How to Make Bottom Bouncer Fishing Lures From Home to Sell

How to Make Bottom Bouncer Fishing Lures From Home to Sell
Bottom bouncer fishing rigs are effective on a variety of game fish and are favored by many walleye anglers in particular. The bottom bounce rig consists of a wire bent in an upside down L shape. The longer arm of the wire, that extends downward, features a weight molded on at the midpoint. The shorter horizontal arm is used to attach a lure. A variety of lures can be used with the bottom bounce with one in particular being a standout.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 20 pound test monofilament fishing line (5 feet)
  • Bait holder hook
  • 6 mm beads (plastic)
  • Spinner and clevis
  • Sharp scissors
Step 1
Assemble the materials you need to tie the bottom bouncer crawler harness. You will need to make a few practice and prototype crawler harnesses for practice, to perfect your assembly methods and to determine the cost per lure. Carefully track the amount of line, number of beads, hooks, spinner blades and clevises used in each lure. This information will be used to determine an overall cost per unit and help determine your selling price.
Step 2
Tie a basic crawler harness by first snelling the bait holder hook. Hold a 5-foot length of monofilament line in one hand and a long shank bait holder hook in the other. Feed one free end of the line through the eye of the hook so it exits on the point side of the hook. Pull 3 to 4 inches of line past the eye of the hook.
Step 3
Snell the hook by holding the line in place against the shank of the hook near the bend. Turn the free end of the line back toward the eye of the hook, creating a loop beside the shank. Wrap the free end of the line around the shank and line six times. Pull on the free end and main line above the hook to tighten the knot. Trim excess line from the free end of the snell with scissors.
Step 4
Slide five plastic beads down the main length of line so that they rest next to the hook eye. Insert the U-shaped clevis through the hole in a Colorado spinner blade. Thread the line through the small holes in the end of the U-shaped clevis. The spinner blade should be positioned with the concave side down toward the snelled hook.
Step 5
Place another bead on the line and slide down on top of the clevis. Measure 12 to 15 inches above the top bead and double the line to form a loop. Tie a simple overhand knot with the doubled line to form a loop in the line. Cut the line extending from the loop that is not attached to the crawler harness with scissors.

Tips & Warnings

Experiment with various color beads as well as gold and silver colored blades. It may be necessary to offer a wide variety of colors for sale.

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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