Balsa Crankbaits: How To Make Killer Lipless Lures!

Lipless wooden lures on the drying rack






Balsa crankbaits are a great place to start your lure making journey. As a raw material, balsa is lightweight, easy to carve and gives your lures as superb, crisp action. The buoyancy of the wood gives loads of flexibility when it comes to weight placement and balancing your baits. But of course, everything is a trade-off. Balsa tends to be rather soft, easily dented and prone to getting chewed. And although it’s strong for it’s weight, it’s not great if there are too many thin sections. So how can you make your balsa crankbaits a bit tougher so they’ll survive … more






Lipless Baits: 3 Simple Secrets For Outstanding Success

Towpoint location on lipless wooden crankbaits






I love lipless crankbaits! I reckon just adding a few of these lures into your arsenal pretty much doubles lure fishing options. Why? Because they are fished so differently to most bibbed lures. They cast like bullets, can be fished fast or slow and are capable of vertical jigging. Most important, they move a massive amount of water with each side to side movement, which creates a very strong vibration that predatory fish pick up from miles away. Yet, when it comes to recreational lure making, not many guys ever attempt this style of lure. Especially not wooden lure makers. But they’re … more






5 Tips For Make Micro Rattlebaits!

A Micro Rattlebait From The Crankbait Masterclass






Few people who make their own wooden lures ever consider making rattlebaits….. even fewer attempt to make micro rattlebaits! There is no hard and fast rule as to what qualifies to be called “micro”, but for me it’s anything under 50mm for normal cranks and under 40mm for lipless cranks and rattlebaits. The great thing about tiny lures like this is that they can be super effective fish catchers. There are plenty of times when thumping bass, barra and other species will nail a tiny lure with gusto! So why do so few wooden lure makers bother to learning to make micro … more






Lipless Crankbait Techniques: Designing Lures For “Ripping”






As you’d probably expect, the most productive lipless crankbait techniques reflect the design, action, and more importantly the vibration of this style of lure. Lipless crankbaits create massive vibration by their side to side rocking, unlike lipped lures that have a side to side wobble. I’ve mentioned this before on this blog, but to illustrate the difference, shake your head as if to say “no”. That’s like the side to side wobble of a lipped bait. Now tilt your head from side to side as though you are trying to touch your each of your ears in turn to your shoulder. … more