How to Solder a Fishing Hook to a Shell for a Pin Minnow

How to Solder a Fishing Hook to a Shell for a Pin Minnow
Making your own lures is a great way to save money and create custom baits for a particular location or situation. The pin lure is one such bait that can be made at home by an angler. A favorite for many years, the pin lure is made using small smooth shells such as oyster and is designed to imitate bait fish. Making these lures requires some ingenuity when it comes to attaching the shell to a hook.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hook
  • Small smooth shell
  • Fine sand paper
  • Epoxy glue
  • Soldering gun and solder
  • Spinner blade (1/2 inch long)
Step 1
Choose a shell for the project that is smooth and preferably elongated. The object is to imitate a bait fish; an oval or oblong shell will help accomplish this.
Step 2
Sand the edges of the shell smooth with sandpaper. Place the sandpaper on a work surface. Hold the shell by the curved back and place the edge side down on the sandpaper. Move the shell back and forth to smooth and even the shell for attaching to the lure later on.
Step 3
Select a spinner blade that roughly matches the shape of the shell you will be using. Thoroughly clean the blade and long shank hook to remove any oil or other debris that may interfere with soldering.
Step 4
Heat a soldering gun. Place the spinner blade on the work surface and center the shank of the hook on the spinner blade. The eye of the hook should just extend past the top edge of the spinner blade.
Step 5
Heat the shank of the hook and spinner blade with the soldering iron and apply a thin line of solder along both sides of the hook. Make sure the solder contacts both the hook shank and spinner blade. Allow the blade and hook shank to thoroughly cool.
Step 6
Place a thin coat of epoxy along the edge of the shell and attach it to the spinner blade on the opposite side where the hook is attached. Allow the epoxy to cure for several hours before use.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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