How Do I Make a Homemade Fishing Lure?

How Do I Make a Homemade Fishing Lure?
Fishing lures are used by anglers to attract and catch a variety of fish in both fresh and saltwater conditions. Lures are manufactured by many different companies and are readily available for purchase in tackle shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. However, many anglers choose to make their own customized lures at home. It is possible to make lures without having to buy individual components that go into a lure. Often items already on hand can be transformed into homemade lures.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wine bottle cork
  • Sandpaper
  • Pencil
  • Knife
  • Long shank fish hook
  • Waterproof glue
  • Enamel paint
  • Small paintbrush
Step 1
Rinse a wine bottle cork under running water and allow it to thoroughly dry. Determine the shape of the top water popper lure you will be making. Keep in mind that the front of the lure will need to be larger than the back to achieve the popping noise and action you want on the water.
Step 2
Sand the cork using medium and then fine grit sandpaper to achieve the desired shape. Place the shaped cork lure on a sturdy work surface and draw a line down the middle of the cork from front to back with a pencil.
Step 3
Cut the cork with a sharp knife following the pencil line. Insert the blade of the knife so the cut will be made 1/2-inch deep into the body of the cork. Follow the pencil line and cut the cork from front to back.
Step 4
Insert a long shank hook into the cut in the cork. Choose a hook based on the size of the cork. Position the hook so the hook's eye extends from the front of the cork popper lure and the bend of the hook extends only slightly from the back of the cork.
Step 5
Glue the hook in place using waterproof glue. Apply glue along the hook shank, around the hook eye and around the bend of the hook. Allow the glue to completely dry before continuing work on the lure. Sand any excess glue from the body of the cork lure with sandpaper.
Step 6
Paint the popper with enamel paint and a hobby brush to resemble a small frog, mouse or other natural bait food that a fish might pursue. Layer different colors on the lure and include eyes to give the lure a realistic appearance. Allow each coat of paint to dry before applying another coat.

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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