Fishing Tips: How To Slam Fish With Your Killer Lures






I don’t just get asked questions about lure making…. I also get pressed for some “Secret Fishing Tips” from time to time! The good news is, I’m an open book – and I’m happy to help others whenever I can. So in this post I’ve put together a handful of fishing tips for lure makers and lure fishermen. You may already be doing some of these things. Others you may not have thought of, or may have forgotten. Either way, the idea is to get you thinking about ways to improve your catch rates. Gregs Fishing Tips: A Few Simple Tricks For Better Lure … more






How To Fish 5 Types Of Hard Lures For Awesome Results






I know, this is a wooden lure making site, but this looks like an article about fishing…. Well, here’s a revolutionary thought: Lure making isn’t actually about making lures. It’s about catching a better quality of fish, more often. But the great thing about making your own lures is that you learn how to fish them incredibly effectively. Ever heard the saying that the guy who walks into the hardware shop and buys a drill doesn’t actually want a drill? Nope! He wants holes. And a drill is the best way to get them….. if he knows how to use it! Lure making is the same. Few people make … more






Lure Fishing Secrets: How To Crush It With Custom Lures

lure fishing with custom lures






Custom lures are the Ferraris’ and Maseratis of the lure fishing world. Good ones are high performance, built for a specific purpose, stunning in appearance and most importantly – extremely effective. But they can also be temperamental, difficult and high maintenance. Put a moron behind the wheel of a Ferarri and it’s just a pretty car that will never reach full potential. Give a punter a custom lure and it’s the same result – their fishing will improve, but the lure will never reach full potential. Lure Fishing Basics: What’s Important In A Custom Lure? Awesome lure fishing should be … more






Reaction Lures: Surprise Fish Into Striking!






Do you know the difference between “hunger lures” and “reaction lures”? Hunger lures are great for catching fish that are actively feeding. They imitate whatever food items the fish might be taking on the day. Fish assume they’re food and take them out of hunger. But reaction lures can get strikes even when fish are not hungry. They do this by surprising the fish into action and causing an instinctive aggressive or defensive response. Of course, hungry fish will often take reaction lures and vice versa, but the above is a good general rule. Reaction Lures Work When The Fish Aren’t Playing It’s easy to underestimate the … more






Night Fishing Lures And After Dark Fishing Techniques






What fishing techniques should you adopt for lure fishing in the wee small hours, and is there any such thing as night fishing lures? Great questions, and I’m going to answer the second one first. The concept of night fishing lures is foreign to most people because there is a natural assumption that fish need to see a lure in order to take it. Of course, they can’t see a lure after dark – or can they? Night fishing with lures is actually a very productive lure fishing technique because many predatory species feed more actively and aggressively during the … more






Fishing Loop Knot

Fishing Tips: Lefty's Loop






A very simple mistake that lots of folks make is using the wrong knot to attach a lure to their line. A simple fishing loop knot is far and away the best solution. Your choice of knots might seem like a minor detail, but is actually very important. A lot of wooden lures have delicate and easily upset swimming actions, and the correct knot gives them maximum opportunity to work their magic properly. On the other hand, the wrong knot can reduce lure action, or even kill it completely – not to mention reducing the strength of your line by … more






Wooden Hard Bodies: 3 Reasons They Catch More Fish!






There are more good reasons for making your own wooden hard bodies than you could poke a fishing rod at, and every time I think I’ve heard ’em all, suddenly someone will come up with another one! Common ones are: “To save/make a buck” “To get lures you can’t buy any more” “Because it’s fun/rewarding/satisfying” “To get lures that look and work exactly as I need them to” “It gives me something to do during the closed season” These are all great reasons for making your own lures. But for me there is one huge great reason that stands head … more






Big Eye Trevally On Hand Made Stickbaits






When the big eye trevally are on the chew they’ll take most small lures that are worked across the water surface with speed. Soft plastics, poppers, blades and metal slices are all fair game. But I love targeting them with light gear using small hand made stickbaits. The big eye trevally shown in the picture was one of several that fell to a new stickbait design I’ve been working on of late. It’s a long, thin body shape with a “v” shaped cross section, which makes it glide and dart from one side to the other in a random fashion. … more






Custom Painted Lures: You Can’t Polish A Turd!






A lot of lure fishermen turn to custom painted lures to improve their catch rates or catch a better class of fish. But can a custom paint job really make the difference between a great day on the water and a mediocre one? If you start with a lure that couldn’t pull a turd from a sewage farm then the answer is obviously no! A pretty paint job won’t miraculously turn it into some kind of fish magnet. Expecting it to do so is like painting flames on your car and expecting it to go faster! Custom paint is just the finishing touch, not the … more






Lure Color: Fish Don’t Use Flashlights






Alright, more on the much misunderstood subject of lure color! I’ve talked previously about how water is like a giant filter that removes light and makes it darker and darker the deeper your lure dives. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. Lure Color (Pt2)  In this post we’ll look at the second reason why a particular lure color might not be visible to fish, which will put you ahead of 99% of lure fishermen. You see, water doesn’t just reduce the brightness of all colors evenly. Some lure colors stay bright to much greater depths than others. Do … more






Lure Color Selection: How Water Depth Affects Color Brightness

Lure color selection become less visible with depth






If there is one great way to fine tune your fishing techniques and improve your strike rate it’s understanding lure color selection. One of the great things about wooden lure making is that it forces you to think about what will actually get results and what is just a marketing gimmick. Believe it or not, using your brain can actually pay off with better catches! Video: Understanding Lure Color Selection (Part 1) Lure color selection is one of those things most folks believes makes a huge difference, but very few people actually take the time to check the facts. The majority of fishermen just use … more