How to Make Fishing Spoons

How to Make Fishing Spoons
Fishing spoons are one of those essential lures found in the tackleboxes of seasoned anglers. With a shape like the eating utensil it is named for, spoons wriggle through the water like a baitfish in distress, making them a lethal weapon in your pursuit of such fish as largemouth bass. The problem with spoons, though, is their tendency to snag on underwater obstacles where fish lurk. This is why many anglers enjoy making their own spoons with supplies available at any well-stocked tackle shop.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spoon blanks
  • Treble hooks
  • Split rings
  • Acrylic paints
  • Modelling brush
  • Vise bolted to a workbench
  • Needle-nose pliers
Step 1
Insert a split ring in both pre-drilled holes on either side of the spoon blank.
Step 2
Place the spoon in a vise, clamping the lure near the wider, rear end of the metal.
Step 3
Use the pliers to bend the head of the spoon gently back toward the convex side (the outward curve of the spoon). This will give the lure a slight S shape when viewed flat on a table. The shape gives your lure the necessary wriggle movement through the water. Increasing the outward bend in the lure will widen the wiggle arc on retrieval.
Step 4
Paint the convex side of the spoon to resemble the baitfish in the waters you'll be fishing. S-shaped red swirls on either edge of the spoon with a white stripe down the middle is a classic color combination for this type of lure.
Step 5
Attach a treble hook to the split ring on the wider end of the spoon.

Tips & Warnings

Be careful when threading treble hooks on split rings. Get a good grip on the hooks before you try spreading the split-ring to attach the treble.

Article Written By James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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