Custom Painting a Bluegill Crankbait

Custom Painting a Bluegill Crankbait

Custom Painting a Bluegill CrankbaitIn the bass fishing world, the Bluegill pattern is one of the most popular crankbait patterns sold everywhere. That’s why Custom Painting a Bluegill Crankbait is a critical skill to learn if you want to sell your lures to others. Bluegill patterns flat out catch fish!

In today’s blog post we will be featuring a video lure painting tutorial from Michael Orensteen. Michael has been custom painting crankbaits and other hard body lures for quite a while now. His persistence at constantly learning new techniques, and improving his skill set has caused him to become very good at what he does!

So today he will be sharing his tips and tricks for Custom Painting a Bluegill Crankbait. Michael states right up front that painting this particular pattern isn’t nearly as hard as it looks. So, to back that claim, he shows us what it takes.

Michael does a great job of explaining how to start with a base coat and then use layers of color for a realistic look. It’s important to remember that nothing in nature is perfect. So trying to achieve perfection in your lure paint scheme isn’t necessary.

One other important point that Michael makes is that the tutorials are meant to teach methods, but not to encourage outright copying or duplication. It’s best to learn techniques and then use your imagination and experiment with variations to see what you come up with yourself.

Bluegills may look different in your area than they do in another region. So always keep that in mind when trying to mimic the natural baitfish in your area lakes, ponds and rivers. And remember that your lure isn’t going to be sitting still for the bass to examine closely. So triggering a bite is the most important thing you want to accomplish.

As always, we’ve included a list of items needed to create this type of bait and color pattern.

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Make a Simple Inline Spinner From a Kit

Make a Simple Inline Spinner From a Kit

Make a Simple Inline Spinner From a KitIf you make a simple inline spinner from a kit, you’ve just made one of the best fish catchers known to man! And because you made it from a kit, you didn’t have to shop around for lots of different parts.

Lure making kits are the cheapest and easiest way to start making your own lures. When you buy a lure making kit, you’re getting everything you need to make a fair number of lures, all in one box.

We all know that catching a fish on a lure you made yourself is one of the most satisfying aspects of fishing. Catching fish is fun. But catching fish on homemade lures is truly exciting in a way that can’t be explained.

If you were to set out to make your own inline spinners without buying a kit, you’d have to buy several different components, in various sizes and colors just to get started. That can be a bit intimidating when you’re first starting out.

But if you want to make a simple inline spinner from a kit, all of the preliminary homework has been done for you. Lure making kits are great because they include everything you need, without you having to do a lot of research and leg work tracking down the various lure parts.

All you need to do is look through your kit and pick out the parts you want to use for your new spinner. Once you do that, the rest is just a matter of assembling those parts and then going out and catching some fish!

Below you’ll find a great video tutorial that shows you each step needed to make a simple inline spinner from a kit. The tutorial is clear and concise. Best of all, it takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish!

So go ahead and grab your kit, along with a pair of pliers and wire cutters, and you’re ready to go! And, as always, you’ll find a list of needed items below the video.

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Painting a Pike Pattern Lure

Painting a Pike Pattern Lure

Painting a Pike Pattern LurePainting a pike pattern lure isn’t something that too many lure painters or lure makers talk about. Most people tend to stick to the more popular patterns, such as bluegills, baby bass and perch.

But in areas where Pike are the prevalent gamefish, it makes perfect sense to create a lure that mimics a juvenile Northern Pike. So painting a pike pattern lure is something that lure makers for those parts of the world should learn.

Once again, today’s tutorial presenter is Paul Adams. Paul has been at this craft for a long time and has created a great video showing that painting a pike pattern lure isn’t as difficult as some might think.

So let’s get started!

Paul starts off with a Zara Spook lure body that he made from a broom handle. He has held a contest and will be painting this lure for the winner of that contest. Paul even throws in a bit of personalization for the proud winner by adding decals to the lure.Paul Adams Preparing to Paint a Pike Pattern on a Lure

Paul explains that he has given the lure two coats of 5-minute epoxy to seal the wood lure body and protect it from moisture. @ coats of white primer are then sprayed on as a base coat.

He then goes on to spray the lure body with some black acrylic ink called Liquitex. The black is used as a foundation for the remainder of the paint work. Using black prevents the white from showing through when he starts using shades of green.

Paul alternates between his airbrush and a hair dryer, making sure to keep the ink drying quickly so as to prevent any problems with it running or sagging. The black is sprayed on the entire lure body, with the exception of the belly area.

And then it’s time to start making it look more like a baby pike!

Now it’s time to put some special “tools” to use. First up is a piece of scale netting that will be used to paint the scale pattern on the lure body. This effect adds a lot of realism to the lure. White paint is used for this. And the white paint gets thinned down to prevent the scales from being too overpowering.

Scales have to be sprayed on very lightly. The paint should dry almost immediately upon hitting the surface of the lure blank. Once again, a hair dryer can be used to speed up the drying process, if needed.

After the white scales are completed, it’s time for some gold scales. And using a hair dryer to speed up the drying process is a good idea. Once everything has dried completely, then the scale netting can be removed.

More paint is sprayed onto the back and sides of the lure. This time it’s a green color. This paint is sprayed lightly and it is fairly transparent. So it allows the previously painted scales to continue to show through.

Black is then sprayed on the back of the lure and in the area where the eyes will be located. And then some more white is sprayed onto the belly area to clean things up a bit. This is necessary due to the fact that all of the other spraying kind of overlaps in the belly area and doesn’t look quite as nice as it could.

Now it’s time to grab a white acrylic marker and draw some stripes on the side of the lure. This helps mimic more accurately the coloring of a juvenile pike, versus an adult pike. And then it’s time to spray on the eyes. This is done using a piece of plastic with holes punched in it.

There are still a few minor steps left to complete this lure. But we’ll let Paul show you in the video below.

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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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