How to Make Lures for Bass

How to Make Lures for Bass
Bass fishing anglers might typically collect an array of lures, hooks and baits to attract and attempt to catch trophy bass. As the price of some lures extends to $10 or more, some anglers might decide to make their own bass lures. Making lures for bass can be a great way to further connect with the sport, create custom designs and save money in the process.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Buzz bait head with wire
  • Rubber skirt
  • Bead
  • Collar
  • Buzz blade
  • Rivet
  • Pliers
Step 1
Hold a formed buzz bait head with wire so that the lower hook end is easily accessible. Choose a rubber skirt such as chartreuse, white, blue and black or other color based on personal experience and choice.
Step 2
Position the rubber skirt with the molded round opening at the top so the skirt naturally hangs below. Insert the hook down through the round opening. Slide the skirt around the bend, up the hook shank and onto the formed shoulder just below the weighted head. The head is typically formed of lead and could feature a design to imitate a fish head.
Step 3
Slide a bead onto the short free end of the wire opposite the hook end. Turning the lure upside down so the free end of the wire points up will help hold the bead in place during assembly.
Step 4
Place a buzz blade onto the free end of the wire and slide it down next to the bead. The buzz blade will feature one end that is wider than the other. The narrow end will need to be located higher on the lure or next to the bead.
Step 5
Position a rivet collar on the free end of the wire below the buzz blade. The rivet will have a flared flat end that must be located next to the buzz blade. Bend the short end of the wire extending past the rivet with a pair of pliers. Bend the wire at a right angle to the wire as a means of holding the rivet, blade and bead in place on the lure.

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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