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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 😉

Items used for this project:

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And, as always, if you need any kind of lure-making supplies, be sure to visit our website, at http://lurepartsonline.com

How to Make a Fishing Lure From a Wooden Paint Brush Handle

How to Make a Fishing Lure From a Wooden Paint Brush Handle

How to Make a Fishing Lure From a Wooden Paint Brush Handle

Making a lure from a paint brush handle – A work in progress

It’s no secret that fishing lures can be made from a variety of materials. Wood, plastic, & metal are just a few on the list. And within each of those materials, there is a list of sub-materials, if you will, that can be used.

There’s poly resin, soft plastic, PVC to start the plastic material list.

For wood, there’s balsa, pine, cedar, jelutong and a host of other types of tree-based materials.

When it comes to metal materials for lure making, there’s brass, copper, stainless steel, aluminum and many others.

So you can see that the list of possibilities when it comes to what to make a fishing lure from is pretty unlimited. It is, in fact, limited only by your imagination.

In this month’s blog post we’re going to show you how to make a wood lure from a regular, everyday 1 1/2 – 2 inch wooden paintbrush handle. Doing this will save you a ton of time when it comes to carving and shaping the lure body, since a large portion of the work has already been done at the paintbrush factory.

Creating and assembling this lure will require only some basic tools, which we’ll cover in the actual tutorial. We will also give you a link to a list of those tools at the end of this article, so you’ll know ahead of time exactly what tools you’ll need.

We will also be showing you how to foil your lure for a more natural, realistic look that will reflect light and catch the attention of the fish you’re after. Foiling sounds hard to a lot of people, but Paul Adams shows exactly how it’s done in the video below.

One of the cool things about using this method is that you don’t need a lathe to shape the lure and the amount of hand-shaping and sanding that’s needed is minimal. This saves you a lot of time and work, so you can focus more on the finish work and get out fishing with it more quickly 🙂

Finished paint brush handle fishing lure

Finished paint brush handle fishing lure

The end result is a lure that sinks and can be worked at just about any depth, making it a very versatile lure for many species of fish. Once you’ve made your first one of these you can experiment with the weighting on any subsequent lures of this type that you make, to achieve different sink rates.

Don’t be afraid to use your imagination once you’ve gotten this lure-making method down. A few little tweaks here and there can give you very different results when it comes to the action of this lure.

In the video tutorial below, you’ll learn how to cut the handle off of the paint brush at the proper angle, mark the “lure body” for drilling and weighting, insert weights, screw eyes and other hardware, sand the body slightly and then prep it for foiling.

Paul will walk you through the foiling process, step by step, and then on to painting your lure and getting it ready to fish with.

So check your cupboards or closets and see if you might have an old wooden paint brush laying around that’s no longer of use. You might just be able to recycle it and make a great fishing lure from it!

Enjoy the video 🙂

List of Tools and Materials Needed – Click Here