If you’ve been fishing long enough you might be curious about how to make fishing lures. Some anglers try this in order to save cost in hopes of making cheap fishing lures. Others who really like you like to experiment because they believe in discovering the “better mousetrap” of bait.
1. Get a bait kit
There are some great resources online that have components and kits for making fishing lures. That way, you can build as much or as little fishing bait as you want. It can be so easy to order a few “empty” crank baits and then decorate and add hooks. Or, you can take the plunge and try out complete fly tying kits that are tailored to the size of the fish you want to catch.
2. Be creative
DIY fishing lures can be fun if you enjoy crafting. Look around; You may notice something that can be used to make bait. I’ve seen spoons made from bottle caps and trinkets. Earplugs that have turned into little popper fly could join your little box of fall bait. This little finger-weaving toy can be turned into a pike and musk bait. And if you enjoy working with wood, try a simple topwater bait. If you are a beginner it can be difficult to use dive baits to make them run “true” and straight without rolling.
3. Optimize existing bait
An easier way to make fishing bait is to make minor additions / subtractions to personalize existing bait. Color the tips of soft plastic crayfish with a yellow highlighter or use a permanent black marker to add an eye spot. Swap out the triplets for singles to make unhooking and loosening the fish easier. Cut the template or spinnerbait skirt or attachments of a soft plastic bait to drop or move as you like. A paint tip in Bassmaster magazine used the mesh you may find on a bag of oranges or onions to create a scale-like pattern on a crank bait. Waterproof stickers can also significantly change the color of spoons or the appearance of crank baits.
There are thousands of patented lures out there, with every angler making a lure that catches fish better. Soon I’ll be able to share my own bait creation. When making fishing lures, you may find greater satisfaction when the fish is caught on YOUR bait. Making fishing lures can also be a great activity for kids. Your creativity can increase your tackle ownership and enjoyment of fishing.
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.