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    Posted: 06 Jun 2012 at 3:34pm
My philosophy in making lures has always been based on:

* Produce lures that catch fish (i.e. emphasis on fish "catch-ability" and not aesthetics);

* The lures must be cheap, easy and simple to make;

* Use as much as possible "waste" materials and recycle them into something useful.

Here are some of my creations...


Name:                           Bee queen
 
Head length (mm):       85
Head diameter (mm):   40
Head material:             125 mg/5ml bottle of Ranceph anti-biotic
Head insert:                 Flat decorative marbles
Head weight (g):          +/- 180
Head shape:                Concave pusher
Lure length (mm):        340
 
Inner skirt:                   Bicycle tubing
Outer skirt:                   Bicycle tubing

Rigging:                        Double mustad 10/0 hooks (Tuna bend), Pakula rig 60 degrees
Action:                          Skipping, splashing & diving; Side-to-side swimming; bubble trail; rattling
Position:                       Short corners/riggers
 
Target species:             Marlin
Species caught:            None (had two strikes already!)




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My wife came back from working 3 weeks in another town and brought me 8 of these...




Length: 40 mm
Diameter: 25 mm

I turned them into these....







Called them Nampula express.
Lures are keeled and the heads vary in weight: 40, 50, 55 and 60 gr and had 2 coats of yacht varnish

These were rigged with Pakula keel rigs on 6/0 and 8/0 Mustad hooks...

Hope to catch mainly YFT and dorado but the occasional sailfish will be mostly welcomed.

Haven't caught anything on them yet

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Name:                     Superglue cap
 
Head length (mm):       40
Head diameter (mm):   8-12
Head material:             Alcolin pen superglue cap
Head insert:                 Small ball lead sinkers
Head weight (g):          +/- 15
Head shape:                Bullet
Lure lenght (mm):        150
 
Inner skirt:                King mackerel duster
Outer skirt:               Yamashita squid
 
Rigging:                    single 4/0 hook
Action:                      skiping & diving; darting
Position:                   long/short corners
 
Target species:        bonito, queen mackerel (yellowfin tuna?, dorado?, sailfish?)
Species caught:       none





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This is one of the easiest, if not the easiest, DIY lure I've ever made!

Get a canister of film (not so popular anymore, but you can still get it at the photo stores)...  for this purpose I've used the white one... I'm sure the black one will also be a killer!

Here's what I've used:

* 1 x canister of film (white)

* 1 x egg sinker (1 oz)

* 2 x squids (blue + white)

* 1 x egg sinker (1/2 oz)

* 1 x Johnnie Walker plastic insert 

* Super glue

* 2 m of 200 Lb leader

Drill/punch a dead-centered hole in the bottom of the canister (2 mm drill bit).... Stick some eyes on both sides and a few coasts of clear or yacht varnish...

Drill a hole in the plastic insert of the Johnnie Walker bottle (finish the bottle first ... make the lure the next day!)

Assembling the whole thing is easy. Just follow the order:

Leader -> canister -> 1 oz egg sinker -> blue squids -> white squid -> 1/2 sinker -> plastic insert.

The leader goes through all these and then connects to you favorite rig (single stiff; double, etc.).

A few drops of super glue should help secure the squids and plastic insert to the film canister. The plastic insert is used to "open" the squid's tentacles and helps to secure them to the canister! If you haven't got an insert, a cork can also be used...

This lure should run straight and like any other pusher, with an up/down action and good smoking trail...

Will soon give it a try and let you guys know!









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LOLAhh a lure that involves a few scotches in the making!!!!!!!!....now you have our attention!!!
 
nice teasers john,
hope to see a few fish hanging off them in time
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interesting stuff,your very clever JohnThumbs Up
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Love it, great stuff.
I made up a few similar ones from a roll on deodorant bottle - the head comes out like a bullet head, great for tuna.
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Nice work there john,i have a few mates that chase the beakies they would love them i'd say..good work mate..Thumbs Up

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MATTY any pics of them or surface flys mateTongueREGARDS BOB
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Awesome! And I love the recycling!
I have made small stickbaits out of sparkly toothbrush handles in the past.
Not pretty but relatively effective.
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WinkI just love it and also beats the barrel sinker inserted into a clear fuel line which is cut diagonally to produce a concave headwith line running through the middle grab some waterproof textas add eyes gills scales etc etc with hooks tied at rear with light dressing and hang on........wicked bubble trail.......regards B.J.
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Judy saw your request - stand by I will dig  one of the "Rexona rattlers" out of the bag an take a photo.
I made a 1/2 dozen of them up for a trip to Lord Howe 2 years ago - only 2 came home.
We caught at least 15 Wahoo over 25kg on them at Balls Pyramid.
P.M me your postal address and I will send a few surface flies over.

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Thanks for the kind words gentlemen!
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Hello again!

Been away for a while dealing with a laptop crash and it's painfull consequences... anyway all good now (sort of)....


Just wanted to share a few more lures I've made from scratch.... poppers and stickbaits.... our season is just starting and hopefully very soon I'll be posting some pics of nice fish caught on these...

The stickbaits were made from an ordinary pine broomstick and through S/S-wired....




Poppers are all sorts of different "waste" timbers I found around the house...  broomstick pine, mahogany, mopane...











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I can picture fish hanging off all of these, some great ideas there John.
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I really like the way you make the Lures of recycle materials. I am also a bit into that, and try to see Lure optins in every thing.  
Hope to see some good Fish on your great "low price" Lures  Thumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs Up
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John F,  A few years back I made some soft headed lures from hypalon left over from my rod building. Made an insert ,first of timber on the lathe and then from nylon rod. Called them soft-top lures and they were very successful and even sold them though the tackle shops.
The fish struck-chewed and then turned away-
STRIKE and hookup was nearly always in the corner of the mouth
They were used for Marlin and Sailfish on the local Game boats.
Photos follow----
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Finally think I have found the way to upload multipul photos --Ron
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Nice fish Greybeard !!!! Terriffic surface lures do u make any bibed lures u r very resourseful jf. cheers Dave Smile
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John, the lid pushed up into the canister to hold the skirt in, is it the same lid that would normally be found in the canister.
Would you need to heat, or boil in water for the last step to be achieved.
 
I came across someone selling the white and black canister recently , now no longer a common item to come across here in Aussie, interesting thread anymore home lure ideas..
 
 
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Hi Dave,-- Yes I make a range of timber bibbed lures .See my site under Local Lures for a few of my range.  Regards  Ron 
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Originally posted by Screamingreel Screamingreel wrote:

John, the lid pushed up into the canister to hold the skirt in, is it the same lid that would normally be found in the canister.
Would you need to heat, or boil in water for the last step to be achieved.
 
I came across someone selling the white and black canister recently , now no longer a common item to come across here in Aussie, interesting thread anymore home lure ideas..
 
 
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Hi,

No heating required. It is simply a matter of pushing it.

It's a plastic insert from a bottle of whisky!
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@retiredron,

Those look awesome!
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Made this one from a paintbrush handle...








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Outstanding  Thumbs Up even has provision for eyes and weight
What sort of action achieved.
Have you added side plates
Can you cast it from the shore or troll it behind a boat.
Any Fish captures
 
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