Lure Bibs: How To Debunk The Myths That Ruin Lures

Diving lips in wooden crankbaits

I reckon lure bibs (aka “diving lips”, “bills” or “beaks”) are one of the most misunderstood aspects of making wooden crankbaits. It’s understandable. Bib design one of the most complex lure making concepts to get your head around. But crankbaits are one of the most versatile and valuable assets in your tackle box, so it’s worth figuring out. The problem is, much of the info you’ll find about lure bibs is, to put it bluntly, wrong. A lot of BS gets passed from one lure maker to the next, sadly. So in this article I’ll make the selection and design of lure bibs as simple as … more

Lure Bib Templates (Free): 14 Inspiring Designs To Download

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As lure makers we sometimes need a bit of a hand to get the creative juices flowing. So I’ve assembled some lure bib templates to help you on the path to perfect lipped lures. I’ve included 14 different styles, including round, square, coffin and hybrid shapes in a range of sizes from small to extra large. It’s important for that a bib be as close to symmetrical as possible. Asymmetrical diving lips unbalance a lure and make it hard to tune. These lure bib templates assists with achieving this, but also help in choosing the right bib for your lure. How To Use … more

Lure Parts: What Do You Need To Make Quality Lures?

Wooden Lure Making 101 Lure Parts

When I first got started at wooden lure making there was no option….. I had to make all of my lure parts myself. These days lure making has become so popular there is an amazing range of lure parts online. It certainly makes the job a lot easier! But now beginners are faced with a different problem: What lure parts do I need and what ones could or should I make for myself? In this article I’ll walk you through just a few of the lure parts that are readily available to these days, with a few hints and tips for their … more

Square Bill Crankbait: Lil’ Tuffy

In my opinion, the humble square bill crankbait is one of the lure fishing options in the freshwater fisherman’s arsenal for a whole bunch of reasons. It’s interesting just how a simple design change like switching from the more common and popular rounded diving lip to a square lip can make such a big difference to performance. Square bills give a slightly deeper diving depth, a more erratic action and, of course, are famed for being very snag resistant. Making A Square Bill Crankbait The square billed crankbait pictured in this article is known as the “Lil’ Tuffy” and is one … more

Crankbait Lips: Dishing Them Increases Action

Lure Bibs: Everything You Need To Know!

Dished crankbait lips have a small impression or indent that’s shaped like a dish or spoon. The obvious purpose of this feature is to increase the action of the lure. Dished crankbait lips are common on many commercial lures, but less so on handmade lures. The shape creates extra turbulence around the lip, destabilizing the action a little. To spill water pressure from a dished lip the lure must not only turn to the side it must also tilt. This creates an erratic and very enticing rolling, wobbling motion. Many times you’ll hear about making wooden lures that “hunt”. Hunting describes the unusual ability … more