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 rattlebaits?
I think there is simply a perception that such tiny lures must be challenging to make. Along with a distinct lack of info on how it’s done. That’s why I slipped a tutorial and templates for the micro rattlebait on this page into my Crankbait Masterclass.
Tips For Making Micro Rattlebaits
Tip #1: A through wire is preferable to screw eyes. I’m not a huge fan of screw eyes – and even less so on these little lures. Screwing metal into tiny pieces of wood is a recipe for split wood and lost fish. A through wire can is a little fiddly, but overcomes this worry .
Tip #2: Always harden and waterproof your wood! This not only makes the lure stronger, but it also protects it from water logging that can kill the action.
Tip #3: Be extremely careful of your fingers! Really tiny lures and sharp blades are a finger injury risk. Luckily, you can usually do most or all of your shaping with sandpaper.
Tip #4: Choose your wood carefully. I’d recommend using something like Cedar or basswood for these baits and steering away from balsa. That’s a personal preference, but I feel that the style of lure works better with a denser timber.
Tip #5: Getting the lure weighted correctly is critical. You’ll need a fixed internal weight near the front, just beneath the skin. Be careful to balance that with the number of rattles so that the lure maintains the correct orientation.
Oh, and one last thing: Use quality hooks and rings. Like I said, big fish eat tiny lures, so fit your micro rattlebaits out with quality terminals and you’ll stand a better chance of landing one.
If you’ve never tried to make micro rattlebaits then what are you waiting for? Break out the tool kit and get started today! Check out my Crankbait Masterclass and find out how to make over two dozen other wooden crankbaits