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Customizing Lures for a Greener Sport Fishing

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Catch and release is one of the steps to a greener sport fishing however very few lure manufactures make and sell lures built for catch and release. Most lures are made with barbed treble hooks that can injure fish and although the fish is released it is permanently injured or fatly injured. You can’t always just buy your favorite lure made for catch and release and this Instructable will show you how to customize your lures to make sport fishing greener for pennies.

There are three reasons to customize your lures.
1. To adhere to fishing regulations.
2. To change the action of the lure.
3. To repair a lure.

This Instructable will also explain how to repair your lures and the cost savings as well as the environmental savings of repairing lures.
 
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Step 1: To Adhere to Fishing Regulations.

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The first reason to customize your lures is to adhere to fishing regulations. In places where fishing is restricted to catch and release you may be required to use a single pronged barbless hook on an artificial bate.

My favorite lure is a silver number three Blue Fox spinner with a single prong hook with a Mister Twister curly tailed grub. I like this setup because of the change in the lures action making it more attractive to fish.

This can be done by filing down the barb or pinching down the barb to the shaft of the hook with pliers.

It looks like the lure is being chased by another fish. I can cast this lure in waters where other fishermen are using the same lure and I catch fish when they don’t.
drangern9 months ago
age 17 right now and i love fishin. looking to be a DNR officer so the barbless hook idea is absolutly incredible. in Minnesota, which is where i live, they allow barbed hooks which makes me mad. anyways thanks for this incredible post
Josehf Murchison (author)  drangern9 months ago
The rules vary all over here in Ontario so when I am in a place where I may catch something I may want to release I use barbless. Most of the time when I want to release a fish I just slacken the line and the fish spits the hook out without me touching the fish.
beatmakers1 year ago
great instructables man... spot on!
freeza361 year ago
Nice Coho. I was jst in Alaska not long ago and we watched some swimming uo through Kenai river.
freeza361 year ago
Nice Coho. I was jst in Alaska not long ago and we watched some swimming uo through Kenai river.
Conqured1 year ago
also you may try changing it up on the colors you use. i know some places are different but as to where im located, using the right colors of bait could also depend on how clear or murky the water is. usually the clearer the water the darker color of bait you would use. i have not done any clear stream fishing as i only know of one where i am located and fishing is prohibited but as far as river, lakes, and ponds thats always worked for me. hope that helps.
Josehf Murchison (author)  Conqured1 year ago
Small bright lures in clear water work also.

In clear water I have seen Pike follow my lure and not try to take it until I let the line go slack and as the lure falls to the bottom of the river the pike strikes.

Fish can be fickled.

Joe
hey this is very interesting Joseph
i personally can't get our local bass to touch a soft plastic so maybe adding a spinner might help :D
I looked up the fish in the land down under the fish are not that different looking than the fish in Canada.

Try soft bates that contrast with the spinners and spoons as in this pic. I like the added action of curly tailed soft bates however straight soft bates work well also.

Joe
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Hey again Joe
wow thanks for the help, maybe our bass will be interested in these! great idea :D
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