Crankbait Template: How To Make A Brilliant Flat Sided Bait!

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It’s no secret that I love flat sided crankbaits! They create awesome vibration and flash and are perfect for imitating deeper bodied baitfish. Plus they’re fun to make. So when I was choosing a crankbait template to give away as a freebie I naturally gravitated to this style of lure. I’ve kept this lure very simple as it’s intended for newbies working with minimal tools. In fact, a sharp knife, a battery drill, some pliers and a handsaw are all the tools you’ll need to start knocking these lures out. Of course, there’s a full parts and materials list included with … more

Lure Bibs: How To Debunk The Myths That Ruin Lures

Diving lips in wooden crankbaits

I reckon lure bibs (aka “diving lips”, “bills” or “beaks”) are one of the most misunderstood aspects of making wooden crankbaits. It’s understandable. Bib design one of the most complex lure making concepts to get your head around. But crankbaits are one of the most versatile and valuable assets in your tackle box, so it’s worth figuring out. The problem is, much of the info you’ll find about lure bibs is, to put it bluntly, wrong. A lot of BS gets passed from one lure maker to the next, sadly. So in this article I’ll make the selection and design of lure bibs as simple as … more

Lure Bib Templates (Free): 14 Inspiring Designs To Download

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As lure makers we sometimes need a bit of a hand to get the creative juices flowing. So I’ve assembled some lure bib templates to help you on the path to perfect lipped lures. I’ve included 14 different styles, including round, square, coffin and hybrid shapes in a range of sizes from small to extra large. It’s important for that a bib be as close to symmetrical as possible. Asymmetrical diving lips unbalance a lure and make it hard to tune. These lure bib templates assists with achieving this, but also help in choosing the right bib for your lure. How To Use … more

Jointed Crankbaits: Three Tips For Making ‘Em!

A Double Hinged Jointed Crankbait

Jointed crankbaits (aka “broke-back crankbaits”) add a whole new dimension to lure fishing. If you take one of your favorite 1-piece crankbaits bodies, cut it in two and then rejoin it, you’ll be surprised at the difference. On the upside, adding a join somewhere in the lure body causes it to have a more sinuous, slithery action…… and it does so at much lower cranking speeds. This means you can keep it wiggling enticingly in “the zone” for much longer. They also tend to make a little more noise, which can be either advantageous or not, depending on your circumstances. … more

What Is A Crankbait?

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Ever asked yourself the question: “Exactly what is a crankbait”? I’ve been making wooden crankbaits for decades. And over the years I’ve written plenty about crankbait fishing, too. Yet it’s still difficult to define precisely what a crankbait is in just a few words. That’s because the lines between crankbaits and other types of fishing lures get pretty hazy. For example, you’ll often hear heated debates about whether a jerkbait is a type of crankbait, or a completely different lure. I believe that jerkbaits have the same basic design features as all crankbaits, but are tweaked to be fished a particular way. So … more

How To Make Crankbaits That Behave Perfectly

How to make crankbaits track properly: Symmetry

Here’s a lure making tip for anyone wanting to know how to make crankbaits that track straight, have a strong, consistent action and work over a wide range of cranking or trolling speeds. Now, some of you are probably thinking “For lure fishing, don’t we want our baits to have an erratic, inconsistent action?” And the answer is “Absolutely!” A lure that dodges, ducks and weaves erratically is the best imitation of a baitfish, which is our goal. And to some extent that result comes naturally when you are making wooden lures. It’s the unavoidable inconsistencies in handmade lures that give us the … more

Square Bill Crankbait: Lil’ Tuffy

In my opinion, the humble square bill crankbait is one of the lure fishing options in the freshwater fisherman’s arsenal for a whole bunch of reasons. It’s interesting just how a simple design change like switching from the more common and popular rounded diving lip to a square lip can make such a big difference to performance. Square bills give a slightly deeper diving depth, a more erratic action and, of course, are famed for being very snag resistant. Making A Square Bill Crankbait The square billed crankbait pictured in this article is known as the “Lil’ Tuffy” and is one … more

Crawfish Lure From Cedar

The humble crawfish lure is one of the most popular freshwater lure designs you’ll find anywhere! Unfortunately, for most lure makers the only difference between a crawfish lure and one of their baitfish versions is the paint job. That’s a real shame, because when you think about it, crawfish are different from baitfish not only in their coloration, but in they way the move and behave. When you think about it, a crawfish pattern painted on a lipless crankbait is a little odd, because crawfish tend to bump around in the structure. A lipless bait is more often fished at … more

Carved Bluegill Crankbait

My Crankbait Masterclass members will be familiar with this particular lure – it’s my “Shhh!”  ultra-silent, deep diving crankbait and it’s one of the masterclass project lures that we make during the course. This particular lure is fitted with single hooks, although doubles or trebles could be used instead. The hooks clip up under the body, eliminating rattling completely, but release when a fish is hooked. There are very few true silent lures out there, but this is one of them! But that’s not what this article is about! This particular lure has carved gills and fins – that’s what … more

Crankbait Lips: Dishing Them Increases Action

Lure Bibs: Everything You Need To Know!

Dished crankbait lips have a small impression or indent that’s shaped like a dish or spoon. The obvious purpose of this feature is to increase the action of the lure. Dished crankbait lips are common on many commercial lures, but less so on handmade lures. The shape creates extra turbulence around the lip, destabilizing the action a little. To spill water pressure from a dished lip the lure must not only turn to the side it must also tilt. This creates an erratic and very enticing rolling, wobbling motion. Many times you’ll hear about making wooden lures that “hunt”. Hunting describes the unusual ability … more