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Making Fishing Lures At Home Is Funfrom: www.fishingsecretsrevealed.com
For those anglers that enjoy learning all aspects of fishing, making fishing lures at home can be a great way to fill up those bad weather days. Fishing lures are not hard to make provided you have a bit of creativity and patience. The following are some easy and simple suggestions for making fishing lures at home from materials that you probably have at home or can purchase very inexpensively.
Spoons, as the name suggests, can be actually made from various sizes and shapes of spoons. Try going to a second had store and buying a collection of various sizes of metal measuring spoons. Using a hand torch or a propane torch, heat the metal spoon part, then using a hammer or pliers gently flatten the spoon until you have a uniform shape. Allow to cool completely, then cut off the handle from the spoon. Using a small sized drill bit, drill a hole in the top (handle) and bottom end of the shaped spoon. Attach a hook to the bottom hole and a leader and swivel to the top hole. The spoon can be painted with any type of metal paint or can be left silver. Additional patterns, stripes or even more involved designs can be added.
Minnows and Crankbaits
Crankbaits and minnow forms can be made from simple pieces of doweling or even a small piece of plank. Trace a pattern using your favorite crankbait body, or just be creative. The key is to keep the shape of the crankbait body equal on both sides to make it move through the water with the correct movement.
All that you will need for making fishing lures at home out of wood is a file, skill saw or small hand saw, sandpaper, epoxy glue and hooks and a swivel. With the dowel positioned flat, cut the desired length of the body. Find the center line down the "back" of the body and draw it on the wood, this will allow you to keep the shape in balance. Start sanding the shape from the center point, making the fish shape tapering from the front to the back. When the shape is sanded to the correct form, cut a drill two or more small holes in the center line of the belly and insert the treble hook in the back hole and a weight in the front hole. Epoxy both into the holes and allow to completely set. If you wish to make a lip on the crankbait, cut a slot in the front bottom of the lure and insert a commercial lip using the epoxy again. Attach a swivel and a tail if required.
Finally paint the crankbait using your favorite or lucky colors. Making fishing lures can be an activity for the kids to get involved in as well as the adults. Young kids may have trouble making fishing lures because of the small size of the materials, but they will enjoy being involved in the painting and finishing.
Christine P. Gray is a recognized authority on the subject of salmon fishing. Her website Fishing Secrets Revealed provides a wealth of informative articles and resources on everything you will need to know about bass fishing lures. All rights reserved. Articles may be reprinted as long as the content and links remains intact and unchanged.
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