6 Step Process For Hardening And Sealing Wooden Lure Bodies

hardening lure bodies - Base coated

Wood is without doubt one of the best materials for lure making. It’s easy to work with, easy to get and has almost magical fish catching ability that plastic just can’t match. That’s why wooden lure making persists (and continues to grow) in a world of mass produced plastic. But wooden lure bodies do have some drawbacks….. Raw wood soaks water up like a sponge. And waterlogging is the number one lure action killer and cause of early paint failure. Plus, soft, easy carving wood tends to dent and puncture easily, reducing performance, service life and appearance. The there’s the tannin issue, … more

Best Wood For Making Fishing Lures

Best Wood For Making Fishing Lures: Intro

Man, I seriously wish I had a buck for every time someone asked about the best wood for making fishing lures! The answer is simple: whatever works and is available in your area. But it is true that some timbers are better suited than others. This was the topic of my previous article about lure making wood. There are a few staple timbers in the lure makers stable, ones that are popular around the world. Balsa wood is an awesome option and one of my favorites. Basswood, jelutong, various cedars, cypress knees and baltic pine are all popular and versatile lure making timbers. But … more

Balsa Lures: 5 Tips For Designing And Fishing Irresistible Baits

Balsa Lures: preformed bodies

Balsa lures will always hold a very special place in lure fishing. It’s such a superb material – light, strong, water resistant and super buoyant. The result? Lures with a super crisp action that can’t be matched by other timbers….. even less so with plastic! For me, balsa is the perfect example of why plastic will never completely replace wood in the world of lure making. Seriously, no tackle box should be without a decent selection of balsa lures. It’s as simple as that! Tips For Designing, Making & Fishing Balsa Lures 1. Use The Buoyancy To Your Advantage One of the things I love about balsa … more

Custom Balsa Crankbaits: 5 Success Tips

Custom balsa crankbaits are one of my all time favorites to make and fish with! If you’re just new to lure making and wondering what timber to start with, you could certainly do a lot worse than balsa! Here’s what I like about balsa as a raw material for lure bodies: It’s light in weight. It’s easy to carve and shape. It’s incredibly strong for it’s weight. It’s easy to get in lure-sized pieces and can be sourced from sustainable plantation sources. But as with everything in lure making, there are also some down-sides too. So before you get to work … more

Crankbait Making Wood: Five Popular Options

cedar is a good crankbait making wood

This article gives a quick overview of the popular types of crankbait making wood. However, the list of timbers that can be used or making crankbaits (and other wooden lures) is endless. Crankbait Making Wood: Popular Options Balsa Wood Balsa is a classic crankbait making wood and has been used worldwide by a number of commercial lure makers for many years. I often recommend balsa wood to crankbait newbies because it’s extremely light, easy to work, takes paint and makes some of the sweetest crankbaits around. Balsa wood has uniform grain and density, which is important if you’re making lots of … more

Lure Making Wood: The 7 Most Important Qualities For Successful Lures

Custom wooden lure in nude colors

Do you know how to pick the perfect lure making wood? If you want to make killer custom lures you should! After all, it’s the basic raw ingredient of wooden lures. And your choice of wood can be the difference between mediocre baits and ones that smash fish senseless. So lets take a look at the general properties that you want in a lure making timber. For for specific info about common lure making timbers please read my article on the best wood for making fishing lures. Or, for those who love making crankbaits, there’s also an article on crankbait making wood. What Makes An Exceptional Lure Making Wood? … more

Balsa Wood: A Classic Lure Making Timber

One of the most common questions I get asked is what timber to make wooden lures from. And the answer is that there isn’t just one wood that is perfect for every type of lure. I use a whole bunch of them depending on what types of lures I’m making at the time. Balsa Wood Advantages Balsa wood is certainly one of the stand out lure making timbers that has been used for decades, if not longer. It’s is very easy to work and can be quickly shaped with a sharp knife, chisel or gouge, or even with a piece of fresh sandpaper. It’s … more