Close Up View Of Lures In Tackle Box


If you are like me, you will have probably built up a decent collection of fishing lures over the years. I consider all my lures a worthwhile investment. However, as your collection grows, it is worth making sure you look after them. Lures need proper care to stay effective when you’re out on the water.

Here are some of my tips to make your fishing lures last longer.


To prevent deterioration and damage, you have to invest in proper storage for your lures. You’ve spent a lot of money on your lure collection, so the least you can do to maintain the quality is to invest in a durable tackle box that has compartments.

Make sure that your tackle box has enough space for all your lures. Having separate compartments for different lure types will also help organise everything. You can get airtight containers for lures with feathers to avoid insect infestation. Meanwhile, keep new lures in their original packaging as long as possible. In the off-season, I like to shrink wrap lures to maintain their quality.


Don’t expose your lures to extreme weather. When they’re not in use, make sure your storage location is not too hot or too cold. Extreme temperature can also do harm the quality of your lures. Find a storage location with room temperature.


After some time, you’ll have to change out the hooks attached to your lures. They can become dull or bent — both of which can affect your ability to catch fish. Just make sure that the replacement has the exact specifications so that the lure can still provide the same action.


You’re bound to use several different lures during your fishing trip. After a long day, everything is shoved back into your tackle box, and you forget all about them until later on. Allowing your lures to stay wet — especially if they’ve been exposed to salt water — can be very damaging. Make sure to clean with soap and water after use. Dry thoroughly before storing them.


Sometimes, aggressive fish or rough water conditions can result in damaged lures. This doesn’t mean that you have to dispose of them immediately; you can repurpose or restore them. They may no longer work in the same way, but at least you can still use them.

For example, if your soft plastic worm sustains a tear, you can just cut it in half, and you’ll now have two small lures. Meanwhile, if you have lures that have been scratched up or have dings, you can smooth out the damage with sandpaper. Use a small paintbrush to cover them with enamel or lacquer. If the damage is extensive, you can get creative and attempt your own restoration.

If you want to make sure your fishing lures last longer, follow my basic tips. If not, you’ll spend more money as you keep replacing your lures. If a lure has served you well for a considerable amount of time, you won’t feel as bad when it’s really time to replace it.



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Peter Williams

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