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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.

Lets begin!

 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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So its a simple recipe:

-4 packets of gelatin

-3/4 cup of water

optional (but highly suggested)

-food coloring

-3 fish oil pills

Step 2: Making the Mix

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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

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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

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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

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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.

lilchumy1 month ago
Nice, please check out my guide on bass fishing.
myrrhmaid3 months ago

This is truly inspiring! I want to make some! Thanks for posting!

Mattakers4 months ago
Good job! I'm going to make a few for when I go fishing!
discostu9564 months ago

really like this idea, and keen to see how things go with an improvement in the recipe. Will have a play myself when I get time

Lunatic04 months ago

Essentially you are making fishy gummy worms. Try increasing gelatin quantity on the gelatin-water ratio. As with gummy bears and such, they don't "melt" unless quite hot. You can also add a bit of corn starch into the mix for a more solid lure, but will need some thinkering on amounts. Check some gummy bears ibles around, to get some more accurate gelatin-water ratios. I hope this fix it!



Would adding long, thin paper strips or some sort of string maybe help in the durability department? I'm thinking sort of in the same way iron rods strengthen concrete.
pagosapig (author)  AlternateLives4 months ago

That's a great idea! I'm going to have to give that a shot and let you know

Thanks for the input

boetting4 months ago

Very cool idea, kind of like a generic gummy worm. I've seen people use those as well. Have you tried tapering the shape or adding a ribbon tail?

pagosapig (author)  boetting4 months ago

I haven't yet, I will without a doubt give that a shot once I improve the recipe

Thanks for the interest

nodcah4 months ago

This is awesome! Saving the environment! Voted! =)

pagosapig (author)  nodcah4 months ago

Thank you so much!

Very cool idea. Never seen anything like it and seems like it needs to be brought to people's attention. What did you make your mold out of?
pagosapig (author)  justintime19984 months ago

I made the mold out of a two part silicon mix. Since the silicon is very flexible it is easy to remove the lure from the mold, but it does tend to be a little bit more expensive. I have pretty good results using plaster of paris to make molds as long as what ever you are pouring hardens with in a reasonable amount of time

craftclarity4 months ago

It's nice to see someone applying principles of ecological design to an area that doesn't get much attention. Nice work! Would love to see how well they work in the wild, have you taken them out fishing yet?

pagosapig (author)  craftclarity4 months ago

I have taken them out once and the bluegill seemed to really like them. I forgot my cooler so they were not hard enough to use by the time I switched over to try for bass. I'm trying to improve the recipe to get rid of this issue.

pagosapig (author)  craftclarity4 months ago

I have taken them out once and the bluegill seemed to really like them. I forgot my cooler so they were not hard enough to use by the time I switched over to try for bass. I'm trying to improve the recipe to get rid of this issue.