BW – So how old were you when you carved your first wood lure? KB – I made my first wooden lures when I was in high school. They were topwater baits that I made out of dowels and they were pretty basic. But that’s where I really started to learn the art of painting and how to use an airbrush. I made baits like that through high school but gave it up when I went to college.
BW – Did you continue to fish through college or did you give that up to? KB – No, I continued to fish but at that time I got hooked on saltwater fly fishing and placated my need for art by learning to tie flies. It’s just another part of my journey that got me to where I am today. In fact all of the feathered trebles we use on our lures are hand tied by me.
BW – When did you get back into bass fishing and making lures? KB – That happened right after college – around the 94/95 timeframe. Once I got out of school I took my fishing to a different level. I was fishing nearly every day and also compet- ing in a lot of tournaments. Then in 97 I got married and moved back to Raleigh, NC. That’s when the art of fishing and bait making really came together for me. At that same time, local anglers started winning some local tournaments on baits that I had repainted in local colors and the word got out. That’s what started my paint business.