How to Modify a Heddon Spook Fishing Bait

How to Modify a Heddon Spook Fishing Bait
Heddon Manufacturing has been in the fishing business since the 1890s. One of the more popular lines of lures or baits is the Spook lure. Available in a Magnum, Zara, Sway Back and Super model, Spook lures are torpedo shaped and designed to be fished on top of the water. Typically featuring treble hooks mounted at the midpoint on the belly and at the rear, Heddon Spook lures can be easily customized by simply changing the type of treble hook used on the lure.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Heddon Spook lure (Magnum, Super, Zara, etc.)
  • Red finish treble hooks
  • Dressed treble hooks
  • Split ring pliers
Step 1
Hold a Heddon Spook bait or lure in you hand so that the treble hooks are easily accessible. Holding the lure by the side and back will keep your thumb and fingers away from the sharp treble hooks and allow you to work.
Step 2
Spread the split ring holding the treble hook to the eye on the lure with a pair of split ring pliers. Insert the small spreaders between the wires of the split ring and spread them slightly apart so that the treble hook can be removed. Remove the treble hook from the belly and rear of the lure.
Step 3
Select a red treble hook to replace the standard hook on the belly of the Spook bait. Once again, spread the split ring apart with the split ring pliers and work the new hook around the ring. A red, or bleeding, hook is designed to imitate a bleeding bait fish while it is in the water. This might help induce a a strike from a larger fish.
Step 4
Select a dressed treble hook for the rear of the Heddon Spook lure. Dressed treble hooks will feature either feathers or hairs attached to the shank of the hook so that they flow back and cover the hooks. These materials can add motion in the water for attracting feeding fish.
Step 5
Spread the split ring at the rear of the lure apart with the split ring pliers and work the dressed treble hook around the ring until it is completely seated inside the split ring.

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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