FISHING ON A BUDGET: CREATE HOMEMADE FISHING LURES FROM EVERYDAY ITEMS
Angling can be a very expensive hobby. You have to shell out a lot of cash to buy fishing rods, clothing and gear, boats and the maintenance costs. That’s why you must find a way to cut down on some of your fishing expenses.
Some anglers choose to lower their expenses by creating some of their fishing necessities at home, including the lures they use to attract the fish. Here are several ideas on creating your own homemade fishing lures you can use the next time you go out on the water.
Wine-loving anglers shouldn’t throw away the corks from their used wine bottles because they can use them as lures for Bass fishing. Using a sharp knife, cut the cork lengthwise, but be careful to cut all the way through. Then insert a long fishing hook inside the sliced portion of the cork before you glue everything back together. You can decorate your cork lure with paint or attach a pair of googly eyes so it can be more attractive to the fish.
If you have a lot of extra silverware lying around your kitchen, you can use them to make a new set of lures for your next fishing expedition. You just need some stainless-steel spoons, glue, thread, several metalworking tools and loose feathers to create these homemade fishing lures.
To assemble, cut off the handle of the spoon with the use of the metalworking tools, then create a smooth edge and punch several holes on both ends of the spoon. Add a fish hook, thread and some colourful feathers as embellishments, then your new fishing lure will be good to go.
WOODBLOCK LURE TEMPLATE
Instead of buying fishing lures from bait shops all the time, you can use one of your old lures as templates for your future homemade fishing lures. All you need to do is to trace the outline of your old store-bought lure to a small block of wood you can find from a hardware store or recycle from a construction site.
After creating an outline, you can start sawing and carving the woodblock into the shape of your staple fishing lures. Dress it up by painting it with attractive colours then add the fish hooks. Once you’re already satisfied with your work, the next thing to do is give it a try.
JERKBAIT STICK LURE
Create a minnow-looking lure using wood. It’s almost the same as making the woodblock lure, but it doesn’t have to be as much work as the other homemade fishing lures. You only need a small wooden stick, a paperclip, a drill, several paints or nail polish as well as a fish hook.
This can be arranged by breaking and carving your stick to reach your desired size and shape of a minnow. Then punch a lengthwise hole in the centre to make way for the paperclip you can look at one end. This can be the place where you’ll attach your line. The other end of the paperclip will secure your fishing hook. Paint the prepared lure with nail polish or other shiny paints to add a waterproof coating.
These are just a few ideas you can follow if you want to make homemade fishing lures. To be honest, I wrote this article in a bit of fun. Those who can make lures normally have many years of practice. Lures that sell well on retail stores are those that perform. Nevertheless, these ideas will get you started if you are interested in making your own lures, which can become a whole hobby in itself.
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