We have used clear and concise words in this article on Make Wooden Fishing Lures! As you can see, it is the versatility of plastic that makes it such a grand ingredient for the basis of a successful fishing lure… it’s what Rapala does with it that makes it work so well. He’s long-built his own lures, and he gives wooden lures a large share of the credit for his success as a pro angler. You should definitely add this info to your instructable so that people reading that happen to miss this comment can quickly know how to paint this is beautifully! Find great deals on eBay for Making Wooden Fishing Lures in Books About Nonfiction.
I purchased this how to book with thoughts of carving a fishing lure from a block of wood. I found this book very helpful in making my own lures, as it offers a different approach than I currently use. Top 20 Most Influential Bass Fishing Lures List…some of these better be correct or that is 20 wasted trips to the tackle store. The best lures are carefully weighted so that they will fall more slowly, which gives me greater control over the depths that I’ll fish at. In fact, this style of lure will allow you to fish at every depth until you find where the fish are holding.
I then put a generous amount of epoxy around each of the hook eyes and line tie to make sure that they would stay well secured. I haven’t had any complaints about hook posts pulling out of my lures and I’ve known lots of people who have used a talcke back and straightened the hooks out. I mixed the paint about 60% paint to 40% white spirits which made the mix very ‘thin’ and easy to work with. Of course, you should probably do some research into what your preferred fish likes to bite into before getting a little too wild with the brush.
For a scale design, paint the lure body in the color you want the scale edges to appear, cover the lure with plastic mesh, then spray on the scale color. A couple of other carved wooden lures are also illustrated to help add a little inspiration as you begin thinking up your own styles and designs for producing these sorts of lures. You also need to keep in mind that the hooks, rings, through wire, paint and finish will all add to the weight of the lure and make it sink faster.
The world famous Slashbait action was built from a plastic concept, the X-Rap; but it is not the plastic itself that makes the action, rather what Rapala does with the plastic to make it behave in a manner fitting of a natural baitfish. For my metal crankbait lips I plan to cut them from paint can lids a few of which I have saved specifically for this purpose. All four of these lure makers agree: Building lures with wood has its problems.
As I have a background in carpentry and cabinet making my knowledge of woods and how to work with them, how to glue them and how to seal and paint them is fairly good which means that lure making mistakes in this area have not been an issue for me. Although there are specific ‘sanding sealer’ products available for sealing wood I did not actually use one for this lure making project. Simply apply an epoxy sealer that will make the lure waterproof and let it dry for a day.
Just imagine being able to make an endless, inexpensive supply of any kind of lure you want – tailored precisely for catching the fish in the waters YOU frequent! While the properties of each type of wood varies, there is one thing they all have in common; wood lures require care to retain proper function and longevity. I’ve made a few as well, I reckon white beach is a good wood but its bloody hard to find so I use cedar nowFor bibs I use lexon ,its exspensive but you get a lot of bibs out of a small peace. Fred Arbogast’s Jitterbug and the Heddon Crazy Crawler are 2 examples of this lure.
After I cut out the lure bodies in this manner I noticed that the edges of the lure blanks were quite rough and required some sanding to smooth them off a little. Now that the throughwires have been fitted to my lures and all the filler has been sanded flush it’s time to seal an balance the lures before finally painting them and getting out and doing some fishing with them.
Eventually, even most empty cartridge cases usually end up being recycled into fishing lures at our house. Use paint or left-over nail polish (with a wife and four daughters, there’s always plenty of that around here) to add some color and you’re ready to reel in some fish. The lures were now coming along nicely – white belly, gold base colour and green scales.
Sewing it together to create a ‘sock’ of sorts that fits over your lures – again a really good idea. All in an effort to learn the best materials, techniques and processes for making a larger wooden lure with great swimming action. Search around for some lure templates, or try to shape something similar to your favourite fish catching lure from the tackle shop. But most of what I do know about catching fish, including making much of my own fishing tackle, consists of bits of information gleaned from Hearold over the years. He earned more than $825,000 over a 10-year career in bass fishing that included the FLW Tour and EverStart Series of bass tournaments.
The first step I took was to place my lure templates onto a piece of wood and trace around them to give me the outline of the lure – this is the line I would be cutting to. In this case I’m using 22mm thick poplar for my lures for no reason other than that I have lots of scraps of the stuff lying around my workshop. Because of the extra weight that gets placed internally and the low wind resistance created by the relatively small bib, sinking wooden lures tend to cast like missiles. Mike has been elected as a Fellow in SWST, International Academy of Wood Science, and Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining.
You can weight your sinking crankbaits by drilling one or more holes in the body during construction and then gluing in some small ball sinkers before filling the hole with epoxy or plastic wood and painting it over. The specs for the final thickness of the lure are found in the PDF file that we’ve linked to below. For decades, plastic lures have made some of the greatest bass lures affordable for millions of anglers.
Determining the look of your lure is important depending upon what type of fishing you’ll be using your wooden lure for, but in most cases the carving process is the same. In the video tutorial below, you’ll learn how to cut the handle off of the paint brush at the proper angle, mark the lure body” for drilling and weighting, insert weights, screw eyes and other hardware, sand the body slightly and then prep it for foiling.
The answer to the third question above for me is simple – the majority of my lures will be made to catch pike. However if you have read what I wrote earlier in this post about my lure making plan you will know that I intend to paint all of my lures in perch pattern to target the pike in a particular lake where perch are the only prey fish of the pike who live there. These long-lipped crank baits are designed to be fished fast; their longer lips make them dive deeper than alphabet plugs can. I allowed the paint to dry for 5-10 minutes before removing the mesh to prevent smearing the paint. The book is excellent to learn how to paint lures and install hooks and other needed items.
I can see the logic in your question though – we are making lures from wood, wood that will be repeatedly cast into water and for long periods of time. This is a great way to make something that you can say is 100% handmade and your own workmanship. If you are new to lure making you will waste less time if you start by making a lure design that is proven to work. Now that the lures are fully painted there is only one step left before they are ready for testing and some fishing.
Once preparing the template is finished, Paul sets about the task of actually creating the lure in earnest, showing us how to cut the wood into the proper size and then mark the center of each end in preparation for securing it in the lathe. To put the black dot in the centre of the eye I just used a smaller nail with a smaller head in the same way but with black paint this time of course.