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Lure Love Podcast

Lure Love Podcast

Two fishing fanatics and the Lure-Matic Computer answering the age-old question, "Why buy one fishing lure when you can buy 103?"

Jan. 25, 2022

Al’s Goldfish, a $14,000 lure, and just what color is Gitter Done?

It's the 70th anniversary of Al's Goldfish Lures, and John and Lucy chat with the owners of Al's, Jeff and Mandy DeBuigne. There's talk of creating a 27-foot-long lure-mobile; a lure sells at auction for $14,000; Daiwa creates new tackle storage bags; and more!

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Jan. 11, 2022

Water-skiing squirrel buzz baits, Wisconsin fishing lures & lure research updates

The water-skiing squirrel shares the life of a rodent buzz bait; Lucy talks about Wisconsin lure history, including the Suick Thriller and Uncle Josh pork baits; and Tim and John chat about two research articles from In-Fisherman magazine, plus much more!

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Dec. 28, 2021

The past, the future and a Z-Man Elaztech update

John and Tim learn Lucy the Lure-matic Computer's origin story; the gang reviews episodes from the past year; after 12 months of fishing Z-Man Elaztech baits, John and Tim give their verdict; ChordaWorm Lures and more!

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Dec. 11, 2021

Lure Love Christmas party!

John, Tim and Lucy celebrate Christmas like never before, with several rounds of Lucy's Dr. Pepper Avocado Catfish Dip Nog, a lure trivia contest, the history of red and white lures, several Christmas songs, how not to decorate your tree, and more!

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About the Hosts

Tim "Tackle Box" Bete

Co-host, Chief Product Reviewer, Snag Master

Award-winning outdoor writer Tim Bete (pronounced “beet”) began his fishing adventures in western Massachusetts and Cape Cod but now lives in Ohio. He is the author of four books, including Guide to Pirate Parenting, which includes sage advice on how to get gum or a giant octopus out of your child’s hair and how to convert your minivan into a pirate schooner.

In addition to his books, Tim’s writing has appeared in Tenkara Angler magazine, Outdoor Lore, the Christian Science Monitor, Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, and many regional magazines and newspapers. He is also creator of the Dink Caster Comic Strip, which follows one man’s obsession with fishing.
 
Tim set the World record for the longest Mad Lib, which as a fishing fanatic was appropriately based on the book Moby Dick. (Tim is well aware that a whale is not a fish but when he created the Mad Lib, the book Old Man and the Sea was not in the public domain and nothing spoils a day of fishing more than an intellectual property lawsuit—so Tim settled for a whale. Old Man and the Sea features a large marlin, which is a fish. A small marlin is also a fish.)
 
When he’s not fishing, Tim’s hobbies include pushing his luck and skating on thin ice—although he prefers fishing on thin ice to skating on it.

Lucy the Lure-Matic Computer

Co-host, Supercomputer, Chief Technology Officer

Lucy the Lure-Matic Computer is a state-of-the-art supercomputer and the brains behind the Lure Love Podcast. When not chatting with John and Tim (who she calls "fleshed-based fishing dudes"), Lucy's hobbies include controlling NASA's Mars Rover, playing a million games of Tetris at the same time and calculating pi to a quadrillion places. Her favorite movies include 2001: A Space Odyssey, War Games and The Matrix. Lucy also enjoys watching you through random traffic and security cameras into which she hacks.

John "Crappie Hippie" King

Co-host, Chief Lure Designer, Jig Savant

John King (aka Crappie Hippie) is owner of Glasswater Angling, a company that designs, manufactures and sells lead- free fishing tackle, including the infamous Crappie Dueller. He caught his first fish at the age of three--a big, stiff-necked, slab crappie--and have been after ’em ever since.

John lives in eastern Kansas in an old stone house built in 1857. It is the oldest continuously lived-in residence in Johnson County. He is considered by many as a lead-free lure pioneer.