How to make sea fishing lures.
If you have ever thought of making your own lures for sea fishing or even fresh water then I have some great news for you.
The great news is that it is so easy make your own sea fishing lures using simple household tools that you will be amazed. What’s more there is a very good chance that you already have these around your home.
How to Make a Spoon Lure.
The simplest sea fishing lure you can make is a spoon. Spoons are called that because they look like spoons, doh. The first ones were made from spoons and you can do exactly the same today. Pop into your local second hand store or charity shop and grab a few pre-loved spoons.
Tablespoons are good but then so are teaspoons or dessert spoons. Just make sure you are using metal ones, at least for the first ones you make.
When you get them home cut off the handle, smooth off the cut with a hand file on both the handle and the bowl. There are two lures here so don’t throw either away.
First up drill a hole in each end of the bowl, about 1/8th inch or 3-4mm in diameter and smooth off any burrs. Polish the bowl if it is a bit dull because you want this sucker to flash in the water.
Put a split ring in each hole and add a swivel to one and a treble to the other and you’re done.
Cost? About not much. Time to make? 20 minutes for the first one and then down to about 5 minutes each after a little making experience.
These are as good as store bought ones from the local bait shop with the added advantage that you can repair these any time something gets rusty or the hooks break. Or you could just make another one in 5 minutes. These are a really nice lure to make and operate with an excellent action.
How to make a Sinking Flashing Jig.
Go grab that handle left over from the spoon. Smooth off the cut end if you haven’t already done so. It doesn’t make a lot of difference but you could round off that end if you like. Drill a hole at each end like you did with the bowl and smooth off the burrs same as before. Add split rings. Polish nicely.
Is this seeming a bit familiar? OK, here’s a small change. Clamp one end in the vise, grab hold of the other end with a pair of pliers and give the handle a nice 1/2 turn twist. No vise? You can use two pairs of pliers to do this but you might need another person to help.
How well this works will depend on what type of metal the spoon was made of but most will allow you to do this without too much effort. If you can’t get it to bend don’t panic, I’ll tell you how to make it work anyway.
Because this will spin in the water you need a good swivel at the head. Now I always make the head of these sea fishing lures the widest part of the handle so it tapers to the hooks because I think it looks more natural to the fish but I know that many bait fishermen using whole fish will string them on head to hook as some predatory fish strike at the head first. Try it both ways and see which you prefer. All I know is that there are very few commercial lures that don’t have the hooks at the tail.
Back to construction. Add the treble hooks at the "tail" and attach a bit of red wool and/or some tinsel. It seems to give a better hook up rate. You are good to go.
If you can’t get a twist in the handle you need to add a little embellishment. I make a little oval out of plastic or metal strip, drill a small hole through one end and thread it onto the split ring at the head. Add the swivel to the same split ring. What this will do is unbalance the lure as it is moved through the water and cause it to either wobble or spin. Either way it’ll flash to attract the fish. These are similar to the spin bugs for bass that are so popular. They have excellent wriggle bodies of different shapes and you can feel vibration in the line as you retrieve them.
How to make a Popper.
Poppers are a type of wooden fishing or surface plug. You use the same technique to make plugs for freshwater fishing, plugs for saltwater fishing, or bugs for bass fishing so it is really worth while to take the time to learn well
You can make one from a 3-4 inch or 10cm length of broom handle. Now the trick with these is to drill a hole right through the middle length wise. This isn’t always as easy as it seems and a drill press is the best way to do it. If you don’t have a drill press you can either go to the local cabinet maker or similar furniture manufacturer and ask nicely, perhaps grease a palm with silver, or you can do it yourself with great care.
If you wish to do this yourself and don’t have a press then I would put the wood in the vise, set the drill to a slow speed and take my time getting it through. Another alternative method is to saw a groove about 1/2 way through length wise and then fill the slot with a waterproof glue later. I have also seen smaller lures which have been split down the middle and then glued back together.
However you choose to do this the whole aim is to put a trace or solid wire right through the middle of the plug. I prefer to make up leaders and connections rather than wire construction to put through the middle of these. I think the leader/trace has more shock absorbent properties than a solid wire but again this is personal preference and you can use whatever you have to hand.
Whenever I am gluing wood I like to use Selleys Aquadhere PVA for interior use but for these you’ll need the Durabond as it is waterproof and acts as a gap filler but you can just as easily use a glue gun .
Now it is time to carve the popper to shape. Remember drill first then carve, it just doesn’t work any other way. Your popper doesn’t have to look a lot like a fish, the basic shape is good enough but it will help you if you can tell the top from the bottom. Now you need to make a bib. I usually use plastic for this but a bit of aluminium sheet or other metal will do just as well. Cut a slot in the area under where the head might be and glue the bib on this lure. Make sure, when you glue in he bib, that it is positioned so that this lure’s going to dive when you crank and pop back to the surface when you take the pressure off.
Time to paint your creation to make this a nice lure. Sometimes I paint them to be semi-lifelike and sometimes I make them extremely bright colors. Use whatever works on the day you are fishing. It’s so easy to build your own baits for fresh or salt water that there is no reason to not have many of them.
Making fishing lures is so effective and inexpensive that you will have your buddies asking you to make some for them in no time.
Can you see how easy this can be to create your own fishing lures in just minutes? If you would like to find out more about how to make sea fishing lures then click on the link.