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Brians Bees History

Brians Bee History


Here’s a little more back ground on why my baits are manufactured in the way that they are and how the research has noticeably changed the manufacturing process of “ brianscrankbaits”. I have tried to meet as many of the actual needs for the fish to be attracted to my baits. From the lateral line vibes, to sight, to hearing and sound like the below information was compiled for your use. Brains Bees are truly hand made and hand sanded. Every step in the manufacturing process is intended to add to the effectiveness of my baits. A visit to my shop would generously assist you would understand why these baits have an extra cost above and beyond what is incurred when making purchases from a typical retailer. Since most of those who are reading this will not be able to make such a visit, I am putting together a series of pictures of the process and introducing a new web page called “Inside My Shop”. I hope this will ably serve in gaining a clearer understanding of the intense attention to detail that goes into every step of the manufacturing process. 

There are many variables that make a bait productive. Size, shape, weights, rattles, construction material, the list goes on and on. Having said all this, the primary attribute of a bait is COLOR. Now this brings us to the paint. The colors are mixed for color enhancement unseen to the human eye. I have an Associate degree in commercial art and A bachelor in mechanical engineering and have been working on color development for 20 years. I have spent many hours on the water following bait and watching its habit and reaction to sun light (ultraviolet), clouds, stained water, clear water, etc. My color chart has been developed based on these conditions. Through research, color development and a lot of trials and error, I have found 4 basic colors that are incorporated on all my baits. Whether the colors are prevalent or hidden, the fish’s ability to see them is very great! I produce baits for use all over the United States and as far away as Japan, so the color chart is very extensive. I would recommend that you make your selections with an effort to match your lake’s bait or latest hatch. All of the colors I have developed are based on the food chain of a bass; matching the Shads, blue herring, craw dads, and bait fish such as Bream, Sun Fish, and minnows is the ultimate goal. Now that I have gone into detail on the design I will be giving a history lesson, or should I say a biology lesson, on the actual anatomy of a fish (green head). Read thoroughly and apply this information when making selections from the color chart..  



 The lateral line system found in many fishes (Green Heads) and in some aquatic amphibians is sensitive to differences in water pressure. These differences may be as a consequence of changes in depth or to the current like waves caused by approaching objects. The basic sensory unit of the lateral line system is the neuromast, which is a bundle of sensory and supporting cells whose projecting hairs are encased in a gelatinous cap. The Neuromast continuously send out trains of nerve impulses. When pressure waves cause the gelatinous caps of the neuromast to move, bending the enclosed hairs, the frequency of the nerve impulses is either increased or decreased, depending on the direction of bending.
Neuromast may occur singly, in small groups called pit organs, or in rows within grooves or canals, when they are referred to as the lateral line system. The lateral line system runs along the sides of the body onto the head, where it divides into three branches, two to the snout and one to the lower jaw.
A swimming fish sets up a pressure wave in the water which is detectable by the lateral line systems of other fishes. It also sets up a bow wave in front of itself, the pressure of which is higher than that of the wave flow along its sides. These near-field differences are registered by its own lateral line system. As the fish approaches an object, such as a rock or the glass wall of an aquarium, the pressure waves around its body are distorted, and these changes are quickly detected by the lateral line system, enabling the fish to swerve or to take other suitable actions. Because vibrations in the water caused by sounding voices are waves of pressure, the lateral line system is also able to detect very low-frequency sounds of 100 Hz or less.

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