Fishing can often be an expensive hobby, so to help mitigate the costs it might be a fun idea to make your own wooden lures. It’s a handy bit of knowledge to have in your back pocket in a pinch, and you’ll have more control over exactly how your lure looks and works. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help you get started.
Choose Your Wood
There are a variety of wood types to choose from, but popular choices are poplar, cedar and basswood. Each of these are pliable and easy to carve and are buoyant enough for use in fishing. There are also pre-made Wooden Lure Blocks that you can buy online or in most fishing supply stores.
Choose Your Shape
What kind of lure are you looking to make? Determining the look of your lure is important depending upon what type of fishing you’ll be using your wooden lure for, but in most cases the carving process is the same. You’ll need at least one of the following to shape your lure: a wood rasp, a set of carving knives or a lathe. The lathe is probably the easiest as it provides the most stability as you sand down your lure.
Sand Her Down
Once you’ve gotten the basic outline of your lure carved out, it’s time to fine-tune it into the proper shape and feel. This might take a bit of finesse. At the very least you’ll need some 80-grit sandpaper, maybe smaller if you’ve got it. Smooth down all of the rough edges to the best of your abilities.
Whip Out the Drill
The next step is somewhat of a delicate process – you need to drill the holes for the hook hanger. The size bit depends upon the type of fish you’re looking to catch, with larger holes needed to accommodate larger eye screws to be placed in the lure. A 1/16” bit should be enough for typical lures, with ¾” eye screws placed within. Make sure you use a strong glue or sealant to insert the eye screws into the lure, otherwise you’ll lose them to a hungry fish.
Attach the Hook Hangers
Using a pair of needle nose pliers, attach the hook hangers to the eye screw and bend it into the right form. It’s important to remember that the hooks all need to line up appropriately in order for them to work. Use a traditional lure for comparison, if needed.
This is the easiest step of all. Simply apply an epoxy sealer that will make the lure waterproof and let it dry for a day.
Paint that Sucker
After the epoxy dries, you’re free to paint the lure any crazy colors your heart might like. Of course, you should probably do some research into what your preferred fish likes to bite into before getting a little too wild with the brush. You might want to add another layer of epoxy after painting to protect it from the water and other things that might affect the paint.
Install the Hooks
Finally, using a pair of pliers attach the hooks and feel free to let her rip!