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Does anybody know anything about making fishing lures? I've heard of people
making crankbaits out of cedar, is anyone familiar with this? Can any of you share some tips on how to get started in making my own lures?

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I have made topwater plugs similar to a Zara Spooks. They are real easy just make the tubebody from a block of wood then drill holes in the "back" end and insert BB's or lead shot. Then pulg the holes with wood glue. This lets the plug sit with the tail end in the water and the head out allowing you to "walk the dog" like any topwater plug. Then you paint according to how you want it. Then you use small eye bolts(the little screws with about a 1/8" ring instead of a driver head) and split rings to attach treble hooks. Put one more eye bolt on the front end to tie line to. Then you go fisihin with it

Good Luck!!

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I've heard alot of guys say that they make their own spinnerbaits and jigs, do you know of anywhere that sells suplies to make these baits?

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Or even the plastic bills on crankbaits, where would I get something like this?

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Hello..I use to make fishing lures for myself,but have changed over to spearing decoys and other stuff...

1. Spinning lures...coat hangers work good for the wire(they are stury) Beads you can get any local retail store(walmart,kmart,ect...) And the blade can be made out of any metal cut to desired shape with tin snips.(i like copper or brass)....get crafty and creative after all it's your lure...hope this helps..

2. Bills for cranks can be made by cutting them out of a sheet of 1/4 inch plexyglass sand the side edges on the bottom but leave the midle thick (for the eye bolt)...you have to make a undercut into the lure for it to slide into ( it don't have to be deep only about 1/8 inch or so) glue it and put 2 small screws in it and add the line tie screw(eye bolt)..

...Get crafty and creative after all it's your lure...hope this helps..

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Yeah, that helps a bit.

I was reading in BASSMASTER and one of the pros on there said he bought his baits from some guy in Tenn. and he paid $50 each for crankbait!wow!

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There used to be a local tacke store where you could buy molds, you would put the jig head or spinnerbait wire in the mold then fill the mold with melted lead or whatever you wanted. when they cooled all you had to do is paint them. The store has closed, but the sold Bass Pro shops merchandise so they might carry it.

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Something like that would be wonderful! You think Bass pro might sell them?

I've looked in Cabelas and they had a few items but nothing that blew my mind. I hope I dont have to settle for what they have.
I'll have to check out BP, I'm way overdo for a trip there anyway!

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