How to Paint Mackerel Stripes on Fishing Lures

How to Paint Mackerel Stripes on Fishing LuresMackerel lures primarily are used for saltwater fishing because larger, predatory fish are drawn to bait that resembles smaller fish. The glitter paint used on the body will reflect light and mimic scale patterns on real mackerel. Experiment with jigs made from different materials with different weights when trying to catch various types of fish.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Unfinished fishing jig
  • Dish detergent
  • Pair of pliers
  • Candle
  • Blue-green glitter powder lure paint
  • Black powder lure paint
  • White powder lure paint
  • Silver powder lure paint
  • Cotton swab
  • Small paintbrush
  • Strip of wire
  • Tin foil
  • Small, empty glue bottle
Step 1
Wash any oil or dirt off of the jig using the dish detergent and hot water. Store-bought jigs often come with a coat of oil on the surface.
Step 2
Grip the jig with the pliers and hold it 1 inch over the candle flame for a few minutes. Make sure every side is heated by the flame.
Step 3
Swish the jig through the green-blue powder lure paint from side to side until the entire lure is covered; the powder paint should melt onto the hot lure. Tap off any excess powder.
Step 4
Dip the paintbrush into the silver powder lure paint and create a stripe along the entire bottom of the lure's body to form a light-colored underbelly.
Step 5
Pour the black powder paint into the empty glue bottle, then squeeze it onto the lure, creating vein-shaped lines that run from the top of the lure to the middle of the body. Form these lines throughout the middle half of the lure.
Step 6
Dab the cotton swab into the white powder paint and create two dots on either side at the front of the lure to create the eyes. Paint a black dot in the middle of each of the white dots.
Step 7
Attach the lure to one end of the wire and hang it from the top rack of your oven. Bake the lure for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees to set the paint. Place the tin foil below the lure to catch any dripping paint.

Tips & Warnings

If the lure cools while you are painting it, reheat it over the flame so the powder paint will melt and adhere to it.
Alternatives to heating the jig over a candle include holding it over a toaster, heating it in the oven or holding it over a propane torch.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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