address, or even phone number.  I am an easy person to get in touch with so if you have any questions please email me at tclures@hotmail.com, call my cell if you have the number, or send me a private message in the forums.

As always thanks for all of your support!

August winner

I hadnt received a contest photo all month until a couple days before the month was over when Jarrett Rosenthal nabbed this 15" spotty on a haloween pattern swimgrub.  If he didnt send me this photo, a giant 7" spotty would have taken the win lol.  Like I mentioned before, you never know....  Send me in your photos :)