How hard is it to make your own homemade fishing lures? This is the question I asked myself before I jumped into this Minimalist Fishing Series.
The answer ranges from simple to difficult, but for my first homemade fishing lure, the modified Jigging Spoon, it’s about as simple as it gets. It’s fairly unimpressive, but it’s also practically free.
To give you an idea of what the final product looks like, here’s my first homemade fishing lure, the modified jigging spoon:
The Modified Jigging Spoon
1. First, gather your materials:
Finger Nail Polish…
And the Treble Hook.
2. Twist the paper clip in a logical fashion around the nail. That is, make an eye for the line, and leave enough paper clip at the bottom for the treble hook.
3. Cut the nail to your preferred size – make sure you don’t cut the paper clip in the process!
4. Attach the treble hook to the paper clip.
5. Paint the lure with the finger nail polish you ganked from your wife or girlfriend (:
It’s as easy as that!
You may want to use different colors for different lures, and I would advise matching the colors of your target fish’s primary source of prey. Another good strategy is to find out what color the fish seem to be hitting more, and painting your lure to match their preference.
Another thing to keep in mind is the tools you can use: I only used a couple needle nose pliers, but it probably would have been easier if I had used something to hold it in place, like some kind of woodworking clamp. I’ll do that next time, but I’m going to use either a clamp I can make myself inexpensively, or something that I already have that will operate in a similar fashion.