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 lure fishing tips I 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 make fishing … more

How To Fish 5 Types Of Hard Lures For Awesome Results

I know, this is a wooden lure making site, but this looks like an article about fishing…. Well, here’s a revolutionary thought: Lure making isn’t actually about making lures. It’s about catching a better quality of fish, more often. But the great thing about making your own lures is that you learn how to fish them incredibly effectively. Ever heard the saying that the guy who walks into the hardware shop and buys a drill doesn’t actually want a drill? Nope! He wants holes. And a drill is the best way to get them….. if he knows how to use it! Lure making is the same. Few people make … 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