Usually my husband and the kids went fishing. They were so excited to have me go this time. They instructed me to pick a lure from the box of lures and then they got it all set on my line for me. Soon all four of us had different colors on our lines.
Then I started asking questions. Does the color of the lure matter? How come the blue and white one my son had was catching everything and mine wasn't? I had tons of questions that the kids patiently answered each one. It didn't take long to realize there was a whole science to this that they were already acutely aware of and I was fascinated how much they knew at their ages and their passion to teach me what had been taught to them.
We fished for hours that day and we ended up losing 3-4 of our lures in the weeds. I'm sure I lost at least one of those getting my line snagged. I mentioned that we had to go buy more since we didn't have many lures left in my husband's tackle box to choose from.
That's when the kids said "I think we could make our own."
"How do you even make them? You paint them?"
" Yes! Mom will you let us paint them?"
"I don't see why not. I like this idea! We definitely need more."
"Mom if we get good can we start a lure business and sell them?"
I remember that I couldn't help but smile at how excited they were at this idea.
"Well..yeah sure but they will have to be really good before we could ever sell them!"
Next came days and days of watching how-to YouTube videos and research by my little engineer son and weeks of painting and practicing airbrushing. They spent hours mastering that snell knot. More hours spent on the palomar knot. Days spent "quality control" fishing with their lures to check their hard coat and finish.
These two kids, at 9 and 11, started their own business from literally the weeds up.
That is how a simple family fishing trip became a family business: Reel Cool Lures
They have branched out to making beautiful jewelry and the lures--well the lures- they just keep getting better! Please look around our site and let us know if you have any questions!
-Janna, the Reel Cool Kids Mom
*PS. The picture is our son holding his first ever limit that he caught the first time he tested his own lures.