Minimalist Fishing Series: Homemade Fishing Lures!

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Homemade fishing lures – the cheap and easy way. I’m going for quality as well, but I don’t have time to spend hours on one lure, just to lose it the next time I get a snag. And I don’t want to lose 5 bucks every time I lose a lure, so the materials need to be inexpensive. In this series I want to explore the options we have to make high quality homemade fishing lures in the cheapest and most efficient way possible.

UPDATE: Here’s the first homemade fishing lures of the series:

The Jigging Spoon: Make a Jigging Spoon out of a Nail!

10-Minute Homemade Fishing Lure: Jerkbait Out of a Stick

Homemade Fishing Lures: The Spoon

Fishing: The Minimalist Hobby

In my quest for a simple and minimalist lifestyle, I’ve started fishing more often – it’s only as expensive as you want it to be, it’s relaxing, and when I hook a big one, it’s a rush! I haven’t made time to fish much since I was kid and my dad would take take me to the creek to catch Rock Bass and Bluegill, but now that I’m back at it, I’m loving it.

But I haven’t caught many fish. I found a spot that shows signs of life, and even caught a few little ones, but I realized that I needed to do some investigation to figure out how to catch fish consistently.

In the fishing hole (a cove on a lake near my house) I’ve noticed that there’s more shad here than most lakes, probably because  throw nets are illegal, and so I came to the conclusion that the predatory fish here are probably used to hunting and eating small shad. Sure enough, when I started spoons and spinners (that look like little shad), I started catching the early season trout and bass.

So I was pretty excited – not only was I pursuing a hobby that I’ve loved since my childhood, but it was an inexpensive, fun, and rewarding way to achieve minimalist living.

So there I was balancing on a couple small rocks just off the shoreline of the cove, casting my spinner as far as I could and retrieving it like the old Asian guy that had just hooked two nice Rainbows. I was enjoying the serenity of the calm evening lake, and grinning like an idiot as the sun danced on the surface of the lake.

And then, as I reeled in (peripherally observing the old gentleman who kept catching the fish I couldn’t), I got a snag.

Fishing Gets Expensive!

Frustrating. 5 minutes later, I got another snag.

By the time I had left, I’d lost 2 of my best spinners and 1 little Cleo spoon. That adds up to roughly $12 by the way.

As I wandered through the Bass Pro Shop the next day, I began to realize that this hobby may not be as inexpensive as I thought. Those spinners cost up to $10! And sure, I could buy the cheap ones for $3-$4, but if I lose just 1 or 2 lures a trip, I’ve started to rack up some serious expenses!

Now do I think it’s outrageous to spend tons of money on a hobby you love? Not necessarily. But in my case, I’d already spent $40 something on fishing license and local permits, not to mention the cash I shelled out on my ancient equipment in the first place.

The problem is clear: Fishing can be expensive.

But I realize it can also be very inexpensive – I just needed to do some research.

The Solution: Minimalist Fishing 

Minimalist Fishing – this isn’t exactly what I’m going for, but we’re getting close – how much do you think this guy spends on fishing equipment? 

Here’s my personal solution: Homemade fishing lures.

Thanks to Google and resourceful anglers all over the internet, I realized that I can make my own lures for a fraction of the cost, and often for free! And not only that, I’m finding all sorts of ways to make my own fishing gear across the board: slip bobbers, jigs, spoons, spinners, rods – pretty much anything and everything you need for the optimal fishing experience.

So in this Minimalist Fishing series, I plan on figuring out how to make the most effective, high quality fishing lures I can, out of cheap and free materials.

This is my first attempt, which actually turned out a little bit better than I expected. It’s basically a modified jigging spoon made out of nail and a paper clip. The paint is finger nail polish, which happens to be surprisingly hardy and water proof.


Here’s a better view of the lure.

Photo on 2013-04-12 at 14.47

This is the first of many homemade fishing lures that will only improve in time!

I hope this series helps us keep our expenses down as we enjoy the sport and hobby of Angling. Fishing… Do people say angling anymore?

Anyway, I hope this Homemade Fishing Lure series helps – good luck fishing!

UPDATE: Here’s the first homemade fishing lures of the series:

The Jigging Spoon: Make a Jigging Spoon out of a Nail!

10-Minute Homemade Fishing Lure: Jerkbait Out of a Stick

Homemade Fishing Lures: The Spoon