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Author Topic: [Theory] What Do You Do With Old Lures?  (Read 895 times)

Offline Jigfishn10

[Theory] What Do You Do With Old Lures?
« on: May 19, 2017, 12:17:55 PM »
What do you do with old lures/baits?

I was fishing a Yum F2 Tube a couple of years ago with a buddy and I took the beat up tube off the hook and put a new one on. I put the beat up tube in a bag and back to my tackle box. My buddy asked what I was going to with it?



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Offline SENKOSAM

Re: What Do You Do With Old Lures?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 08:55:50 PM »
I store my old lures in boxes - probably over 70 at last count - hoping to one day try some of them again. Problem is that I use a few lures that catch fish better than any of those stored. Good thing I don't watch fishing shows or read fishing magazines anymore, otherwise the count would go over 70. Seriously though, there are some good lures - hard and soft - I should bring out of quarantine.

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Re: What Do You Do With Old Lures?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 11:05:50 PM »
I've got a bunch of old cranks and topwater and I think I am going to see if FRC Baits can paint a few up and give them new life for me (y)

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Re: What Do You Do With Old Lures?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2017, 03:15:18 AM »
I've got a bunch of old cranks and topwater and I think I am going to see if FRC Baits can paint a few up and give them new life for me (y)
I have given new life to quite a few older crankbaits.  It's nice to take "old rusty and turn it back into old trusty"
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Re: What Do You Do With Old Lures?
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2017, 07:02:28 AM »
Soft plastics I have been known to save and then melt down to make new baits with. Not all plastics work of course. Forget melting down Elaztech but I have melted down Zooms to try to make different baits out of my favorite Zoom colors.

Offline SENKOSAM

Re: What Do You Do With Old Lures?
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2017, 08:39:18 AM »
Update:
In the past I've modified a few soft plastic lures and had great success catching bass and other species. But mostly, hand pouring was the biggest lure making activity along with modifying some of those lures into totally different designs or using baits straight from the mold.

All of a sudden I began to think of sizes and shapes of lures that have done well as well as new lure shapes fish might attack. Sure enough I started searching stored plastics for lures I could cannibalize parts from and fuse together with other lures using a candle flame. If not that, cut them down in different ways to make some more streamline in body or tail.





Who would have thought that adding a (chartreuse) craw claw from a craw bait to a grub body would catch different fish species - including bass. Also modified in the above was a Bass Pro Caterpillar Worm (the bumpy chartreuse ones top and bottom photos). As with any short worm grub of that thickness, the action is different than the motor oil worm in the bottom right above.
Being that it's thicker, the action is more of a walk-the-dog when the rod tip is twitched.

The slimmer stick worms were mainly finesse worms with the tail cut off and shortened to 2".
Slider Tail grub tails were added to other grub bodies just to see if the action of the new combo would be as effective or more effective. It was!

The Sassy Shad type lure wasn't modified in the top photo except I later cut off some the the belly to see what the new shimmy would look like. It also worked.

Since I have found a dozen lures for lure parts, I've begun separating and hanging them is snack bags for easy access. Now any time I want to take along lures that I know will catch fish, I can chose which parts to use without searching the many boxes of stored plastics. I have many other boxes to go through that will generate new ideas or uses for old lures, because as I stated in the sky's the limit post, fish respond to a hug variety of lure most days of the year. It's just a matter of finding which the respond to more often.

Note: small lures catch big fish as well as small fish. One in particular caught catfish 3-7 lbs. and 2 lb bass. When fish require a slow presentation, there's nothing better than small plastics.

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