Making Balsa Crankbaits And Other Balsa Lures: A Complete Guide.

Balsa Lure Making Options

It’s official. I’m hooked on making balsa crankbaits, especially flat sided balsa crankbaits. I recently started using balsa again after having used other timbers for a few years. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy using the stuff for lure making! I know, balsa wood has it’s share of downsides and there are plenty of critics. And I’ll admit that it’s not the perfect lure making wood for every situation. But used in the right way, for the right lures balsa is very hard to beat. The biggest criticism is usually about the softness of balsa – but that’s a double edged sword. Hard … more

17 Components For DIY Lures And Where To Find Them!

Parts For DIY Lures

DIY lures don’t have to be difficult to make, they can be really simple. Most of what you’ll need is sitting on the shelves at your local hardware store. And a basic toolkit for DIY lures is pretty cheap and easy to get too. But as your lure making skills and ambitions advance you’ll probably find yourself looking for more. Specialty parts, cool accessories and neat lure making tools aren’t essential. But they can sure make the job of making a few wooden lures a lot more fun. So for this article I went through the workshop and made a list of the various … more

Lipless Crank Making: 5 Custom Vibration Bait Secrets

Are you ready to take your lure making (and fishing) to new heights? Then it’s time to learn how to make lipless cranks – not just because I think you need a new challenge, either! The good old lipless crank is an incredibly versatile fishing weapon that fills gaps left by other hard body lures. Fresh or saltwater, micro or jumbo, you need a couple of lipless crankbaits in your kit. But 90% of wooden lure makers never attempt to make lipless lures. So where should you start? Well, that’s exactly why I wrote this article. It’s for the “Lipless Crank Virgins” … more

Lure Building Books, eBooks, Templates & Tutorials

Lure Building Video Tutorials

Lure building doesn’t have to be complex…. But it’s fair to say that there are plenty of traps for new players. And learning from mistakes is slow, frustrating and expensive. The Lure making learning curve is usually characterized by a large pile of woodchips, an empty wallet and a handful of lures that don’t work too well. I want to save you that! Good information can have you making wooden fishing lures much sooner. It’ll save you time, effort and money. But most importantly, it will have you catching better quality fish in no time. And after all, catching fish is what lure building should be about.  Not tinkering in a workshop … more

97 Best Lurecraft Tips For Awesome Results…..

97 Lurecraft thoughts, ideas and tips

The other day I was waiting for my turn at the dentist. It was mind numbing, and my brain hates being idle. Anyway, rather than do another bloody Sudoku <yawn>, I started jotting down random thoughts and ideas about lurecraft. I was looking for inspiration for my next post….. Well, by the time I reached the dentist chair I had a pretty random list of 97 lurecraft tips…… And I got to thinking: “Rather than pick one and turn it into a post, why not just share the whole bloody list?” So what follows is what goes through my brain the instant … more

6 Step Process For Hardening And Sealing Wooden Lure Bodies

hardening lure bodies - Base coated

Want to know how to treat your wooden lure bodies before painting them? Look, wood is without doubt the best material for lure making. It’s easy to work with, easy to get and has a magical fish catching quality that plastic just can’t match. That’s why wooden lure making is rapidly increasing in popularity…… In a world of mass produced plastic. But wooden lure bodies do have some drawbacks….. Raw wood soaks water up like a sponge. Unfortunately, water logging is the number one killer of fishing lure action – not to mention the primary cause of early paint failure. Plus, soft, easy … more

Home Made Lures: Will They Struggle To Survive?

handmade lures are a growing field!

Explaining that I make a living by teaching folks to make handmade lures can get an amusing response. Home made fishing lures? It sounds so last century! Like I’ve tunneled out of an Amish community and surfaced in the middle a tech conference! “You make them out of what? …… WOOD? …..  But why? Plastic ones are so cheap! ” Well, that’s half your answer right there! McDonalds hamburgers are cheap too, but I’ll drive past 10 of their “restaurants” to find a good, old fashioned burger. And then I’ll pay twice as much for it! Home made fishing lures are … more

Best Wood For Making Fishing Lures

Best Wood For Making Fishing Lures: Intro

Man, I seriously wish I had a buck for every time someone asked about the best wood for making fishing lures! The answer is simple: whatever works and is available in your area. But it is true that some timbers are better suited than others. This was the topic of my previous article about lure making wood. There are a few staple timbers in the lure makers stable, ones that are popular around the world. Balsa wood is an awesome option and one of my favorites. Basswood, jelutong, various cedars, cypress knees and baltic pine are all popular and versatile lure making timbers. But … more

Types Of Fishing Lures: 23 Awesome Options You Can Make!

Types Of Fishing Lures That Can Be Handmade From Wood

It’s surprising just how many types of fishing lures can be handmade from wood. The hard bait family of lures is very diverse, but many of the basic processes are the same no matter which style of lure you are making. Of course, some styles are a little tricky to make (or fish with) – others are a snap! One of the first challenges is understanding the naming. Many lures have different names depending on where on the planet you happen to live, which can make things very confusing even for experienced lure makers. So this article will take you through all of the … more

How To Make Lures That Dodge Snags: 5 Tips!

In this article we’ll look at how to make lures, especially crankbaits, that are resistant to hanging up in snags. One of the best lure fishing tips I got as a kid starting out in lure fishing was “If you’re not getting snagged occasionally, you’re missing lots of fish”. Never have truer words been spoken. Many species of fish just love structure, and will often hole up in places you’d rather not toss lures. Actually, most crankbaits are more snag resistant than you might think from looking at the shiny trebles. But knowing how to make lures that have a little extra snag resistance can make fishing … more

Handmade Lures: Why Are They So Deadly?

Handmade Lures: Even Basic Paint Jobs Catch Fish.

Most custom lure makers (myself included) set out to make perfect handmade lures. We strive for faultless design, great balance, flawless paint job, incredible action. And those are great things to aim for, right? But the truth is, it’s the imperfections of our hand crafted lures that make them so……well, perfect! Ironic, I know. But it should be encouraging, especially for those new to lure making. Every handmade wooden lure is different, no matter how hard you might try to make perfect copies. Sometimes those differences aren’t visible, but they show in the results. Every batch of “identical” handmade lures I … more

7 Pro Tips For Using Screw Eyes And Glued Eyelets In Lure Making

How To Use Screw Eyes For Maximum Strength

Being able to choose and install fishing lure screw eyes and twist eyelets properly is important. In fact, it should be one of the first lure making lessons for noobs. After all, a screw eye is more likely to pull out when you’re fighting a monster than a small fish…. So don’t let that happen! That’s why in this article I’ll look at the various screw eyes and twist eyelets that can be used in wooden lure making. I’ll also look at how and when to use them in your lures and give you a bunch tips on how to use screw eyes. … more

Shore Fishing And Custom Crankbait Design

Shore Fishing: Intelligent Crankbait Design Helps!

If shore fishing with lures is your thing, then you can design your custom crankbaits to suit the particular demands of tossing lures from the waters edge. After all, the power of custom lure making is that you can get exactly what you need, even when it’s not commercially available! Fishing from a boat allows you to position yourself better to improve your chances of a strike. But shore fishing is a little more limiting in that respect. You can move along a bank or shore a little to the left or right, but it often doesn’t help much. So why … more

5 Simple Tools – All You Need To Make Awesome Custom Lures

Lure Making Tools

Luremaking can be as complex as you let it be. You can have masses of tools to make the job easier or more fun. But sometimes it makes a lot of sense to dumb things down and go mega-basic. Let me give an example. As I write this post, my family is on a road trip. That means getting the family and all their camping gear, my fishing tackle, tech gear, kids toys, food, water, fuel and the beloved family dog into one very tight space. And since the trip will take me away from the workbench for a while … more

Envirotex Lite Measuring And Dispensing

Envirotex Lite For Lure making

Envirotex lite (also called “Etex”) is one of the better clear coating and adhesive systems available for lure making. Etex can be a bit painful to work with- but the right system will have it curing hard, super clear and glossy. And it’s such a tough, waterproof, scratch resistant lure coating it’s worth the effort! For those not familiar with Etex, it’s a two part polyamide epoxy. Combining equal parts of resin and hardener (by volume) and mixing well gets the curing reaction started. The manufacturer reckons it reaches full hardness in about 24 hours, but I’ve found it gets even harder over … more

Crankbait Making Wood: Five Popular Options

cedar is a good crankbait making wood

This article gives a quick overview of the popular types of crankbait making wood. However, the list of timbers that can be used or making crankbaits (and other wooden lures) is endless. Crankbait Making Wood: Popular Options Balsa Wood Balsa is a classic crankbait making wood and has been used worldwide by a number of commercial lure makers for many years. I often recommend balsa wood to crankbait newbies because it’s extremely light, easy to work, takes paint and makes some of the sweetest crankbaits around. Balsa wood has uniform grain and density, which is important if you’re making lots of … more

Lure Making Wood: The 7 Most Important Qualities For Successful Lures

Custom wooden lure in nude colors

Do you know how to pick the perfect lure making wood? If you want to make killer custom lures you should! After all, it’s the basic raw ingredient of wooden lures. And your choice of wood can be the difference between mediocre baits and ones that smash fish senseless. So lets take a look at the general properties that you want in a lure making timber. For for specific info about common lure making timbers please read my article on the best wood for making fishing lures. Or, for those who love making crankbaits, there’s also an article on crankbait making wood. What Makes An Exceptional Lure Making Wood? … more