17 Parts You’ll Want For Making Insanely Good DIY Lures

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

Wood is without doubt one of the best materials for lure making. It’s easy to work with, easy to get and has almost magical fish catching ability that plastic just can’t match. That’s why wooden lure making persists (and continues to grow) in a world of mass produced plastic. But wooden lure bodies do have some drawbacks….. Raw wood soaks water up like a sponge. And waterlogging is the number one lure action killer and cause of early paint failure. Plus, soft, easy carving wood tends to dent and puncture easily, reducing performance, service life and appearance. The there’s the tannin issue, … more

Balsa Lure Options: Two Easy Ways To Make Awesome Baits!

Balsa Lure Making Options

Lately I’ve enjoyed going back to basics. As a result, balsa lure making is firmly back on my agenda, for the first time in years. I’d almost forgotten how much I enjoy working with Balsa! Now, lots of folks will tell you that balsa is too soft for lures…. I beg to differ. There are many lure making applications where balsa is prefect, as I discuss in my article on the best wood for making fishing lures. It’s one of the original lure making timbers and used correctly, still one of the best. Plus, you can harden balsa lure bodies after shaping. See Balsa Lure Resources … 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 pieces of advice I ever 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 … more

Handmade Lures: How To Know What’s Really Important

Handmade Lures: Even Basic Paint Jobs Catch Fish.

  We all like to strive for perfection in our handmade lures. Perfect design, great balance, flawless paint job, great action and so on. The perfect lure gives us confidence to tie it on and lob it at a fish. But like any worthwhile pursuit, lure making skills take time to develop. You can’t expect to turn out a perfect lure on the first attempt. Actually, those imperfections we try so hard to overcome in our handmade lures can often turn out to be irrelevant. On more than one occasion they’ve turned out to be the “secret sauce” that has made one of my lures especially successful. … more

7 Tips For How To Use Screw Eyes

How To Use Screw Eyes For Maximum Strength

Want to know how to use screw eyes for lure making? I know it seems like a simple thing to do, but the truth is that there’s a STRONG way to use them and a WEAK way. And just a few little tricks can make all the difference, so read on my friend! One of the challenges with screw eyes for wooden lure making is that the tow point and the rear hook hanger are usually driven into end grain. And end grain has poor thread strength. And it gets worse. End grain has the highest potential for water absorption and the … more

Balsa Lures: 5 Tips For Designing And Fishing Irresistible Baits

Balsa Lures: preformed bodies

Balsa lures will always hold a very special place in lure fishing. It’s such a superb material – light, strong, water resistant and super buoyant. The result? Lures with a super crisp action that can’t be matched by other timbers….. even less so with plastic! For me, balsa is the perfect example of why plastic will never completely replace wood in the world of lure making. Seriously, no tackle box should be without a decent selection of balsa lures. It’s as simple as that! Tips For Designing, Making & Fishing Balsa Lures 1. Use The Buoyancy To Your Advantage One of the things I love about balsa … more

Shore Fishing And Custom Crankbait Design

Shore Fishing: Intelligent Crankbait Design Helps!

If shore fishing 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 not think … 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

Balsa Wood: A Classic Lure Making Timber

One of the most common questions I get asked is what timber to make wooden lures from. And the answer is that there isn’t just one wood that is perfect for every type of lure. I use a whole bunch of them depending on what types of lures I’m making at the time. Balsa Wood Advantages Balsa wood is certainly one of the stand out lure making timbers that has been used for decades, if not longer. It’s is very easy to work and can be quickly shaped with a sharp knife, chisel or gouge, or even with a piece of fresh sandpaper. It’s … more

Flat Sides? Or Round?

We all know that the size and shape you choose for a diving lip dramatically changes the action and diving depth of your crankbaits. It’s the first thing that most guys think about when they are striving for a particular diving depth or action. But like everything in wooden lure making, it’s far from the only important factor. The location of the tow point, the internal weighting, size and position of hooks, body shape, buoyancy and other factors all play their part. In fact, if you don’t get these right then they will fight against the good work of the … more