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Author Topic:  Advantages of making your own lures  (Read 641 times)

Offline SENKOSAM

Advantages of making your own lures
« on: June 20, 2017, 09:43:49 AM »
Cost may be cheaper in the long run considering how much hard and soft lures have gone up, but that's minor when considering what you can learn about what fish will attack and dispelling myths we've been fed for decades. Control over colors, sizes, shapes and lure action allows you to fiddle with each and letting fish determine which combinations work the best or equally.

Take skirted weedless jigs for example. One site offers over 40 colors and patterns of skirts - many you won't find rigged on a jig anywhere for sale. Your jig skirt can be thicker or more sparse, ready to be changed.
Jig weight selection is also found on the same sites and it pays to carry light and heavy jigs.  Trailers are now plastic (U.Josh went out of business) and you can pour any color you want in many different designs using molds. Trailer size is also an option. (I copied Uncle Josh Pork Frogs #1 and #11 in plaster of Paris as well as other trailers.)

The same applies to spinnerbaits: blade shape and size selection, weights and skirts (as above) and trailers. In-line spinners you've made do as well as the major brands.

When it comes to plastics, there are a great number of lure designs you can pour for far less than off the shelf. But more important, you can experiment with different designs you've made to see which do best and in what colors.

You don't even have to pour plastic lures to make your own : got plastic worms laying around you never use?  Cut off 2" of the tail end of one, remove the curl tail and rig it on a ball head jig. Now you have a finesse bait that catches any fish species. What's more is knowing the color range that will work most of the time, not depending on those claims that matching a prey species color is essential to catching fish. Lure design options accomplish the same thing and allow more variety than you thought possible.

Lure design speaks volumes when it comes to provoking fish to strike and with a bit of imagination, you can come up with hundreds of variations in design or originals - most of which fish bite. No more depending on the lure design departments of major companies to feed us new & improved lures in the latest catalogs (though at times it pays to buy them rather than find a way to produce them yourself.)

Lurecraft is all about having more choices and variety and discovering how many lures can work in a days time based on good design and action.



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Re: Advantages of making your own lures
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 04:47:33 PM »
I first started making plastics to save money.  I bought a single cavity mold and 1 quart of plastic locally.  I bought red and black colorant and made worms.  I later bought a lizard mold.  It was fun and I caught fish on both types of baits.

Jigs (rubber skirted) were just being introduced and quite hard to find.  A friend and I got hold of an Arke mold some living rubber and some weed guard (in 3' sections).  We made up a bunch of jigs.  

That was the start: saving money and getting something that wasn't readily available.

After a while I quit making baits as I quit fishing.

Several years later I got back into fishing.  My friend had never left and had developed an incurable bait making disease.  I got into making buck tail jigs and got him started doing that.  Meanwhile, he got me back into making plastic baits again.  Now it is not about saving money it is about making something that catches fish and trying to make color combinations that the fish haven't seen and other fishermen don't own.


It can become an addiction like many other things.  I don't buy a plastic bait box any more.  I buy them 10 at a time. :rofl:
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Re: Advantages of making your own lures
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2017, 05:21:35 PM »
I started making  baits back in the 80s not to save money but just because it looked fun. Then it became more for the reason of making something other anglers couldn't throw. As time went on I decided to make more to save money but as I bought all the molds and supplies I really wondered, "how much am I saving???" I think in the long run, I probably spent more on supplies than if I just bought the baits... lol however that hasn't stopped me. I still enjoy making my own baits, especially hand pouring crazy colored worms.

Though after my plastisol has sat for 4+ years unused, it has all separated and settled. I am going to try to stir up and see if it's salvageable but I worry that the couple gallons of it has all gone bad.

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Re: Advantages of making your own lures
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2017, 05:47:24 PM »
Jared I let some go way too long.  What I did was take a metal clothes hanger and make an L the bottom of the L is a sort of flat loop or ellipse so that it can stir better than a single wire would.  I slip it into a jug hook it up to a drill, hold my off hand over the top and stir, stir, stir, stir letting the drill do the work.

Sometimes it takes more than one setting to get it remixed.  If you can't get all of it to remix, try heating a little and see how it turns out.  More than likely it will work.  If not you may have to put a little hardener in it.

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Re: Advantages of making your own lures
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2017, 08:08:00 PM »
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My friend had never left and had developed an incurable bait making disease.  I got into making buck tail jigs and got him started doing that.  Meanwhile, he got me back into making plastic baits again.  Now it is not about saving money it is about making something that catches fish
Got the same disease !
What's more is proving over and over that fish prefer some designs over others, that some modifications in some lures don't make much difference in the fish they can catch and finding designs that work better or that are least on par with similar lures. When it comes to design, the little things can matter in a big way!

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