Introduction: The Best Bait of the World - Minnow Plug

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Step 1: Body

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find the piece of linden (dry)

Step 2: Shape

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like this:

Step 3: Wire Incision

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make 2 incisions and mount wire

Step 4: Weight

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make weight hole

Step 5: "wheel" ?? :-)

Picture of "wheel" ?? :-)

make "wheel" from old CD, glue weight, wire and "wheel" ( sorry my english) :P

Step 6: Painting

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Step 7: Test

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and my little production

Step 8: Finisch

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Good Luck


david foeckler (author)2015-06-19

how well does it work?

david foeckler (author)2015-06-18

Where do I place the hook?

jules15 (author)2012-08-27

you, sir, are awesome

jnauert (author)2012-04-05

how did u shape the wire????

sgraydon (author)2011-08-23

do you have to use a special paint?

bleeper (author)2011-06-22

wonderful. nothing puts fish on the dinner plate than floating minnows..bob

Evil is the name (author)2009-06-17

one thing to keep in mind BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I wasn't now my deck is cherry red

wow i get it cherry red from blood

zume (author)2010-07-11

nice work guys oh one thing did the guy who cut himself skip the part about using wood??? a lesson in its own. read carefully. And it is unfortunate that one needs to learn this way!

FewAcres (author)2010-03-07

Thanks for posting this - love it ... 
I am going to make a bunch while I watch the ice melt :)

Happy fishing

playmoboy (author)2010-02-03

Nice, i been carving wood for a while and a tip is to start with pink foam insulation. Doing that will gill you something to look at while carving the wood.

scavanger (author)2010-01-14

 Great post, a good simple solution and a money saver too!
I thought you might want to know that I included your Instructable in a recent blog post I wrote.

Hey everybody don't forget to rate this Instructable, click the little stars up above and show your appreciation!

Thanks again, great job

pepitosbazzeguti (author)2009-09-06

Hi,I have made these during the break on the work using balsa wood,silver paper from cigarette packets,colours and flatting. I have more then 70/80 of baits,but i have dismissed to fish !!! Greetings from Italy..............CIAO !!!

Those look pretty nice. I make my own swimbaits and crankbaits also.

Ben-buddy (author)2009-12-05

I made one today, but for step 3 i just drilled a hole thorugh it (carefully).
And I didn't paint it well because I'm not arty!  Cheers from New Zealand

Evil is the name (author)2009-06-17

in step 3 how did u make the insions

sp33dstix (author)2009-03-02

Nice sized perch you got there =D
You have any tips on making spinner baits?

try wire, a soda can, a hook, feathers, and water proof glue

covey12 (author)sp33dstix2009-04-13

look on my profile soon i will have some how-tos on that

creative zen (author)2008-05-18

i cut my finger up using an exacto knife trying this.

sp33dstix (author)creative zen2009-03-02

Always cut AWAY and not towards yourself, much less likely to cut yourself that way.

xACIDITYx (author)sp33dstix2009-06-15

Also, I should add, don't be stupid when you have sharp stuff in your hand. A lot of people seem to skip this step

covey12 (author)sp33dstix2009-04-13

learned this many times, and the times i did cut myself i was thinking"should i be doing this becuase in boy scouts i member no to cut towards me" ends up with no skin on my pinky lol

i just did too :(

covey12 (author)2009-04-13

the bottom left one looks best good job on those

covey12 (author)2009-04-13

also it is very important to make the eyes large and big pupils, becuase small pupils normally mean its a prey fish, large pupils are the food

covey12 (author)2009-04-13

holy crap thats a very smart way to make lure bills, i had always used pieces of sheet metal from home depot called gravity caps, i tink there for chimneys there onlye 18cents for a 6in. square

rrowsome (author)2009-03-02

Great video and Instructable in general. Well done! I am definitely going to try this.

creative zen (author)2008-05-19

how do you get a clear cd? and how do you cut it?

sp33dstix (author)creative zen2009-03-02

The clear CD is usually the CD on top of a spindle of cd's It is used to protect all of the existing ones. You could also trying using Acetone (nail polish remover) on the top of an existing cd. I think acetone should work.

the best way to cut a cd is to put it in hot water, and when its moist, cut it with scissors

stonefly (author)2008-12-30

great job thanks

PuddleOfMudd25 (author)2008-06-12

dude! i am soooo doing this!!!!!

dsaavedra (author)2008-06-10

dont forget to put 2 coats of clear epoxy over the paintjob so that it wont wear off.

zuneman (author)2008-05-06

can you use douglas fur or pine for the lure?

jjay10 (author)2008-03-21

where can you get linden if you don't know what does the tree look like

whiteoakart (author)2008-01-21

I have so much linden growing on my property, it is a nuisance. The trees have shallow roots and tend to blow over in storms. If anyone wants a chunk, let me know by email. I will send you some for the cost of shipping. Might be cheaper to buy it for bigger pieces, but for a small piece to try it out, I would guess the postage would be a couple of bucks for most of US. I am in Michigan and it is true, there are loads of bass here.

lordkenyon (author)2008-01-19

In Step 7, how did you attach the front treble hooks to the other models you made? Nice project.

msolek (author)lordkenyon2008-01-20

I added picture with that (step 7 )

lordkenyon (author)msolek2008-01-20

Thanks! Looks great. I'm anxious to try and make a few of these.

meddler (author)2008-01-19

Nice, I have carved a few baits from basswood. Haven't tried them yet, here in idaho there isn't much bass fishing like where i grew up in michigan, maby up in north idaho. I love bass fishing, best store bought night time bass bait i ever used is the hula popper, if there biting they will hit it.

Tool Using Animal (author)2008-01-18

Oh yes, I wanted to add, the piece you're calling the "wheel" is called the "lip" in English.

Tool Using Animal (author)2008-01-18

Nice Yellow perch, to find linden, it's sold in hobby shops as basswood.

mrbob1000 (author)2008-01-18

sweet! this will help out when i go on trips to Vermont. i think i will make one now.

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