How to Make a Big Game Fishing Lure Mold

How to Make a Big Game Fishing Lure Mold
When fishing for bigger and aggressive game fish such as tarpon, tuna or cobia, the possibilities of losing your lure while fighting the fish is high. It becomes expensive when you are constantly restocking your tackle by purchasing new lures to replace the ones you lost. Making your own lures is relatively easy and making your own lure mold is even more basic. With a few supplies, you can spend pennies replacing your lures instead of big dollars.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic fishing lure
  • Modeling clay
  • Oven
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Plastic container
  • Pie pan
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Sealant
  • Paintbrush
Step 1
Select the big game fish lure from your tackle box that you would like to duplicate, or purchase one from an outdoors store. You can also create your own fishing lure design by molding one out of modeling clay.
Step 2
Use regular modeling clay found in a craft store to create your own lure design, if not using an already designed lure. Modeling clay comes in styles that require baking and types that do not. It will not matter which type you use.
Step 3
Create your fishing lure out of the modeling clay by forming it into the desired shape and size. There are no right or wrong shapes or sizes, as this step is up to your own personal preference on what you think will catch big game fish. Bake as required on the modeling clay package, if using the type that requires baking first.
Step 4
Mix the Plaster of Paris in a plastic container per the package instructions. You will only need enough plaster to fill one aluminum pie pan. Pour the plaster into the pie pan when mixed, filling it approximately one-quarter inch to the top rim.
Step 5
Coat your lure with petroleum jelly, making sure the lure is completely covered. This will keep the lure from sticking to the Plaster of Paris, allowing you to remove it from the pan. Otherwise, you run the chance of the lure not coming out of the mold and the mold cracking in two.
Step 6
Press the lure into the center of the plaster-filled pie pan, being sure to allow the top surface of the lure to remain exposed, so you can retrieve it from the plaster. If you push the lure completely down into the plaster and it becomes covered, you will not be able to remove it from the plaster and will have to start the process from scratch.
Step 7
Allow the Plaster of Paris to completely dry with the plastic or clay lure inside of it. Remove the lure once the plaster has completely hardened and you should end up with a mold of your big game fish lure.
Step 8
Coat the entire mold with a sealant used on Plaster of Paris with a paintbrush. Sealing fills in any tiny pockets remaining in the mold, which reduces imperfections in the lures you make. It also makes the mold harder and less likely to break when you are using it. Allow the sealant to dry and the big game fish lure mold is ready for use.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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