So the big question is, why even do this?
Well it is rather simple: we all snag gear, tie a bad knot or simply put lose our lures at one point or another. While we can't always retrieve our broken gear it only makes sense to try to limit the impact of the lost equipment. Whether its a bird or a fish, the plastic most lures are made of cannot be digested and can kill or harm the animal that consumes them.
So here is my solution, make a recipe for a lure that anyone can make at home with ingredients anyone can pick up at a local store.
Step 1: Ingredients
So its a simple recipe:
-4 packets of gelatin
-3/4 cup of water
optional (but highly suggested)
-3 fish oil pills
Step 2: Making the Mix
Start by pouring 3/4 cup water into a small pot.
If you choose to use fish oil pills take a pin and insert it into one end. Remove it and squeeze the oil out of the capsule into the pot.
Mix in the 4 packets of gelatin.
Step 3: Mixing It All Together
Now put the pot on the burner and turn the heat to low. Mix the ingredients together while it is heated until it reaches a a consistency similar to water. At this point add in the dye.
The gelatin should only need to be on the burner for 2 minutes to get to this point.
Step 4: Pouring the lures
Now it is time to pour the molds. There really isn't much to say here. Simply spoon the mixture into your mold, chill in the freezer for roughly 15 minutes and then taken out of the mold and repeat the process.
Step 5: Need a mold? Make one
Don't have a mold? No problem. We can make you one really easy! Simply take a handful of straws and cut them in half. Rubber band them together and insert them vertically into a container. Pour in the solution and let them chill in the freezer.
The gelatin will take significantly longer to set since there is a higher volume.