Rusty Jessee Chat
I've been talking with lure crafters and folks that like to fish recently to learn more about fish lures. Our customers are our best teachers and are happy to share their knowledge and experience with us and our readers.
I had a conversation recently with Rusty Jessee from Illinois. He is a lure maker and was invited to make a set of lures for the National Tackle Collectors Club
and the Florida Collectors Club
. He talked about making lures, fishing, and shared his favorite fish recipe with us
. Here's some of the highlights of our conversation.
Q: I was wondering How you got started making fishing lures?
RJ: I live 30 miles from Lake Michigan. I fished when I was a kid. My Dad taught me. I had to collect all the new rods and reels that came out when I was growing up. Ten years ago I bought some antique lures to put on my wall for decoration. I started collecting the old lures. I collected the Strawberry Spot Lures and had every lure in that color. I wanted to paint my own lures. I bought a lathe, band saw and other tools and started making them to paint. I thought they looked great and then people wanted to buy them from me.
Photos of Rusty Jessee's Workshop
Q: What kind of materials do you like to use in your lures and what types of lures do you like to make?
I make my lure using wood. Mostly Northern White Cedar just like lure makers did 100 years ago. I have over 300 different colors that I use for painting the lures. I use your Glass Lure Eyes
and the hooks and propellers made of various metals. I make about 12 to 15 different styles. My personal favorite is the Heddon 150.
White Scale Crab and Minnow by Rusty Jessee
Q: Do you sell your lures on a website or at shows?
- Temple, Texas
- Effingham, Illinois
- Pidgeon Forge, Tennessee
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I also sell on eBay under the seller ID Killerbaits
. I have a mailing list from past buyers. I run specials every few months and send out a blast e-mail to alert past buyers in case they want to add to their collection. Click here to view Killerbaits eBay Shop
Q: Where do you like to go fishing now and what is your favorite lure to use?
RJ: I like Salmon fishing in Lake Michigan. I use lures that I make and I also purchase and try other lures. The lures that Salmon seem to like most are the Spoons. I also love to fish for Stripers. I caught a 60 pound Striper in Tennessee. You'll also find good Striper fishing in the Carolinas.
I love to cook and eat fresh fish too. One of my favorite recipes is Pistachio Salmon Al a Orange Sauce. Make this recipe accompanied with Parslied Potatoes and your favorite vegetable. If you like wine; serve it with a Beautiful California Chardonnay and Share with only Loved Ones.
Coat Fresh Salmon with Olive Oil
Coat with Pistachio's
Bake 4 to 6 minutes per inch thickness
Al a Orange Sauce
Melt 1 TBSP Butter and Blend in 1 TBSP Flour
Cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes
Add 3/4 tsp Orange Zest
Add 1/2 cup chicken stock
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup condensed milk or cream
cook until thickened
Pour over Baked Salmon
Sprinkle some Orange Zest over the Salmon and Sauce
Garnish with Basil Leaves and Orange Slice
Accompany with Parslied Potatoes and Favorite Vege
Serve with a Beautiful California Chardonnay
Share with only Loved Ones.
Click here to download a copy of the Rusty Jessee's Recipe
Musky Dan Chat
We also had a chat with Musky Dan a couple weeks ago and he told us all about how he started making Lures. He even told us where his favorite fishing spot is! He is a lure maker that focuses on vintage style lures. He likes to create musky sized versions of the old school type lures, however he does make regular sized lures as well. You can check out his eBay shop custom.musky.lures
Don't forget to read the whole conversation on our blog, its an interesting read.