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

Fishing Tips: How To Slam Fish With Your Killer Lures

I don’t just get asked questions about lure making…. I also get pressed for some “Secret Lure Fishing Tips” from time to time! The good news is, I’m an open book – and I’m happy to help others whenever I can. So in this post I’ve put together a handful of fishing tips for lure makers and lure fishermen. You may already be doing some of these things. Others you may not have thought of, or may have forgotten. Either way, the idea is to get you thinking about ways to improve your catch rates. Gregs Fishing Tips: A Few Simple Tricks For Better … 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

Reaction Lures: Surprise Fish Into Striking!

Do you know the difference between “hunger lures” and “reaction lures”? I suppose I’d call this one of the lure fishing basics…. yet lots of guys don’t have a clue. Hunger lures are great for catching fish that are actively feeding. They imitate whatever food items the fish might be taking on the day. Fish assume they’re food and take them out of hunger. But reaction lures can get strikes even when fish are not hungry. They do this by surprising the fish into action and causing an instinctive aggressive or defensive response. Of course, hungry fish will often take reaction lures and vice versa, but … more

Fishing Deep With HomeMade Crankbaits

deep diving home made crankbait

If you want to be successful with homemade crankbaits, especially deep divers, you need to understand this: “The foundation of effective crankbait fishing is very simple; know the depth your crankbaits run. Until this knowledge is in hand, all the other crankbait questions are very insignificant. After all, if you can’t get the bait to the fish, how could color, shape, action, or models of crankbaits make any difference whatsoever?”. Bass Pro Mike McClelland in his book “Walleye Troubleshooting” I love this statement and its as relevant when using homemade crankbaits as it is bought ones! So many guys waste too … more

Jerkbait Techniques: Understanding Cadence

Some of you are probably aware that advanced jerkbait techniques are kind of a specialty of mine. And recently I’ve had a few questions about cadence and what it is, so rather than keep replying to individuals I decided a post would be a good idea. Put in simple terms, cadence refers to the rhythmic beat of a lure and it affects the vibration that the lure emits and that fish home in on. There are two ways in which your lures gets cadence. The first is built into the design of the lure. It’s the rhythmic side to side … more