Crafting New Lure Designs for Family Fishing

It seems that very few of the bass tournament pros use fishing lures as-is, straight out of the package. Most seem to make a minor adjustment, tweaking the color or hook size or other modifications. This is partially because each angler thinks this is improving the lure. But I also believe that anglers like to create, and these modifications make the lure unique. Even if lure companies manufactured exactly what the angler wanted, adjustments would still be made here and there. 

We can use this same creative energy to help kids get more into fishing. For example, my daughter loves crafts but doesn’t always want to fish. A visit to her crafting supplies reveals many fishing lure possibilities. When kids can turn lures into their own creations, the family fishing trip may become more fun. Kids will be proud of the results of their designs.

Some Crafty Ways to Alter Fishing Lures

Colored tape. Not only will this alter the general color of a lure but kids can use a hole puncher to add striking (sorry about that) eye spots to spoons and such. The thicker, shinier tape types seem to hold up better in water.  

Beads. Various colors and sizes can be used in assembling multi lure rigs or a Carolina rig.

Pompons. Actually, these tiny puff balls work pretty good as is. For fly fishing they resemble fish eggs or a piece of bread or dog food when chumming carp or catfish.

Markers. Bassmaster Elite, Todd Faircloth uses highlighter markers to add some flare to the ends of soft plastic crayfish pinchers. When she was young, Dave Mercer’s daughter would use a sharpie to draw faces on bobbers.

Scissors. Handy for making minor, exact shape adjustments or removing appendages of soft plastic creature baits. 

Superglue. Great for putting back on those appendages that you removed.  Also keeps soft plastics from sliding off hook.

Rattle eyes. Create some new bug-eyed creature. You’ll need the superglue again.

Have you and/or your kids crafted a new lure design? Did this fish approve? Be sure to check for additional tips for family fishing.
Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.