Carve Your Own Fishing Lures
I started carving fishing lures after visiting a sporting-goods store and seeing the prices of plastic lures made in China. I wanted to go fishing, not take out a second mortgage on my home. I decided to try carving my own lures. After all, people were making these things out of wood long before there was plastic.
I scrounged around my shed for a piece of wood that would work and soon found an old broom handle. While a piece of pine board would’ve worked, the roundness of the broom handle would save me a great deal of work. After drawing the basic shape on the handle, I pulled out my knife and went to work.
Carving can be a long process, so if you aren’t willing to invest the time, then cough up the cash and buy the plastic lure. However, old pioneers wouldn’t buy something if they could make it themselves. I’m the same way.
With the basic shape completed, it was time to sand. Sandpaper and elbow grease (a lot of it) produced the lure. With a few coats of paint and some hooks, it was ready to use. Basically, all the lure cost me was time, and I get the satisfaction of knowing I made it myself.