How to Make Your Own Soft Plastic Fishing Bait

How to Make Your Own Soft Plastic Fishing BaitSoft baits and lures are popular tackle pieces used for bass, crappie, bluegill and northern pike, to name a few. These soft baits may be made in your home workshop or kitchen with supplies purchased from a bait and tackle store, and a hobby shop. Because part of the process requires heat, take care to keep a fire extinguisher near your project space, should your plastic catch fire. Making and pouring your own soft baits lets you customize the color scheme, size and scent.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Double boiler or sauce pan
  • Measuring cup
  • Liquid plastic
  • Bait molds
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Lure scent oil
  • Color or glitter for lures
  • 1/O through 5/O hooks
  • Paper towels or cloth
  • Utility knife or razor
Step 1
Pour the quantity of liquid plastic needed to fill your molds. Look on the molds or the boxes they came in to see how many ounces of liquid plastic per mold are needed. Measure out the liquid plastic in a measuring cup. Turn on the stove to medium high and place a double boiler or sauce pan on the heat.
Step 2
Pour the liquid plastic into the boiler or saucepan to let it melt further. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon, and slowly add one drop of color to the mix until you achieve the shade you desire. Add glitter if you wish during this point.
Step 3
Set the molds onto a flat surface and place the hooks into the molds in the small slot designed to hold them in place. Pour the liquid melted plastic into the molds and leave flat for five minutes. Before letting them dry, tap the sides to bring any air bubbles to the top of the mold.
Step 4
Fill a flat pan with cold water. Place the molds in the cold water for 10 minutes to help set the plastic and harden it into the desired mold shape. After 10 minutes, remove the baits from the mold. Remove the baits by turning the molds upside down and pushing down on the molds.
Step 5
Trim the bait edges where there is excess plastic with a utility knife or razor blade. Coat the bait with the scented lure oil if you wish.

Tips & Warnings

Keep a fire extinguisher next to the saucepan or double boiler should a fire start or the plastic begins to burn.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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