Clint Locklear is an accomplished trapper and experienced lure maker with years of lure testing and high volume sales to back up his line of trapping lures and baits. In this DVD, Clint shares some methods, tips and ideas for folks getting started in making their own trapping lures and baits.
This is a 3 hour, two disc DVD filmed in Clint’s fur shed. It’s very scattered and not laser focused on specific topics, but Clint admits that he tends to jump around from topic to topic, so that’s to be expected. He covers dozens of topics, and if you take good notes, you’ll come away with some new and interesting techniques to try.
Here are a few of the topics Clint covers in the video:
-an overview of the different essential oils, flavorings and extracts
-how to preserve glands
-what to use as a base for your lure, and pros and cons of different bases
-ingredients that are proven and tend to work well for certain species
-homemade fish oil recipe
-unique method of pasteurizing urine
-ideas, thoughts and tips on making tinctures
Overall, there is a lot of information covered in this DVD, but you have to pay attention to keep up with it. I watched it all the way through twice, and picked up on a lot more the second time around, with a pen and notepad in hand to jot down different ideas. The video and audio quality is not great, and the lighting is pretty poor, but those are relatively minor aspects of the DVD – the most important part of it is the information shared.
I didn’t see this video as a ‘how to make trapping lure’ step by step. In fact, Clint doesn’t share any specific lure and bait formulas. Instead, he covers the topics of lure and bait making broadly, and encourages you to test out and try different formulas for yourself. If you’re looking for more in-depth lure making methods and formulas, I’d recommend Kellen Kaatz’ “In the Lure Room” and “Cracking the Code”.
It can be pretty boring to watch a lure and bait making DVD, and Clint tries to mix things up a bit and add some short clips of animal catches and music, but I didn’t think it was really necessary. For good information, I’ll put up with boring and pass on the entertainment for a while. There was also an advertisement for dog proof traps in the middle of the video, which I thought was kind of odd to see in a DVD I paid $50 for.
So, the bottom line is, is the DVD worth buying? If you’re looking for a step by step lure making tutorial, it’s not that. But if you want to expand on your knowledge of lure and bait making, this is definitely a must-have DVD. There are only a small handful of lure and bait making resources out there, and this one is a great complement to the material provided by Nick Wyshinski, Kellen Kaatz, Russ Carman and Johnny Thorpe. Clint shares a few ideas here that are certainly worth the cost of the DVD if you put them to good use.
Clint Locklear deserves credit for putting out information in the secretive world of trapping lure and bait making, and I respect the way he walks the fine line of sharing information and not revealing trade secrets. This is a great addition to a beginning lure maker’s library.