How to Make a Tube Jig

How to Make a Tube Jig

How to Make a Tube JigTube baits have been around for a very long time. They’ve caught bass from coast to coast, and around the globe. They have been around so long that they are often overlooked. But don’t be fooled. They still catch a ton of bass in a wide variety of conditions. So, today, let’s learn How to Make a Tube Jig!

Making a tube jig is probably one of the easiest things to do, especially when compared to pouring weedless jigs and other baits that require multiple components or multiple steps. They are quick and easy, and they don’t require a lot of components.

What Size?

Before you get started, you’ll need to determine what size tube jigs will work best for your style of fishing.

Some people use them in shallow lakes and ponds where you won’t need anything heavier than a 1/4 oz. size. Others may fish deep, clear western lakes, where jigs up to 1 oz. may be required in order to get the bait down to the fish and keep it there, even when the wind is blowing.

Hook Sizes and Colors

The hook size you choose will vary also, based on the size of the jighead and the size of the baits you’ll be fishing with. Smaller tubes will require you to use a smaller hooks. And of course, bigger tubes will require a bigger hook.

Regarding the color of the hook you use, that will depend on what species of fish you’re targeting.

If you’re fishing for bass, bronze or black nickel hooks will do fine. But if you’re targeting panfish, like Crappie of Bluegills, a lot of anglers prefer to use a gold hook. There’s something about the shine of a gold hook that gets the attention of the panfish!

Time to Pour!

Once you’ve made the choices mentioned above, it’s time to get started with pouring!

Make sure your mold is pre-heated and smoked, so you don’t run into any problems with partial pours due to a cold mold, or with the lead sticking to the mold.

Then, just pour to your heart’s content!

The video below will show you just how easy it is to learn how to make a tube jig. And the list below the video will help you find the exact items needed for this project.

Enjoy the video, and be sure to head to the lake afterward and catch some fish on your new tube jigs!

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How to Make an Underspin

How to Make an Underspin

How to Make an UnderspinUnderspins are a great bait for catching bass under a variety of conditions. They tend to shine, though, when the water is cold. Let’s learn How to Make an Underspin so we will be ready the next time we have to fish in cold water!

The underspin is a pretty simple bait. It only has a few parts and doesn’t require a ton of expertise when it comes to putting one together. The fact that it only requires a few parts also makes it an inexpensive bait to make.

And the best part is that you can choose to pour the heads yourself, as shown in the video below. Or, if you prefer not to pour lead and work with molds, hooks, wires, etc., you can just buy them pre-poured and pre-painted, and add the blades yourself. Either way, it saves you money and gives you 100% freedom when it comes to customizing your baits.

Where to Start

If you want to start from scratch and pour your own lead, you’ll need to gather the items needed. This will include the mold, the hooks, the wires, the blades, the swivels and the eyes. We have a list of all the items at the end of this post.

You will also need a pair of pliers, some gloves and some safety glasses, to make sure you stay safe while building these.

The Pouring

Once you’ve gathered all the necessary parts and materials, you’ll need to heat up your melting pot and get the mod prepared for pouring.

At this point, you will need to decide which size(s) you want to pour, and then add hooks to the corresponding cavities. Then pour to your heart’s content!

The Paint

How to Make an UnderspinWhen you’ve reached the quantity you were working toward, then it’s time to get ready to paint the heads.

You can do a single color or multiple colors on each head. No mater which color(s) you choose, powder paint is your best bet for easy painting and a super-durable finish that will last and last.

Powder paint requires no spraying, creates no fumes, needs no special ventilation, and it’s super, super easy to do. Just be sure to bake your baits in the oven after painting, to make the finish rock-hard and super-durable.

And, since you’re painting it yourself, you can be as basic or as fancy as you want to be. You’re the boss 🙂

Assembling Your New Underspins

As you can see already, learning How to Make an Underspin is pretty easy. So, at this point, all you have left to do is to assemble your new underspin. Because there are very few components, it’s really just a matter of adding some stick-on eyes and then attaching a swivel and a blade.

And that’s it.

Using Pre-poured Heads

Swim MinnowNow, if you want to skip all of the lead pouring and painting, you can just get the pre-painted underspin heads, along with the blades and swivels, and you’ll be well onto your way to having what you need to make your own custom underspins, without all the fuss and work.

Best of all, Using these pre-poured, pre-painted heads means you’ll only need to attach a swivel and a blade and you’re finished. You’re ready to add a soft plastic trailer and go catch some fish with it.

The How-To

Now that you’re somewhat familiar with the process of How to Make an Underspin, be sure to watch the video below, so you can see it being done and follow the steps one-by-one.

Enjoy!

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Make A Spinnerbait for Night Fishing

Make A Spinnerbait for Night FishingNight fishing for bass isn’t as popular as daytime fishing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not effective! Read on to learn how to make a spinnerbait for night fishing that will catch more bass than any other lure you choose to try.

It’s no secret that big bass like to feed after dark, especially during the warmer months. Big bass are easier to fool after dark, since they are less able to detect anything about your lure that shows them that it’s not real.

As you set out to Make A Spinnerbait for Night Fishing, there are a few very important things you can do to make your spinnerbaits catch far more fish than spinnerbaits sold in stores. And that is exactly what we will be discussing in this article.

Bait Sizes

The size of the spinnerbait you throw after dark is one of the biggest factors that will help you catch bigger fish. When you Make A Spinnerbait for Night Fishing, it has to be bulky. It needs to be big enough to create a commotion that will get the attention of a big bass and get that bass to attack it.

The depth of the water you’ll be fishing will also be a factor. Deeper water will require a heavier bait. But it’s important to remember that deep is relative for whatever body of water you’re fishing. So, here’s a rule of thumb for night spinnerbait sizing.

If the water is 6 feet deep or less, a 1/2 oz. bait will be sufficient. If you’re fishing 6-12 feet, bump it up to a 3/4 oz. bait. Water deeper than this will require a 1 oz. bait, preferably with a bit smaller blade than you would use for shallow water. The smaller blade will allow the bait to stay down deeper where it can hug the bottom better.

Bait Color

Big Bass Caught at Night on a SpinnerbaitNight fishing spinnerbaits will almost always work best in dark colors. Black and purple are both good colors. Blades also don’t need to be bright, so there is no need to use bright, shiny blades when you Make A Spinnerbait for Night Fishing.

Brass blades are a great choice for night spinnerbaits because they don’t give off as much shine as the plated blades do. And a brass blade will usually get duller over time, making it more effective in low-light conditions.

Choosing the Right Wire

One of the biggest keys to making a spinnerbait that works well after dark is making sure that it gives off as much vibration as possible. Bass feed at night primarily by vibration, using the lateral line to detect motion and find their prey.

Heavy wire robs a lure of much of its vibration, so lighter wire is best. Stick to wires between .35 and .40 diameter. Keep in mind, also, that R-bend wire is better than the wire with the twisted eye when it comes to allowing the wire to vibrate as much as possible.

Best Blade for Night Fishing

Hammered Colorado BladeThe undisputed king of blades for night fishing is the Colorado blade. A spinnerbait with a single Colorado blade will create far more vibration than any other blade style or combination.

Blades in the size 6 – 8 range will work best, depending the depth you plan on fishing.

1/2 baits will work well with a size 6 or 7, while heavier baits will be better equipped with a size 7 or size 8.

Keep in mind that the depth you’ll be fishing will also come into play when choosing a blade size. Fishing water deeper than 8-10 feet is usually best done with blades in the size 6 or 7 range on a heavy bait. Bigger blades will tend to give the bait too much “lift”, causing it to rise out of the strike zone when retrieved.

Skirt Colors

As with the color of the lure body, the color of your skirt should also be dark. Black, or a combination of Black & Blue or Black & Purple will work well anywhere.

Sometimes it pays to experiment with other secondary colors to mix with the black. Red or blue will also work well.

Just remember that the primary goal of the skirt is to help present a bulky profile, so the darker colors help with creating that look by creating a better silhouette in low-light conditions.

What About The Swivel?

For the swivel, keep it simple. Use only a ball bearing swivel. You’ll want that large Colorado blade to spin easily. The best way to make sure that happens is by using a high-quality swivel that turns as easily as possible.

Putting it All Together

Once you’ve chosen your components and decided on the size of the lure you want to build, it’s time to assemble it all. You can watch the short video below for a quick how-to demo.

Once you’ve put a few of these together, go out and enjoy catching big bass after dark!

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How to Make a Buzzbait

How to Make a Buzzbait

How to Make a BuzzbaitBuzzbaits and Summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. So, since we’re moving into summer, in this post we’re going to learn How to Make a Buzzbait.

As you learn how to make a buzzbait, there are a few tips and tricks that will not only make it easier, but will also help you catch more fish with the buzzbaits you make. And these tricks are easy to implement, so you don’t need to worry about anything complicated.

Choosing The Right Buzzbait Head

First, you want to make sure you’re working with a high quality buzzbait head that will last a long time. You also want a buzzbait head that climbs up onto the surface of the water quickly, and stays there without having to retrieve it too fast.

You also want a buzzbait head that keeps the hook below the surface of the water during the retrieve, which helps increase your hookup ratio, allowing you to hook and land more of the fish that hit. The Pro Planer Buzzbait head fits this description perfectly, since it features a “planing” head that has a flat bottom surface.

Choosing The Right Buzzbait Blade

Double Arm BuzzbaitYou will also need to choose the type of blade you want to use. There are several types of buzzbait blades to choose from, made from various materials, including aluminum and plastic.

Which type of blade you decide on will be based on the type of noise you want the buzzbait to make. Some buzzbait blades make more noise than others.

There are also varying numbers of “wings” on buzzbait blades, ranging from 2 to 4 wings. The more wings a blade has, the slower you can retrieve it and still keep it on the water’s surface. Blades with more wings will also create a “smoother” sound.

You can also get buzzbait heads that allow the use of two blades. This configuration will let you build a bait that pretty much crawls across the surface at the slowest possible pace. This is great for fishing after dark, giving the bass more time to find your lure and attack it from below.

Let’s Talk About Skirts

The skirt will be the primary component that will create the color palette, if you will. You can choose from a slew of color patterns when it comes to pre-tied skirts.

But you can customize even further if you want to take the time and effort to make your own skirts. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what prey you want to imitate. Choosing different color combinations can also help tailor a bait to specific weather conditions, amounts of daylight or levels of water clarity.

In the end, most people tend to pick colors that they have confidence in on their local lakes and rivers.

Putting It All Together

After you’ve picked all of your components, it’s just a matter of putting it all together to create a finished bait.

The process is really straight forward and doesn’t require any special tools. The only tool needed is a decent pair of needle nosed pliers.

Assembly is easy, especially if you have a tutorial to follow. So be sure to watch the video below. It gives a great walk-through when it comes to assembly. It also gives some great pointers to tweak your bait to help it attract more fish.

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If you enjoyed this article, you might also want to read this article, Spinnerbait and Buzzbait Mods to Catch More Fish.

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Build Your Own Kastmaster Style Fishing Spoons

Build Your Own Kastmaster Style Fishing Spoons

Kastmaster style spoons have been around for decades. They flat out catch fish, whether in freshwater or saltwater. So we’d like to show you how to Build Your Own Kastmaster Style Fishing Spoons, and save some money in the process.

With these lures being made of solid steel, the prices have recently started climbing substantially. And, with these increases, this style of lure is no longer inexpensive to buy.

Save Money By Making Them Yourself

But, there is good news! We’re going to show you how to Build Your Own Kastmaster Fishing Spoons for Cheap, saving you some of your hard-earned money for other things.

You can learn to Build Your Own Kastmaster Fishing Spoons. It’s quite simple to do, since there are only a few components involved. The time it will take you to make one is minimal, at less than 5 minutes.

We’ve listed all of the required components below, as well as a few accessories to make the task even easier. And the only tools you will need is a pair of good split ring pliers. You can see them here.

Quick, Easy Lure Assembly

Be sure that you know the front of the lure from the back, since they look pretty much the same at a quick glance. On these lures, the front is the skinnier end, and the rear is the fatter end. So be sure to attach your hook to the fat end.

Select the size spoon you’d like to work with in order to get started. Then add a single treble hook to the tail split ring. If you don’t want any further customizations, you’re all done.

Customize Your Spoon

But, if you prefer to build your lures to suit a particular species or a certain body of water, then feel free to use lure tape or lure dip to very quickly and easily customize the color of the bait.

Sometimes the slightest variation in color can make the difference between getting bites or going home empty-handed. So don’t be afraid to experiment!

The video below walks you through the steps to Build Your Own Kastmaster Style Fishing Spoons. So follow along, and then take your new spoons out and catch some fish!

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If you’d like to learn how to make a Chatterbait style bladed jig, click here.

Special thanks to Spilt Milt Productions for creating this great video.

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