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Homemade Fishing Lures

Homemade fishing lures

homemade fishing lures!

Fishing on a budget can be almost as important as learning about the latest techniques for landing trophy fish. Fishing can be an expensive hobby. Rods, reels, boat upkeep all add up. Homemade lures can help keep the costs of your favorite sport in check. With a little skill and a few everyday household items you can create a supply of lures with little or no out-of-pocket expense. Here are a few ways to make it happen.

You can be creative; there are plenty of directions online. Here are some tips and ideas to get you started.

 

 

What Looks Like Trash To You, Could Look Like Dinner To A Fish

homemade fishing lures!

Fish like flashy things; things that catch their eyes. Anything that catches the light is a good bet. Bottle caps, can tabs, and old spoons can all work well and are usually readily available. You can always purchase blank spinners and flashers online if you don’t want to be totally self-sufficient. Add some color! Beads, nail polish, reflective tape, or feathers will brighten a lure up.

 

 

 

 

Types of Homemade Fishing Lures

  • Spoon lures resemble the inside of a table spoon. They flash in the light while wobbling or darting due to their shape, and attract fish.  Check out how-to video here.
  • Surface lures, also called top water lures, poppers and stickbaits, float and resemble prey on top of the water. Here are some tips.
  • Plugs are also known as crankbaits. They have a fishlike shape and they are run through the water producing a variety of different movements caused by a bib under the head.
  • Artificial flies are designed to resemble all manner of fish prey and are used with a fly rod and reel in fly fishing.
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    Jigs are weighted hooks with lead heads opposite the barb. They can be used with a minnow, crawfish or plastic worm to get the fish’s attention.

  • Soft plastic baits/lures are made of plastic or rubber, and are designed to look like fish, worms, crabs, frogs, leeches, squid, lizards, and other creatures.
  • Spinnerbait are pieces of wire bent at about a 60 degree angle with a flashy spinner at the top and a hook on the lower end.

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Getting Started Making Homemade Lures

Here are a few ideas to get you started. You’ll find detailed instructions and videos. Check out:

 

Most importantly – have fun and be creative! It’s a great feeling to catch a fish on a lure that you made yourself. You never know what a fish might strike.

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Image Credits (from top to bottom): stripersonline.com, sloshspot.com, worldfishingnetwork.com

Homemade Stickbait Lure

Homemade Stickbait and jerkbait stick lures

Homemade Stickbait and jerkbait stick lures

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Not at all fancy, but with its minnow-like appearance, the stickbait or jerkbait can be very effective. And the jerkbait stick lure requires little more than a small stick of wood, a drill, a paper clip, some paint or nail polish, and a fishook.

They float and resemble prey that is on top of the water. Stickbaits have only whatever motion the fisherman gives them through the action of the rod itself. If skillfully used, they can be very effective.

 

 

Homemade Stickbait Lures 
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  1. Break and carve your stick to the approximate size and shape of a minnow.
  2. Drill a lengthwise hole through the center.
  3. Insert a paperclip through the hole that you drilled.
  4. Twist a loop at one end of the paperclip to attach to your line.
  5. Twist a loop and attach a split ring at the other end of the paperclip.
  6. Attach a Treble Hook to the split ring.
  7. A coat of nail polish will provide a waterproof coating to make your lures last longer.

 

 

Video: Making a Homemade Lure out of a Stick!

This video by Josh Rueff shows how to make a homemade topwater jerkbait lure from a whittled stick and a paper clip.
The total cost was right around 25 cents!

Time to try this lure out on the water!

 

Homemade Spoon Lure

Creating a Homemade Spoon Lure

 

Homemade Spoon Lure

Photo via The Wonder Forest

Spoon lures, true to their name, resemble the inside of a table spoon. Typically they are oblong and concave in shape, which creates their movement through the water. Spoons attract fish because they flash in the light (due tio their shape) as they wobble and dart through the water.  They are believed to have been invented by Len Thompson around 1929.

If you have extra silverware lying around, you can reuse it to make some shiny new lures. With little more than some old stainless steel spoons, thread, glue, feathers, and a few tools, you can change that old coffee spoon into an eye-catching and fish-catching lure. Here’s how:

 

 

Basic Homemade Spoon Lure:
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  1. Cut the spoon’s handle off close to the bowl of the spoon.
  2. Sand the rough edge that you just cut.
  3. Drill a 1/8  hole at either end of the spoon bowl.
  4. Attach a Split Ring through each hole in the spoon.
  5. Add a hook. You can use whatever you like here; though most prefer a Treble Hook.

 

Optional Upgrades For Your Homemade Spoon Lure:

 

  • Hammer down the outside of the spoon slightly to alter the shape and the action of the lure through the water.
  • Tie some colorful feathers onto the shaft of the hook with a heavy duty thread.
  • Paint one side of the spoon with a brightly colored design.

 

 

Video: How to make a spoon lure from a kitchen spoon

 

This video from Great Cove Adventure Films shows step-by-step how to create your own homemade spoon lure:

 

Another video, this one by InTylerable also shows how to make your own spoon lure with a few variation in the process:

 

Alright, you’ve got your lures; now go catch some fish….

 

 

Kayak Fishing Tips

Fishing from Kayak , kayak fishingKayak Fishing:

Have you ever tried fishing from a kayak?

Have you ever wanted to try kayak fishing?

Fishing from a kayak gives you the chance to get to some great  locations that other anglers can’t get to in their larger boats. In fact, there are a number of waters that ban the use of motorized boats – a kayak offers perfect access to these fishing hotspots.

Fishing from a kayak is not the best choice for all types of fishing, but you will have increased maneuverability and a closer connection to the water itself. You may even find that you’re able to enjoy a bit of solitude.

Here are some great resources (including paddling technique and safety tips) if you want to try fishing from your kayak:

Links to Kayak Fishing Resources:

Other Kayaking and Fishing Articles:

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