#396, "RE: Just Curious Why the 3:16 is so EXPENSIVE!" In response to Reply # 0
Making an original plus all the testing and fine tunning takes a ton of time. Then you have to make molds and figure out how to produce them. It also has a very good looking paint job. I have to give Mickey props, It looks real good and I think the price is not unreasonable. If you think its not that hard to make, than make one and then see how much you want to sell it for. Do you remember when he first started talking about that bait? Its been a long time and he finaly got it were it is now so even if it only takes him a few hours to make(only guessing on time) one you have to figure the year or two he spent perfecting it is worth the price. As far as being made of plastic goes. I would much rather have plastic than wood. it holds paint better and is much more durable and cosistant. I am not shure but I bet it is a solid plastic synthetic typ material not a hollow cheap type bait.
#397, "RE: Just Curious Why the 3:16 is so EXPENSIVE!" In response to Reply # 1
I do agree that it is a nice looking bait and probably a great fish catcher but how many people are going to throw a 250.00 lure? For any more than 80.00 I would expect a completley hand crafted lure. You would think since it is just injection molded that they would want to sell the a bait cheaper and sell a bunch of them and have a ton of big bass cought on them. No doubt it is a nice lure or else I would not have even been checking it out. On this note has anyone used one I am kinda curious to what the action is like and if the skin type paint job is durable?
#405, "RE: Just Curious Why the 3:16 is so EXPENSIVE!" In response to Reply # 2
As far as making money I was told that Mickey makes all of his money selling to Japan. he makes them buy something like thirty baits at a time for the same price that he is asking here. So making money in So. Cal is no big deal to him. So if people want one they are going to pay whatever he wants.
As far as durability goes, does anyone that has one of the baits really think that they won’t break if they hit something hard? I have one and I'm scared to death to throw it. All I can think about is it shattering. And being so cold now in the mornings I think that it is really brittle. It is a killer bait being plastic but I don't worry about breaking wooden plugs. You guys all know that sometimes you have to bounce your plug off of something to get it into the sweet spot. And don't take it the wrong way I give props to Mickey He has put a lot of time into them and it shows.If I thought that they were no good I wouldn't have bought one.
#406, "RE: Just Curious Why the 3:16 is so EXPENSIVE!" In response to Reply # 3
I guess if the people of japan pay 50 bucks for a bag of oranges they'll pay 250 for some plastic.He will never make decent sales here in the states with that type of gouging,even if it is a sick bait.I'll wait til someone copies it for half the price and then i'll get one just like it.I really like all the other 3;16 baits and throw then all the time but that 1 is way outta my price range.. brian
#417, "RE: Just Curious Why the 3:16 is so EXPENSIVE!" In response to Reply # 6
Well I know for a fact that in testing we've had 10+ fish over 10 pounds including a 14. I have been fishing with his hard baits for about a year and have had no problem with the finish coming off. This bait was designed for pro's. It is not a bait for an amatuer to go and bounce off of rocks if you know what I mean. All I have to say it get used to the high prices guys I garuntee this is where the industry is heading...just look at cars. 10 years ago you could buy a stripped down Toyota pick up for under 10K. Now you'll be lucky to find one for under 17K. Matt hit this one on the head about the testing and building. THE BAIT WORKS!! I took one of my friends out who hardly ever throws swim baits and he missed 3 and stuck a 6 pounder. So if my donkey friend can go and catch a fish on it then why can't anyone else. So everyone can whine and complain about the price and that's fine, you are entitled to your opinion. But like I said there is a trend in the tackle industry to push the limits and the prices are going up. SO QUIT WHINING AND GO FISHING!!
#419, "RE: Just Curious Why the 3:16 is so EXPENSIVE!" In response to Reply # 8
Lets just say that some people are idiots and want to jack up prices on baits because they can! Just because someone cant aford a 250.00 bait does not mean there and "amature" it just means there using common sense not to waste there money. I am sure lucky craft will come out w/ something that looks just as good probaly better and they will only charge 50.0 If you think about it this bait is just a big crankbait 3:16 probably only pays a few bucks to get it made, if it was handcrafted out of wood carved one at a time I could understand the high price. I would be willing to bet that the mold for this lure does not cost 250.0
#420, "RE: Just Curious Why the 3:16 is so EXPENSIVE!" In response to Reply # 8
it's 10.5 inches long and weighs about 6-7 ounces (I've never weighed it) It is a waking bait and has an awesome walk action on the surface with slight twitches of the rod tip. It swims good but it's action is really good on the surface. I personally have caught over 20 fish on mine biggest 11.2, smallest 10" But if you are serious about catching big fish it's definately a bait for the box.