Crawfish Colors: Why Are They So Important?

Foiling lures with aluminium foil can work well if the preparation is done properly

In nature, crawfish colors are widely variable. Many are drab, earthy colors. Shades of brown, green and gray are common. But at times craws can be bright red, crimson, orange or blue in color too. So it pays to have a good range in your lure collection, enabling you to cover all lure fishing scenarios. It also pays to have an understanding of your local crawfish population, so you can know which color to use and when. In many places the craw population changes color seasonally. In other places the craws remain one color year round. Factors Affecting Crawfish Colors Part … 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

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

Custom Painted Lures: You Can’t Polish A Turd!

A lot of lure fishermen turn to custom painted lures to improve their catch rates or catch a better class of fish. But can a custom paint job really make the difference between a great day on the water and a mediocre one? If you start with a lure that couldn’t pull a turd from a sewage farm then the answer is obviously no! A pretty paint job won’t miraculously turn it into some kind of fish magnet. Expecting it to do so is like painting flames on your car and expecting it to go faster! Custom paint is just the finishing touch, not the … more

Lure Color Selection: How Water Depth Affects Color Brightness

Lure color selection become less visible with depth

If there is one great way to fine tune your fishing techniques and improve your strike rate it’s understanding lure color selection. One of the great things about wooden lure making is that it forces you to think about what will actually get results and what is just a marketing gimmick. Believe it or not, using your brain can actually pay off with better catches! Video: Understanding Lure Color Selection (Part 1) Lure color selection is one of those things most folks believes makes a huge difference, but very few people actually take the time to check the facts. The majority of fishermen just use … more

Airbrushing A Basic Perch Color Pattern

The perch color pattern is very popular worldwide for crankbaits and lipless crankbaits – and for good reason. Aside from being pleasing to the eye, it’s a good imitation of a common food item for many fish species, the colors provide contrast and are among the more visible combinations to fish. I provide full details of how to paint this color scheme to my Crankbait Masterclass members, but I get so many requests for a recipe for this particular color pattern that I’ve put together this quick summary video tutorial. I hope you find it valuable! Video Tutorial: Quick Guide … more

Lure Colors: The Power Of White

I know a lot of my readers have a keen interest in understanding lure colors and how they work. Some of you have probably also read some of my articles on the subject or watched some of my videos. If not, there are some links at the bottom of this post if you’d like more information. But in this post I thought that  I’d address a common question that I get asked about lure colors: “How does the color white look to fish?” It’s a great question, so I’ll try to do it justice with a great answer! The first thing to realize is that white … more