Making a Wood Trout Glide Bait

Making a Wood Trout Glide Bait

Making a Wood Trout Glide BaitMaking a wood trout glide bait is a great way to handcraft a lure that will catch a variety of gamefish. With a glide bait you can expect to catch Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Musky. It can also be used for other large freshwater fish around the globe.

And making the lure yourself gives you the satisfaction of catching fish on something that you created, not just something bought from the shelves of a retail store or online shop. That alone makes it worth spending the time making a wood trout glide bait.

Lure maker Paul Adams is today’s instructor. Paul has been making homemade lures for many years and always presents a great tutorial.

Shaping the Trout Glide BaitPaul starts out by showing us how he shapes his initial piece of wood. He draws out the desired shape on his wood material, using a paper template. Then he cuts it on a band saw. He then refines it a bit, using pencil marks and some sanding.

Paul then uses a craft knife to carve the square edges off the body. This gives it rounded edges, to more closely resemble the body of a trout.

You’ll notice that a bit of sanding to further shape and smooth the wood lure body helps bring it even closer to the finished shape. As Paul works with the sandpaper, it gives the lure a smooth surface texture that’s close to being ready for painting.

Once the desired shape is achieved, then it’s time to start working on other details, such as eye sockets, holes for screw eyes and larger holes for weights to be inserted into the belly of the lure.

Creating The Details

Trout Glide Bait Face PlatesPaul goes into great detail about how he creates the facial details of the trout, using more paper stencils, double-sided tape and epoxy. The results of this are impressive, as they give the face area of the lure a 3-dimensional realism.

At first this might seem like overkill and unnecessary. But as Paul progresses, the finished result shows that the extra work is well worth the effort!

Next, it’s time for some textured foil to be applied to the sides of the lure. This adds a very light scale look and will create more realism under the paint that is yet to be sprayed on.

And then it’s time for paint and the first coat of epoxy to be applied. And after letting it dry until the epoxy is tacky, a final coat of epoxy is applied. The lure is then left to dry for approximately 24 hours.

Paul is careful to use small amounts of heat on the epoxy finish shortly after brushing it on, to prevent bubbles from forming as the lure dries.

Trout Glide Bait - Paul with FishAnd, finally, it’s time to add the final hardware, such as screw eyes and hooks, and give the lure a test with some fish! And as you can see, Paul’s first fishing trip with his new lure was a success 🙂

Now, it’s time to go ahead and watch Paul walk through all of these steps in the video tutorial he created.

 

Enjoy the video!

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Building a Rattle Chamber in a Wooden Fishing Lure

Building a Rattle Chamber in a Wooden Fishing Lure

Building a Rattle Chamber in a Wooden Fishing LureBuilding a rattle chamber in a wooden fishing lure is the best way to overcome the lack of sound in most wooden fishing lures.

Despite being incredible fish catchers, most wooden lures lack the ability to make any kind of rattling or clicking sound. This is due to the fact that wooden lure bodies are inherently solid. They have no natural chambers in which to place rattles.

This tutorial will show you how to overcome that problem by building a rattle chamber in a wooden fishing lure. This will set your wooden lures apart from others by adding an internal rattle. Rattles can sometimes mean the difference between catching or not catching fish.

This method requires some tools, which are listed in the video below. And always be sure to use the appropriate safety gear and work methods to prevent injury!

You’ll need a few parts and components for this project. We’ve listed them at the very end of this article.

As with any project like this, watch the video and learn the method from a proven, experienced lure maker. Kermett Adams has been doing this for a very long time and makes some beautiful lures that catch big fish.

But don’t be afraid to experiment a little and improvise to come up with new ideas that might work better for you. You never know if something will work until you try it yourself 🙂

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Make a Homemade Walking Topwater Bait

Make a Homemade Walking Topwater Bait

Learn how to make a homemade walking topwater bait, similar to the Zara Spook Puppy in the tutorial below.

Make a Homemade Walking Topwater BaitZara Spooks and other walking topwater lures have been around for decades. They have have accounted for some giant bass over the years. There’s something about that cigar-shaped body zig-zagging back and forth across the surface of the water that big bass and other gamefish just can’t pass up.

So in light of their popularity, it’s not a bad idea to have a few of them in your tackle box so you can use them to catch some big fish too 🙂

Choosing to make a homemade walking topwater bait will give you lots of flexibility when it comes to sizes and colors of the baits you can use on different lakes. It will save you money when compared to buying factory-made baits. And due to its cigar shape, this is probably one of the easiest lures to make yourself.

For material, you will need some kind of wood piece. You can start with a wood block and carve the lure shape by hand. Or you can work it on a wood lathe, which is what is shown in the video below. You can even start with a good old fashioned wooden broomstick handle.

Wood Surface Lure BodiesIf you want to avoid all of the carving or the lathe work, you can also use a pre-carved wood body. We’ve provided a link to them below the video. You can also click on the photo to the left. Using a wood lure blank that’s already been shaped for you eliminates most of the hard stuff. It allso allows you to just paint the lure and assemble it.

Either way, whether you choose to build the lure 100% from scratch or use some pre-carved parts, you will have the versatility of creating the lure exactly the way you want it to be. And catching fish on a homemade lure is always much more satisfying than catching them on a factory lure 🙂

One last advantage to making your own lures is that it gives you the opportunity to tinker and experiment with your lure design. This allows you to test new ideas and maybe come up with something that can’t be bought in store.

So get ready to take a few notes and learn from the video.

Enjoy your new homemade topwater lure!

One side note about this project. The lure maker in the video used screw eyes that were considerably bigger than those used by the factory. Please be advised that using screw eyes that are too big will seriously alter the action of the lure.

We recommend using screw eyes that are as close as possible to the size used by the factory on the original lure 😉

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Tricks to Make Your Buzzbaits Catch More Fish

Tricks to Make Your Buzzbaits Catch More Fish

Tricks to Make Your Buzzbaits Catch More FishWant to learn some Tricks to Make Your Buzzbaits Catch More Fish?

Buzzbaits are one of the most exciting lures used to catch bass. And when the buzzbait bite is hot, some of the biggest bass in the lake can be caught by chunking a buzzbait.

But, no matter what kind of buzzbait you throw, whether you made it yourself or bought it in a retail package, there are always ways to make them catch more fish. Today we’re going to show you some of the best tips and tricks to make this happen.

First, did you realize that buzzbaits should be broken in before you use them? Absolutely! This is pretty easy to do, a couple of different ways. The first way is to simply hold the buzzbait out the window as you drive to the lake. This isn’t the safest way to do it, since it takes your attention off of your driving.

The best way to do it, without worrying about getting distracted, is to use a plastic tie wrap to attach the buzzbait to your car or truck antenna and then leave it there while you drive. This lets the blade spin in the wind, wearing the blade and rivet in and causing them to squeak loudly on the retrieve.

One of the easiest tricks to make your buzzbaits catch more fish is to use a good pair of pliers to squeeze the rivet and crimp it down on the top wire shaft. Slide the rivet all the way to the back end of the wire and crimp it down as tightly as you can.

Now, with that rivet stationary, there will be plenty of friction between the rivet and the buzzbait blade. This will create a squeaking noise that will attract more fish and trigger more strikes! And the more you use your buzzbait, the louder that squeak will get 🙂

These are just a couple of the easiest tricks to make your buzzbaits catch more fish. There are a few more in the video below, so be sure to give it a watch.

And the next time you make new buzzbaits, or even if you buy a new one, be sure to use these great modifications to squeeze more bites out of your buzzbait and put more fish in your boat!

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How to Wire Tie a Jig Skirt

How to Wire Tie a Jig Skirt

how to wire tie a jig skirtUsing pre-made silicone skirts is the absolute easiest way to put a skirt on a jig, spinnerbait or buzzbait. It doesn’t get any easier. But pre-made skirts have some disadvantages and limitations. The best thing you can do to make truly custom skirted lures, such as jigs, is to learn how to wire tie a jig skirt.

Learning how to wire tie a jig skirt opens up unlimited doors when it comes to the color combinations you can create. It also creates skirts that are much more durable and long-lasting. And it lets you make skirts that won’t come off unless you intentionally remove them.

The problem with using the wire tying method is that it’s a bit tricky to get used to. It can be tough to overcome the learning curve if you try to learn it on your own. The best way to learn how to wire tie a jig skirt is to have someone knowledgeable show you how they do it.

Maybe you don’t know anyone who knows how to do this. Or maybe you do know someone, but they’re not willing to take the time to show you how it’s done. If that’s the case, keep reading. We’ve got your solution 🙂

Why Tie a Skirt with Wire?

First of all, why would anyone want to learn how to wire tie a jig skirt if it seems so hard to learn? Why not just use the skirts that come already made? Or why not just use skirt bands to make your skirts?

placing the skirt tabs on the jig headAs mentioned above, wire tied skirts give you unlimited options when it comes to color combinations. And creating a skirt using the wire tying method gives you very precise control of how the finished skirt looks. It allows you to place strands of various colors in very specific places in the skirt.

Having this much control over the placement of various colors allows you to create near-exact imitations of just about any species of prey or baitfish. This gives your baits a very natural look, which can help trigger bites in highly-pressured lakes and rivers.

The other big reason to wire tie your jig skirts is so they last longer.

Silicone and rubber skirt collars are good. But wire tied skirts just last so much longer. Rubber skirt collars are known for drying our after a while. This causes them to crack or stretch. Once this happens, the skirt can come off your jig, spinnerbait or buzzbait with no warning.

Finished swim jig with wire tied skirtIt’s not uncommon for a skirt to fly apart on a cast or while fighting a fish because the rubber collar became old and tired. Rubber skirt collars can also fall apart while sitting in your tackle box. There’s nothing more frustrating than picking a brand new jig up out of your tackle box and finding the skirt falling apart because the collar dried out. And this can happen to a lure that’s never been fished!

Silicone skirt collars are a little more forgiving, since silicone doesn’t dry out as fast as rubber. But it still has limitations when it comes to creating precise color patterns. It’s much more difficult to place various colors in exact locations in a skirt made with a silicone skirt collar.

So, there you have it. The case for tying skirts with wire vs. using skirt collars is pretty strong. This is especially true if you want to create precise color patterns or if you’re looking for skirts that just plain last longer.

So grab your skirt tabs, your scissors and a handful of jig heads, spinnerbait heads or buzzbait heads and get busy!

Here’s the excellent video tutorial. Enjoy!

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