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BW – How do you come up with your baits? Are they designed from thoughts you have or from your pro-staffers? KB – It’s a little of both. For ex- ample, the Water Scorpion is Jeffrey Thomas’ signature bait. He wanted a true wake bait and there aren’t many companies that actually produce a true wake bait in plastic or wood. That bait took me a year-and-a-half to develop correctly. Now it’s one of our top-selling lures. The IKON, on the other hand, was a bait I started drawing back in 2003. I wanted to make a crank that wasn’t a cookie-cutter of every other fat-bodied crank. I wanted it to have detail but still run like the old shallow runners of the old days. It took me 3-1/2 years to get it right. Its introduction just happened to coincide with the addition of Mike to the pro-staff. The cool thing about that is Mike and my fishing styles are very similar. We both like to powerfish in shallow water and throw shallow cranks.

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BW – You mentioned Jeffrey and Ike, do you have any other big-name pro-staffers? KB – Jeffrey was our first pro-staffer and in 2005 we added Randy Howell to the company. The addition of Randy has been great and as soon as he came on board, we really started to get a lot more exposure.

BW – If not ideas from your pro-staff, what is your method for coming up with new baits or ideas?

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