Most of the videos and instructions I have seen are American and reference the lure as a Bass lure. But good news for us Brits! They work for our Pike and Perch too!
Step 1: Materials to Make Your Ultra Cheap Pike Lure
1 x Treble hook - brand new with nice sharp points and barbs
1 x Sea fishing swivel (Found on a beach still connected to line)
3 x Sea fishing beads (Found on a beach)
2 x split rings (found on a beach - but can be brought cheaply on ebay)
2 x AA lead free fishing shot - previously used (closed) on a river fishing outing. Pulled from line and kept
1 x Beer bottle top (Beer enjoyed first! This top is from a bottle of Cobra I drank at my local Indian Restaurant)
Step 2: Tools Needed
Wood (or other expendable surface!)
Pliers (not shown - but not essential)
Step 3: Pierce Bottle Top
Step 4: Pierce a Second Hole
Step 5: Add Split Rings
Step 6: Add a Treble Hook
Step 7: Tie on Some Scrape Fishing Line
Step 8: Thread on Some Old Sea Fishing Beads
There is always "lost" tackle washed up onto our beaches which just lies around as rubbish. My idea here is to add some bright colours to the lure so that it is more attractive to fish. You can see from the beads they are pre-used and a little dirty. Better than leaving them lying around one of our beaches as rubbish which is never going to bio-degrade!
Step 9: Tie on a Swivel
Step 10: Time for a Cuppa!
Step 11: Add Some Old Split Shot
Step 12: Fold the Bottle Top in Half
Step 13: Time to Go Pike Fishing!
This lure now provides the following attractions to predatory fish:
1. Noise - it is recognised that lures benefit from some kind of rattle noise.
2. Colour - the beads add colour that is known to stimulate an aggressive attack in a predatory fish.
3. Flash - the reflective bottle top helps send reflected light out through the water. There is a science about which colours can be seen at what water depths. However, with a reflective finish, all available light waves at any depth can be reflected to make the lure visible.
My next efforts at making this lure will probably include some or all of the following:
1. A wire body shaft instead of mono line. (Possible giving the ability to remove the swivel and at least one of the split rings.)
2. A Mepps style spoon attachment to the top of the wire body.
3. Feathers whipped onto the hook to give it a more organic look and movement in the water.
4. Shrink wrap silicon to "clean up" the finish and perhaps remove some of the slack between "bits" like the beads.
This step by step instructable, together with other home made fishing equipment, will also be published on my blog at NetNeo.co.uk