Custom Painted Hard Baits: Do They Make a Difference?

By Chris Mason

Customizing baits and tackle is something serious anglers have been doing to gain an edge since the advent of the first lure.  Having your hard baits, such as crank baits, jerk baits and swimbaits custom painted has gained a lot of momentum in the last 2 years or so.   With the rise in popularity of Facebook, we’re now able to see those who are painting lures, pouring worms and inventing cool new gadgets for our beloved sport.  There’s good and bad in that. Some think it’s cool to see all of the trick stuff that you can get, while some don’t want their “secrets” out and give up that edge.  Do they really give you an edge? Here is my take on it.


There are those who think that those type of hard baits are purely reaction baits. One might argue that since the fish is just “reacting” to the bait and biting it purely out of  predatory instinct, that the color doesn’t really matter. I don’t disagree with that point, but I also think it’s a matter of timing. For example, just because you caught fish one day on three different colored crank baits, may not mean that color doesn’t matter. There are times when bass are simply “on the chew” and would have probably eaten any number of reaction baits.  Conversely, what do you do on days where the water is clear, there is a lot of pressure or the fish just don’t seem to cooperate?  Let’s all bear in mind that bass are a catch and release species at most of our impoundments and even where they can be legally taken, most avid bass fishermen still release the fish. Therefore, the greater portion of the bass population has seen roughly the same patterns and colors of lures for most of their lives.


I am one of the believers in the theory that the bass become conditioned. In a book written by Dr. Keith Jones, his studies revealed that bass “remember negative experiences with lures for 3 months, and maybe longer”.  Another 4 year study conducted inIllinois, documented the recapture rate of Largemouth Bass.  The average bass was caught twice each season, but some bass were caught up to 16 times in a single season.  Both of these studies showed me that I need to be creative and attempt to show the bass in my area something new and that does not have a negative memory associated with it.  This was my personal basis for “buying into” the theory of using colors and lures that could not be found on the shelves of a tackle shop.


There are many painters out there, but I have been exclusively using Paul Smith from Pizz Customs. His color patterns are creative and his realistic FX Series have fooled some of the toughest fish for me.  Here are some of the general rules I follow when selecting colors and types of custom paint on my hard baits. When the scenario calls for “Matching the Hatch”, I select an FX Series lure colors because it looks more like a real Bluegill or Threadfin Shad. When the water is clear, I select “Ghost” colors or translucent colors to help fool the bass into biting. When the water is stained, I select brighter colors and patterns like white, chartreuse, orange, etc. When the weather is overcast or dark out (I.E. night), I use dark colors like blue or black.  In low-light conditions, the fish see the silhouette or outline of a bait much more clear with a dark colored bait.


So, why not try something new and formulate your own opinion.  Come on, we all know that having some cool looking baits that your friends and fishing partners don’t have is never bad!

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Bass Fishing Gear: Total Eclipse Sports Utility Mask Promotion

Promotion on our Total Eclipse (sports utility mask)! Started as bass fishing gear and now used for much more! If you can ride it, you can wear it!


Save Phace is giving 40% off of the Total Eclipse mask!

That Phantasic code will be good through May 31, 2012.

So all you need to do is:

1.)   Like us on Facebook.

2.)   Use Promo Code: Total40

3.)   Head to the Save Phace website and take care of business!

The Total Eclipse SUM is just that — A Sports Utility Mask.  It is not a tactical mask and is not to be used for anything tactical related (Airsoft, Paintball, etc.).   Say good-bye to watery eyes, frigid faces, and the ringing in your ears from the cold while you’re hauling ass! Use this badass mask as bass fishing gear and while you’re out on your boats, ATVs, Sand Rails, motorcycles, jet skis, and dune-buggies.  If you can ride it, you should wear it!

Give us a call 800-989-1975 X.3 for anything and everything Save Phace! For more chances to WIN, check out our FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn pages, and for sick videos, head to our YouTube Channel!

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Save Phace Deploys New Welding Gear

welding-gearYou asked for it, and now we’re delivering. The Save Phace community has been lighting up Twitter and Facebook with requests for a hardhat adapter for your Extreme Face Protectors, and now you can finally weld in the added comfort and safety provided by our new welding gear.

If you’re a welder and you don’t have an EFP of your own, you’re missing out on the best that welding helmets have to offer. The EFP boasts the largest viewing area and smallest profile of any mask on the market, letting you get into tighter spaces for extra precision. It’s also more formfitting than any other mask on the market, keeping you cooler and safer when the arcs start to fire.

The super-tough ABS material that our EFPs are made of withstands anything you can throw at it (literally), and it’s been ANSI and CE certified for added assurance that’s just as important as the comfort of your face. These masks provide a 9-point adjustment halo and, since we know time is money, we made it so that the lenses can be changed in just 15 seconds.

One thing we didn’t give you, though, is the ability to wear your mask in tandem with a hardhat. To atone and to let you know that we take your requests to heart, we’re introducing an attachment for just such a purpose. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, you can get the attachment custom airbrushed by our professional artists so that it matches the sweet decals on your mask.

It’s like a birthday for welders. Coming soon….Our new lineup of welding gear will turn heads, drop jaws, and save your face more than any other mask in the world. If you want more information on the EFP, check out this blog, and remember to keep talking with us on Twitter and Facebook—we listen, and we’ve got the welding gear to prove it.

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Best Face Protection Mask | When the Winds of Change Blow, better have a Save Phace

Best Face Protection Mask  

Another bad-ass story of why you should never leave home without your Save Phace mask, courtesy of Cody Sullivan, a Phan of all things Save Phace!

best-face-protection-maskI was at Table Rock Lake for the EverStart Central Division event in February when the tornado came through Kimberling Inn Resort in Kimberling City, Mo. It was about 1:15 a.m. when I heard debris being thrown up against our room. Although it felt much longer, it was all over in about ten seconds.

I stepped outside to look at the damage; it was like a bomb had gone off in the parking lot. Stairs had been detached from the hotel’s exterior, railings fell off the third floor, almost every window in the hotel was shattered and many doors were blown in.

After getting over the shock of it all, I assessed the damage done to my truck and boat. Aside from the many blown out windows, there was a piece of three-quarter-inch plywood that was thrown through the windshield and ended up lodged into the dash of the truck.

After hours of picking through debris and collecting and situating all my gear, we were finally ready to get our replacement windshield. There was only one problem: in order to get the windshield, we would have to travel to Branson, Mo., which had also just gotten hit by a tornado. With help from local guide Mike Webb, we cut out what was left of the busted windshield; however, we were unable to get the plywood out of the dash for safety and functional reasons.

The inside of the truck was covered in glass shards. In order to make it to Branson without risking getting glass in my eyes, I needed to wear something to protect my face. I scrolled through some options in my head until I realized I had a great face mask to wear. I pulled out my Save Phace and hit the road. It wasn’t so much the wind and the pelting bugs that were the problem, but the loose glass flying around the inside of my truck. My Save Phace kept my face perfectly protected from all the dangerous elements of my drive. Without my Save Phace mask, I could not have made it all the way to Branson safely. My Save Phace mask really saved the day, getting to Branson for that replacement windshield, which made it possible for me to return home to Champaign, Ill., without a scratch.

Best Face Protection Mask for adrenaline junkies! Save Phace tactical, SUM, and welding masks with sick graphics! To check out all things Save Phace, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.  View some of our sick videos full of information, subscribe to YouTube Channel.

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Types of Airsoft Guns – Part 2

airsoft-gunsThere is a wide variety of airsoft guns from which to choose, and the list is so long we had to divide it into two parts. This is Part 2, in which we go over some other common varieties. In case you missed Part 1, read it here.

Electric Blowbacks

If you’re looking to replicate the feeling of firing a real gun but want to steer clear of the cost of filling up a gas cartridge these babies are exactly what you’re looking for. These typically run on a rechargeable 9-volt battery and give the shooter a bit of a kick when fired. Although they can come in an automatic gun, most are semi-auto rifles due to the stress the blowback puts on the gun’s gearbox. The battery is also more quickly depleted in this category of gun.

Mini Electrics

True to their name, these guns are small and quick. They don’t stack up to full-size electrics in standard combat due to their inaccuracy at long range, but they are sometimes used as a sidearm in lieu of a standard spring-loaded pistol. At short range, these guns can pack a punch and are sometimes seen in competitive play for this purpose.

Automatic Electric Pistols

Another good choice for a sidearm, auto electric pistols are a good choice in cold-weather environments since CO2 underperforms in frigid temperatures. Again, they are mostly useful in close-range due to their rapid-fire capabilities and maneuverability.

Training Weapons

The most realistic type of airsoft gun, these are used to train military and law enforcement officials and are made of high-quality aluminum to simulate the weight of an everyday weapon. Their strength, stability, and ease of maintenance makes them a great choice for those looking for a realistic adaptation of the real thing.


A common alternative to electric guns, gas-powered airsoft guns can run on a variety of gases and tend to be more common in high-end, competitive pistols where the compact size makes an electric firing mechanism unfeasible. The only real issues with these guns are cold-weather situations and the need to fill the air tanks. The former greatly decreases the effectiveness of gas, sometimes halving muzzle velocity and only allowing for a few shots, and the latter can cost a good chunk of money unless you have a pump at home. Still, these weapons are a common choice in competitive play and give the shooter some of the kick of a real weapon.

Classic Guns

Classic guns are renowned for their collector’s value and, depending on the make, can be some of the best guns around. Although they typically cost more than their electric counterparts, these guns often hit closer to home in the realism department.

And there you have it. Personal preference is as important as any information you’ll ever be able to find, but hopefully this list gives you a good starting place in your search for perfect airsoft guns. If you have any questions or want to connect with other airsoft enthusiasts, please stop by or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Types of Airsoft Guns – Part 1

airsoft-gunsThere is a wide variety of airsoft guns from which to choose, and the list is so long we had to divide it into two parts. This is Part 1, in which we go over some common varieties.


Generally the cheapest variety of airsoft guns, those in the spring-loaded category are commonly found in a handheld pistol form and require the shooter to cock the weapon before every fire. They’re the perfect choice for more casual or beginner players due to their reliability, durability, cost, and availability.

Although some high-end spring-loaded guns, such as sniper or shotgun types, easily compete with the more expensive varieties, spring-loaded airsoft guns are generally not acceptable for competitive play due to the difficulty of firing and inaccuracy at long range.

Automatic Electric Guns

Remakes of the popular AK-47 or M16 assault rifles would fall into this category. Simply by holding down the trigger, the shooter can let loose an entire clip of ammunition in a few seconds – sometimes up to 1500 BBs per minute. These are the most common type of airsoft guns and, although price differs radically depending on the area and the quality of the gun, most people should have no trouble finding an acceptable electric gun.

True to their name, these guns run on battery power and have the added bonus of not needing a manual cock before each shot. Unfortunately, one has to be careful with these guns – they can short-out and become useless in wet conditions.

Hybrid Guns

These guns are basically the same as the electric guns, but they often feature the added realism of a blowback and a muzzle flash. These are more common among collectors than players, though, as they are usually more realistic-looking and, in combat, the muzzle flash can give away your position.

Low-Powered Electric

These guns are generally not the preferred choice for competition. Their slower muzzle velocity causes the BBs to go off-target more than is desirable and, for the price, one could find a comparable and hardier spring-loaded gun. They are, however, relatively cheap and can simulate the rapid-fire capabilities of their bigger, badass relatives listed above.

Mid-Powered Electric

Mid-powered electrics are considered a close match to the competitive quality of high-end guns, but can be bought for as little as half the price. If you’re just looking for something to shoot around or have skirmishes with friends in your back yard, this is the type of airsoft gun for you. They aren’t as sturdy as the more expensive guns, and the muzzle velocity is still a bit slower than is necessary in a true competitive setting, but this variety is common among casual players and is a great pick for beginners.

If you have any questions or want to talk to those experienced with airsoft guns, visit us at or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Save Phace Real Reads: Fishing with Dean Rojas

Fishing with Dean Rojas
By Chris Mason

Save-PhaceSave Phace is the creator of the world’s most amazing face protection, including the sickest tactical mask you’ll ever find. We’re all about protecting your head while you get into extreme sports like paintball, airsoft, fishing, ATV riding, and more. Here’s a story to get you going, from a Save Phace Phan who knows how to make an impression!

In October, the stage was set for the final tour stop of the WON Bass Pro/Am 2011 season, at Lake Mead in Nevada. I had already heard that the fishing was exceptionally tough there during U.S. Open in July, so I knew I had my work cut out for me. As if tough conditions weren’t enough, there is only so much you can do to prepare when you know you are going to be competing from the back deck. Now matter what you think you may be doing, the reality is that the Pro you draw for each day may have alternate plans.

So, with that in mind, the partner pairings inevitably end up being perhaps the most crucial point of the entire event. There are times when you draw somebody that is “just not on the right fish” or hasn’t found “the big ’uns.” Your draw might have been crushing it all week, but frontal conditions “killed their bite.” You could also very well draw a Pro who simply says, “Just bring two rods, we’re on ’em, and we’ll bring in a heavy bag for sure.”

Upon arrival for “The Draw,” I walked in and saw none other than Dean Rojas, the Frog man! Now, I’m no star-struck person by any means. Let’s face it: celebrity sightings out here in Southern California are pretty common. I immediately assumed one of my travel partners would draw him since that’s just how my luck goes. I ended up being called right after Dean was paired. Close, but no go. The next thing you know, I drew a nice guy that I have fished with before on the tour. He wasn’t particularly confident, but was happy since he knew we would fish hard and enjoy the day from our past experiences together. After we discussed our strategy for the following day, our conversation turned to the draws. He reminded me that the Day 2 draw is usually just a partner swap between the two pairs called after another. My mind started doing the math. That means I would either be paired with Dean or the guy who was called after us. I quickly made a few calls and verified. As it turns out, I WOULD be fishing with Mr. Rojas on Day 2!

Day 1 went very well and we ended up with a decent limit that placed us within striking distance for the money. I saw Dean on the ramp after Day 1 and tried to get the intel on what we would be doing the following day. He was fairly vague. I assumed that it was to protect his secrets from anyone I might tell that night, and I respected that.

Once on Dean’s factory Yamaha-powered Skeeter, I quickly started to see his wit and sense of humor. He was very personable and began to open up more as the day progressed. Let me tell you this: what differentiates other tournament anglers from elite guys like Dean is that he processes things and makes decisions so much faster on the water. Working behind him was like trying to vacuum up dust behind a mop! I found myself watching how he threw and where he threw, and asked questions when he hooked fish. I wanted to find out how he was getting them to bite and what he was doing different than other people who fish the same types of lures. I caught my fair share of short fish, and did land a nice smallmouth that we ultimately weighed in.

This was indeed a successful day on the water. Once the pressure of contributing to our limit was relieved, I seemed to do better. That also allowed us to talk about non-fishing-related topics and start to joke and laugh. I actually told him that my travel buddies suggested that I show up with nothing but frogs tied on every rod and say, “I’m all set Dean… let’s go get ’em.” (That would have been funny since there was ZERO frog bite going on.) He got a kick out of that. Now that our true personalities came out, Dean told me the story of his record Day 1 catch of 45.2 pounds. What an awesome achievement. I complimented him on reaching his personal milestone of competing in his 10th Bassmaster Classic this upcoming season. He seemed very proud of that accomplishment (who wouldn’t be?). Even when asked about other fellow Elite Series anglers, he would only say nice things or just “leave it at that.”

After all was said and done, Dean helped me to a 13th-place finish that gave me much needed points toward my Angler of the Year race. What other sport can you compete with one of the top professionals, let alone be treated like a fishin’ buddy for the day? It’s a shame that there aren’t more opportunities for that around anymore. I guess I was fortunate. Read more stories from our Save Phace fans on our blog or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for more awesomeness!

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Save Phace Twitter Contest | Win Free Face Protection

Save Phace is the creator of the world’s sickest face protection. With tons of different styles, designs and uses, we guarantee you will find the mask you are looking for.



Every month we will be giving away a free mask to one lucky winner.

To enter to win on Twitter, all you have to do is click on the Twitter message and retweet the message of the month. The hashtag will change every month so you have to check back after the contest is over. You must be following Save Phace on Twitter and have retweeted the monthly tweet to be eligible to win.

  1. You must follow Save Phace on Twitter to win.
  2. Winners are picked at random (of those who entered) and will be announced on Monday,  April 1st (no fools joke though)!

For the month of March, the hash tag is #SavePhaceMadness.

Ready, set…go!… Click here

Oh, and for more chances to WIN, head to Facebook and follow the directions there!

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Save Phace Foam Announcement

<a href="http://blog cialis”>Save Phace FOAM announcementAfter receiving a few reports of foam coming off the mask, we decided to investigate this further.  Sure enough, we found a very small percentage that showed evidence of slight separation of the foam coming off masks that were included on our latest shipment.  As with any product, when man makes things they tend to screw up a percentage (it’s called failure rate).  While we desire to have a 0% failure rate, we more realistically strive for a less than 3%, which we have consistently met…  We are truly sorry for this inconvenience and, as always, we stand behind our products 100%.  We are offering the following options to anyone having problems with our mask.

If you have RWI (Replaceable, Washable, Interchangeable) Foam that is separating from the mask:

1.  If you purchased your product within the past 60 days and have sent in your warranty card, please contact us immediately via email at, and we will send you a new set of RWI foam ASAP for free.


2.  If you have purchased your mask within the past 60 days but did not send in your warranty card, please send in your proof of purchase, warranty card and RWI foam and we will send you a new set immediately.


3.  If you don’t have your warranty card, or proof of purchase, but are having problems, please send in your RWI foam along with a check or money order for $5 and we will send you a new set ASAP.


For those of you that have standard foam (meaning it glues directly to the mask and cannot be removed):

1.  If you purchased your product within the last 60 days and have sent in your warranty card, please contact us immediately via email at, and we will send you a shipping label so you can ship your product to us.  We will fix it and ship it back to you.


2.  If you have purchased your mask within the past 60 days but did not send in your warranty card, please send in your proof of purchase and warranty card and we will send you a shipping label to send your product back and we will fix it and send it back to you.


3.  If you don’t have your warranty card, or proof of purchase, but are having problems, please send in your mask along with a check or money order for $15.95 for shipping and handling and we will fix it for you and send it back.


4.  You can go to your local automotive parts store and buy some gasket adhesive and re-glue the foam using this adhesive.



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Total Eclipse: The SUM of Series “Just ill” Promotion

Total Eclipse is one of our SUM of Series “Just ill” that are a Phan Phavorite!

Save Phace wants to give 40% off of the Total Eclipse mask!

All you have to do is have some fun on Facebook!  Once Save Phace’s Total Eclipse picture (see below) has 40 tags of people on the photo, we’re going to unleash a sick 40% off code.  That Phantasic code will be good through February 29, 2012.  The tags (40) must stick for sale to continue so we’ll let you know if you need to TAG more!





So all you need to do is:

1.)   Like us on Facebook.

2.)   Locate the picture.

3.)   Tag some of your Facebook buddies.

4.)   Wait until we have at least 40 tags.

5.)   Keep an eye out for the PROMO code.

6.)   Head to the Save Phace website and take care of business!

The Total Eclipse SUM is just that — A Sports Utility Mask.  It is not a tactical mask and is not to be used for anything tactical related (Airsoft, Paintball, etc.).   Say good-bye to watery eyes, frigid faces, and the ringing in your ears from the cold while you’re hauling ass! Use this badass mask while you’re out on your boats, ATVs, Sand Rails, motorcycles, and dune-buggies.  If you can ride it, you should wear it!

Give us a call 800-989-1975 X.3 for anything and everything Save Phace! For more chances to WIN, check out our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages, and for sick videos, head to our YouTube Channel!

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