How to Make Rubber Fishing Baits

How to Make Rubber Fishing BaitsFishing lures aren't always cheap, and the costs can add up quickly if you are going through lures and bait faster than you'd like. If you are looking to save some money, making your own fishing lures and baits is a great way to cut down on costs and experiment with different ways of attracting fish. You can use surgical tubing to make rubber fishing baits that will cost next to nothing.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Surgical tubing (white, black, red or yellow) Scissors or knife Hook
  • Surgical tubing (white, black, red or yellow)
  • Scissors or knife
  • Hook
Step 1
Cut 4 to 6 inches of surgical tubing off to form your lure. Red, yellow, black or white tubing will be the most successful at attracting fish. If you are fishing shallower waters or going after smaller fish, you might want to go smaller than this.
Step 2
Cut the back one-third of the tubing at an angle, narrowing at the end to resemble a tail.
Step 3
Run fishing line through the middle of the tube before typing the hook on. The hook will then pull the rubber bait along and be there when a fish tries to catch your bait by the tail.

Tips & Warnings

Tie the sinker 6 to 9 inches up the line from the front of the lure.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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