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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, October 31, 2012

Thank you!

I just wanted to thank everyone who showed up for the BBC3 contest, and also give another thanks to those who donated in anyway from near and far away.

I am not sure why the turnout was so small, but we still had a decent raffle anyhow :)

Congratulations to Joel(aka fishing4hali) for winning that beautiful custom spinning rod that Len wrapped and donated.  Also congratulations to Greg K(aka frombigisland) for winning the $100 gift certificate to Pt. Loma Sportfishing that was donated by Ron Huber.

Friday, October 26, 2012

An unexpected change of plans.....

I was just informed that my mother is losing her place, and will more than likely not be living where she is at past the 15th of November.  How does this effect me?  My moms place is where I make everything at.  Baits, jigheads, and molds....  I am not able to make anything at my current place for certain reasons that I will not really go into, its just way easier and more convenient for me to do everything at her place.  This puts me in a tough position to move forward with anything to do with bait making.  As of right now I have to deal with finding a new place to continue doing what I do.  I am not really sure how long it will take.

Since I have been trying to fade out of T&C and bring in the new company, I will not reopen under T&C Lures, it will be under the new company name.  Before today, the soonest I seen that happening was maybe the turn of the new year.  But that was with my previous complications of bait designing, schedule, and life happenings.  Not having a place to make anything is just going to push it out further, unless I can find somewhere else to make everything soon.  

Even though I expected to shut down T&C, I surely didnt expect it to go down like this.  I expected to shut it down one day, and reopen a new the next.  Not close it one day and reopen months later....  This is not something I am very happy about, but at the same time, a little downtime will give me some time to get things in order on a personal level.  So many things are happening in my life aside from the bait world that makes temporarily haulting the bait business not seem that big of a deal.  I hope to find solutions to all the issues that have presented themselves to me in the recent weeks, especially this new one.

I will be keeping T&C Lures operational until November 6th.  If you plan on making any orders, please keep in mind it may take me a couple extra days to complete orders as several people have expressed wanting to make a final order of T&C products before the shut down.  I would need to have all orders completed by November 9th since I will be spending a lot of time moving stuff after that.  If the orders get out of hand to the point where I know I wont be able to complete them and still have time to help my mom move out, I will notify you via email, and refund your payment.  Please know that its definitely a likely scenario.  As always, I will make the orders in the order received/paid for.

I am sorry to put such an abrupt stop to things, believe me I am still shocked over it.  I will not take the blog offline since this is where I will be updating any forward progress that I make as far as starting the new company goes.

I am not a big social media kind of person, I have always hated facebook lol, so you will not find any updates there.  For those that do not know, I can be found on some of the fishing forums that a lot of people frequent.
www.sdfish.com  (username- dj thrillz)
www.scsurffishing (username- staylor)
www.oceanicangler.com (username- T&C Lures)

There are other forums some of you have bumped into me on, but the three mentioned ones are the main ones I post on.
You can still send me emails on tclures@hotmail.com.  Even after I start the new company I will still keep this email address(I will have a new one of course too).
Those of you who know my cell number, dont be afraid to use it.  Those who want to aquire it, just send me an email, its attached to my signature ;)

I cant wait to start the new company, I hope its sooner rather than later.  Hopefully all of you will check in and stay updated on whats going on.  Hopefully you all become fans of the new company also.  Remember, the swimgrub will still be available once its underway.

And YES, we are still on for BBC3!!!  I hope to see a lot of you out there :)

I want to thank all of you for supporting T&C Lures.

Kevin Taylor

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Update: T&C Lures, and a side view sneek peek :)

So it looks like T&C Lures will remain operational until at least the end of the year.  A couple of things have kept me from moving forward, both on the personal side, and the bait side. 

This week, I am testing my larger swimbaits.  They are very wide....  I like them, but they will require so much plastic for each one it may not be worth it to sell them unless I put a high price on them, and I dont really want to do that....  But we will see how they do.  I did a quick pour of each size for your viewing pleasure ;)

Not the greatest looking pours, or the greatest looking photo, but you have a better idea of how they look now.  I call them "Tubbo's" and the sizes in the photo are 5", 4", and 3". 

I have 3 prototypes finished but not molded.  After the molds are made, baits are poured and tested.  If they are satisfactory(to me) then I will post some pics.  If they are not, then its modification time all over again. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Report/News: A great week of spotty fishing :)

I think I fished more in the last week and a half than the last month and a half combined.  Let me tell you, it sure felt good to find some consistency out there.  Summertime fishing for me isnt normally that great anyhow, but this year was the worst out of all the years that I have been logging my outings.  With limited time for fishing, I am limited to fishing only a few areas to take advantage of the time that I do have.  On 9-28-12, I took my nephew out and we got into some bass in SD Bay.  I caught 14 spotties and he caught 10 spotties.  Last Sunday(9-30-12) I was able to get on the tube for a couple hours.  I fished in SD Bay and caught 21 spotties and a corvina.  The next day I was out for about 30 minutes and found 3 decent bass in MB.  Tuesdays sesh was short but sweet, about 20 minutes in MB for 1 bass.  Wednesday I was able to leave work early and hit one of my favorite stretches of MB for 4 nice spotties in about 2 hours.  Thursday I was back in SD Bay for about 25 minutes for 5 spotties and a lizardfish.  Let me just say that I am so excited to not have a ton of lizardfish attacking my baits anymore, its like as if they have disappeared all of a sudden....  Friday I hit the tube for a couple hours in SD Bay but only caught 9 micro bass.  Yesterday, I went back to SD Bay for some more action and finished with 15 spotties and a corvina.  I woke up a tad late this morning and rushed out the door and hit the same grounds where the action has been almost nonstop, and again it did not fail me.  Finished with 31 spotties in about 2.5 hours.  From June-mid September I have barely logged about 20 spotties(mostly due to all the surf fishing I was doing this year) but when I did fish for bass it was really slow.  Since 9-28-12 I have caught 103 spotties, 2 corvina, and a lizardfish.  A nice change of pace for sure.  Most the fish were caught in SD bay, but a lot of them were sub-legal.  Every fish I caught in MB was legalish or better.  Anything with orange in it was getting bit for the most part.  In SD Bay, I used a modified xmas oil pattern(put an orange belly in it) and it slayed....  I used 3 styles of baits: swimgrubs, curly shrimp pours, and my new swimbaits. 
Bonito....  I have only seen a few bonito in SD Bay following my bait, never hooked up to any.  Havent heard of any reports of them inside the bays, but I know they have been roaming around Ocean Beach Pier, Imperial Beach Pier, and at the end of the jetty (Dog Beach side) near the channel entrance.  The ones at OB have been small, about 12"-14".  In IB, there were reports of them being a lot bigger. Guess its a slow year for them too.
Bigger migratory sand bass should start to move into SD Bay pretty soon.  Xing fingers ;)

Good news.....  Looks like once I start the other bait business I will still be selling the swimgrubs.  Wasnt sure if I was going to redesign it, keep it the same, or even sell it at all but as of right now it will still be available :)  A slight change was made, instead of a 5" calikiller, there will be a 4" swimgrub.  The 3" swimgrub was scaled up to 4", so the body of the 4" is actually a little wider than the body of the 5" calikiller.  I used it already and it works just fine, I actually like it better then the 5" version.  There will not be a 5" swimgrub available under the new company name.
Most of you know I have a 3" swimbait already completed and tested.  Some of you got to see some teaser photos on the T&C facebook page.  I also scaled this particular bait up to 4", and 5".  I am finding that a full scale is not the proper way to make the baits bigger, but whats done is done.  I have not tested the larger sized swimbaits yet, and am not sure if they will be available, but the 3" swimbaits will be. 
I am in the process of creating a simple worm for fishing weedbeds, and I am also working on yet another swimbait design.  I put the craw design on the shelf for now until the other projects are completed.  But you can expect to see one in the future, the craw bait will be mainly for pitching near docks and rocks. 

BBC3:  Dont forget to sign up for our Bassin for Breast Cancer III contest, the information on this is a few posts down :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

September winner!

After Kaleo K. lost her favorite luckycraft hardbait(my condolences...), she switched to the trusty 3" black widow swimgrub and nabbed this 19" halibut.  She is our September winner :)

Like August, I only had a few entries again for September.  Thanks for those of you who submitted photos, your odds have increased with the decrease of other entries.  I was getting 20-40 entries per month until I made the "future of T&C" announcement lol.  Not sure if people just arent using the swimgrubs or not fishing at all, but like I said your odds are better than they were, so send in them photos :)