Most anglers think that any purchase of fishing lures is money well spent, and we wouldn’t disagree. But sometime taking a do-it-yourself approach to life is a good choice. While fly-tying is a popular hobby, not too many anglers have homemade bass lures in their tackle box.
You can change that.
Try out some of these homemade bass baits and you might find that making your own lures could be your new favorite hobby...after fishing, of course!
Perhaps the most basic of homemade lures, the bottle cap spinner is a great place to start. Simply fold a bottle cap in half and put a treble hook on one side and a swivel leader in the other. One popular technique is to add BBs inside the folded cap, which gives the lure a rattling sound that attracts more bass. You can also make them longer by adding beads, which adds color and presents a meaty lure to the bass. You can choose your favorite beer to fully customize these spinning lures.
This is probably one of the most neat-looking homemade lures you can fashion. By using a cork from a wine bottle, a bottle cap and some hooks, you can create a lure that is perfect for pulling bass from the weeds. By simply connecting treble hooks and a connection for your line to a wine cork, you have a top-water lure that will entice a hungry bass. By adding a bottle cap at the front, you increase the splashing of the lure, creating an irresistible temptation.
How many spoons are there in your kitchen drawer? Do you really need that many? Why not use them something worthwhile, like catching fish? Take a spoon of any size and cut the handle off. Smooth the cut edge and drill a small hole at both ends. Connect a leader at the narrow end and a hook at the other. You can paint it any color you like, but red is a popular choice for spoons because fish are used to going after injured and bleeding fish.
Put your woodworking skills to the test by creating a new lure for your tackle box. If you have been to the bait shop, you know what a lure looks like, so you can easily replicate the size and shape of an effective lure. If you want even more guidance, trace the shape of one of your lures so you know you’re getting it right. Add a little weight so the lure will sink, but not too much that it won’t swim, and attack hooks at the underbelly and the tail.
All of these lures can be fully customized to meet your specific needs. You can add bright colors, earth tones, scale designs, and even eyes. Get creative and make them your own and you’ll have a lure that looks great and might even catch a few fish.
Remember to make sure all the hooks and connections are strong and support them with line if needed. The first time you catch a fish on your homemade lure, you’ll be one mighty proud angler!
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.