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Making Through Wire Musky Lures

Making Through Wire Musky Lures

Making Through Wire Musky LuresMaking through wire musky lures is something that not a lot of people understand. But in order to make a musky lure that will endure the vicious strikes and severe punishment it will be subjected to, it’s pretty imperative that every lure used to catch musky be fitted with through wire construction.

We want to show you how making through wire musky lures can be done by even novice lure makers. We have a video below that will demonstrate this technique, step by step. Best of all, the lure maker in this video uses an oversized lure, to make it easier to see the details of what’s being done.

Why Through Wire Construction?

The objective behind through wire construction is to create lures that will last longer and stand up to extreme conditions. Musky lures are just one example. Another good example would be lures made to catch big striped bass, or even big Peacock Bass in South America.

When a lure uses through wire construction, it will be virtually impossible for a big fish to pull the hooks from the lure. It basically eliminates a point of failure by replacing screw eyes with heavy-duty twisted wire.

How Does it Work?

Through wire construction uses a solid piece of heavy wire that runs from the nose of the lure, through to the tail hook. Additionally, some lure makers run the wire from the nose to the belly. All in all, the wire aspects of the lure are pretty close to indestructible, at least by the fish.

through wire crankbait by Brandon Seutter

Here’s a great example of through wire construction on a smaller crankbait designed to catch bass.

On most baits, the wire in the nose acts as the line tie. The wire that exits the rear of the bait is the hook hanger for the rear hook. The wire is twisted to create hook attachments that will stand up to abuse. If the lure maker chooses to run a wire to the belly hook this will eliminate the need for a screw eye in the belly.

Why Not Use Screw Eyes?

Screw eyes work well under “normal” conditions. But under the extreme conditions created by large muskies, a screw eye would more than likely be yanked from the lure body after just a few fish.

Some lure makers like to use epoxy to hold their screw eyes in place. And this is a great idea, but it still won’t create an attachment point strong enough to stand up to hooking, fighting and landing several good muskies or other large gamefish.

The Actual Process of Making Through Wire Musky Lures

Now it’s time to put theory behind us and get to work with the actual process of making through wire musky lures. Because this process has a few different steps, we have included three different videos below. These three videos cover the process pretty thoroughly.

In the first video below you will be shown how to run the wire through the body of your lure.

The second video shows how to drill through the center of your wood lure body, creating a path for your wire to run through.

The third video will show you how to twist your wire to create the loops necessary to hold the hooks and tie your line to. You will also learn how to bend the wire in a way that is sure to hold the hooks in place, even under the most demanding conditions.

We’ve also included a 4th video that shows a couple other methods for wiring a wood lure.

How to drill a hole through the center of your lure.

How to Make a Tail Loop in Your Wire

Wiring a Wooden Lure

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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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