How To Choose The Best Paint Products For Fishing Lures

Best paint for fishing lures: metalics, transparents and opaques

What’s the best paint for fishing lures? Well by the time you’ve finished reading this article you’ll have my honest opinion! For me lure paints are about ease of use, safety and turning out top notch lure art that lasts. Fish after angry fish…… After all, the satisfaction of turning out awesome looking lures is great. But it’s pretty short-lived if your paint shrivels, peels, chips or cracks after a few weeks or a few fish. That means wasted time, effort and money. So in this article we’ll take a look at some of the more common paints used in lure making. … more

Crawfish Colors: Why Are They So Important?

Foiling lures with aluminium foil can work well if the preparation is done properly

In nature, crawfish colors are widely variable. Many are drab, earthy colors. Shades of brown, green and gray are common. But at times craws can be bright red, crimson, orange or blue in color too. So it pays to have a good range in your lure collection, enabling you to cover all lure fishing scenarios. It also pays to have an understanding of your local crawfish population, so you can know which color to use and when. In many places the craw population changes color seasonally. In other places the craws remain one color year round. Factors Affecting Crawfish Colors Part … more

Painting Crankbaits: Neo For Iwata CN Airbrush Review

Painting crankbaits is easy with the Neo CN

For many years I’ve been a great fan of the Iwata HP-C Plus for custom painting crankbaits. It’s been the workhorse of my operation for about 5 years and I currently have 5 HP-C Plus’ in almost daily use. Some have been in use for years and are as good as the day I bought them. I’d absolutely recommend the HP-C Plus to anyone getting into custom lure painting. It’s about as close as you’ll find to the perfect all-round airbrush. But a few months back Karl Isherwood at Anest Iwata Australia provided me with one of their Neo For Iwata CN models to test and … more

Airbrushing Lures: 3 Handy Gadgets That Make Painting Lures A Snap!

Airbrushing Lures Is Made Easier By Quick Change Adaptors

Turning out custom painted lures is very satisfying – although it can also be incredibly frustrating. But every so often you come across something really cheap and simple that makes airbrushing lures just that little bit easier. So in this article we’ll take a look at 3 such gadgets and “must have” accessories for the custom lure painter. But before we dive…… Airbrushing lures is a little bit of an accessory sport. And I don’t mind spending a buck or two on equipment if I reckon it will help me. In fact, I considered writing a list of the top 10 … more

Lure Painting: Iwata HP-C Plus Airbrush

Lure Painting Airbrush

I’ve been meaning to write some reviews of the airbrushes in my workshop for quite some time. But I must admit, I’ve been particularly looking forward reviewing my Iwata HP-C plus. Finally, I found time! Now, it’s no secret that I’m a great fan of Iwata airbrushes. They are beautifully engineered, work like magic and any time I’ve ever had a question Iwata have been super helpful. But please don’t think for one moment that my enthusiasm and my loyalty to this product came easily. Have a look around this website – you won’t find a lot of products endorsed here. … more

7 Tips: ChooseThe Best Airbrush For Painting Fishing Lures

Painting fishing lures isn’t so much about being a brilliant artist. In fact, even non-artists like myself can turn out awesome looking lure art. It’s actually more about having the right materials, good paint control and a few basic techniques. And of course the right equipment, especially the airbrush. Without a decent airbrush even the most skilled artist will struggle at painting fishing lures. I often speak at workshops and webinars to people who are struggling to get decent looking paint jobs. And often it’s for just one reason…. They don’t have a decent airbrush. So let’s take a look at … more

Painting Lures: 15 Secret Tips For Stencils And Masks

Painting lures is one of those really weird things. Let’s be brutally honest, fish usually don’t care that much. Even a newbie to lure making can turn out a fish pleaser. On the other hand. fishermen really do care…. a lot! Most guys who are serious about wooden lure making spend more time painting lures than any other step of the process! So in this article I’ll give my top 12 tips for painting fishing lures using stencils and masks. The good news is, you won’t need a Masters Degree in graphic art. You’ll just need to practice a few techniques that really aren’t that difficult. Stencils And … more

3 Tricks For Foiling Lures That Look Insane…. And Catch Fish!

Foiling Lures: Textured Skeleton Pattern

Foiling Lures Overcomes The Limitations Of “Chrome” Paints Foiling lures is a pretty popular lure making trick, and for good reason. Lure foil adds awesome flash to lure bodies. Predatory fish can see flash from surprising distances. Much further than they can see the actual lure, in fact. A flash of scales is the most obvious sign of a school of bait, so instinct takes over when a predator sees it. Foiling lures is a little fiddly, but achieving a  chrome-like finish with paints  is not easy. Airbrush acrylics have advanced dramatically over the past decade, but mirror chrome airbrush paints are … more

Painting Crankbaits: How To Use Transparents For Awesome Lure Art

If you’re new to painting lures then you might be wondering what the heck a transparent paint is. Many, many years ago when I first started painting crankbaits I remember wondering “What possible use could I have for transparent paints?” Until then I’d always used aerosol cans to paint my lures, mostly auto touch up paints. That works OK, but it will only get you so far! Once the airbrush bug had bitten I started painting fishing lures with all kinds of exotic paints. In recent years I’ve settled on modern water-borne airbrush acrylic paints, which now come in a massive range of … more

7 Professional Lure Painting Secrets. How To Avoid The Traps.

Making Jerkbaits (overview)

I reckon most folks put more effort into lure painting than any other aspect of lure making – and more time and money gets wasted on it, too. And while the whole process can be lots of a lot of fun and very rewarding, it can also be incredibly frustrating. For newbies, there’s a lot to learn, and tons of ways to burn your time and money. Even for seasoned lure makers there are plenty of pitfalls. So to start your lure painting off on the right foot, today’s article will give an overview of the process and some links to further resources. We’ll take a brief … more

Painting The Dolphinfish Pattern

custom painted dolphinfish lure

The dolphinfish (also known as mahi mahi or dorado) is a very familiar species to most offshore lure fishermen. It’s an open water species and is a great light tackle sportsfish. But small dolphinfish are also a very common food item for many large pelagic species such as tuna, cobia, sailfish, marlin and so on. Dolphinfish are one of the most colorful fish in the ocean, being flashy gold on the sides with a smattering of iridescent blue spots that give this species a striking appearance. It also makes them great fun to paint because the colors are so bright and … more

Brown Trout Pattern Minnow Lure

Now and then I get asked how to paint a brown trout pattern for a minnow style crankbait, so I thought I’d post a picture and a recipe that you guys can follow to paint your own brown trout pattern. Now, there are lots of variations of this color scheme, and that’s because the natural brown trout is so highly variable in it’s own coloration. They range from olive green to dark brown on the back, silvery sometimes (especially sea-run trout). On the sides they can be green, brown, silver, golden or orange. They can be heavily or lightly spotted and … more

Sample Masterclass Tutorial

*Scroll Down To Watch The Video Tutorial!* (There are 52 Lessons containing 150 tutorials like this one  in “The Crankbait Masterclass”!) Whether you want to hand carve a suspending jerkbait, build a deep diver, create a stunning wooden rattlebait or design a perfect jointed bait, you’ll find all of these and a lot more in the Crankbait Masterclass, with full instructions, templates and video tutorials. Note to current Masterclass Members: The full version of this tutorial, including written instructions, stencil downloads and paint recipes are in Lesson 34. Painting The Summer Crawfish Pattern When it comes to paint jobs for freshwater … more

Nude Lures: Ever Wanted To Paint A Nude?

What are “nude lures”? I have little doubt that right now a number of you are preparing to get your kit off and go into your workshops for some naked lure making! If that’s the case then please don’t send me any photographs that you don’t want to see pasted on my facebook page! A nude lure (also called a naked lure) is nothing more than a wooden lure that has been clear coated without painting it first, so instead of bright color, the natural beauty of the wood shines through instead. What’s the point of a nude lure? Well, … more

Airbrushing A Basic Perch Color Pattern

The perch color pattern is very popular worldwide for crankbaits and lipless crankbaits – and for good reason. Aside from being pleasing to the eye, it’s a good imitation of a common food item for many fish species, the colors provide contrast and are among the more visible combinations to fish. I provide full details of how to paint this color scheme to my Crankbait Masterclass members, but I get so many requests for a recipe for this particular color pattern that I’ve put together this quick summary video tutorial. I hope you find it valuable! Video Tutorial: Quick Guide … more

Lure Colors: The Power Of White

I know a lot of my readers have a keen interest in understanding lure colors and how they work. Some of you have probably also read some of my articles on the subject or watched some of my videos. If not, there are some links at the bottom of this post if you’d like more information. But in this post I thought that  I’d address a common question that I get asked about lure colors: “How does the color white look to fish?” It’s a great question, so I’ll try to do it justice with a great answer! The first thing to realize is that white … more