Making wooden fishing lures is fun, easy, and instills a sense of pride when catching fish. No fancy tools or equipment is needed to produce an attractive and functional fishing lure.
These topwater popper style fishing lures really make a splash out on the water. Inspired by the Rebel Original Pop-R lure (http://www.rebellures.com/rebel-pop-r-8043), these lures are great for bringing fish to the surface while evoking a strong strike from the fish.
Safety Glasses - used as a safety precaution against flying wood chips and dust
Dust Mask - used as a safety precaution against airborne saw dust
Work Gloves - used to provide secure grip when sanding and drilling
Nitrile/Latex Gloves - used to prevent paint, epoxy, and EnviroTex from contacting skin
Always work in a well ventilated area when working with airborne saw dust or using chemicals such as paint and epoxies. Follow all safety instructions listed on any materials used.
Wood - This will be used as the lure body. Soft or hard woods can be used in lure making but I prefer to use a hardwood called poplar. This is classified as a hardwood but is still on the softer side. The wood I used for this project was purchased at a home improvement store in a 1-1/2 in x 1-1/2 in x 3 ft size.
Epoxy - This will be used to secure the metal eye screws into the lure body. There are many different brands available at home improvement stores and I used Gorilla Epoxy which is a two-part 5 minute cure epoxy.
Sealer - This will be used to seal/coat the wood before and after painting the lure. I like using EnviroTex Light Pour On High Gloss Finish as my sealer as this provides a smooth and durable finish to my lures.
Paint - This will be used to apply color and patterns to the lures. A lot of lure making enthusiasts use air brushes and compressor to paint their lures and this method can provide a clean and professional finish. That being said I have kept to using spray paint to paint my lures and I am happy with my results.
Coping Saw - used to cut wood to size.
Belt/Disk Sander (or sanding block) - used to further shape the wood lure body.
150 Grit Sand Paper - used to smooth out edges after sanding.
Electric Drill and 1/32in Drill Bit - used to drill the holes for the metal screw eyes.
Combination Square - used to mark center lines on the wood.
Circle Template - used to mark lure body outline.
Metal Screw Eyes - used to mount the hooks for the lure and act as a line tie for the fishing line.
Split Rings - used to allow hooks to move freely on screw eyes.
Trebble Hooks - used to catch the fish when it bites.
3D Eyes - used to add eyes to the lure, eyes could also be painted on instead of 3D eyes.