How to make your own soft plastic fishing lures

Written by jeffrey brian
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Fishermen swear by certain lures and colour schemes on different lakes and bodies of water. That's why a lot of fishermen choose to make their own lures. This way, they get exactly what they need. You can even make soft plastic lures to sell to other fishermen or bait shops and make a profit. Turn your hobby into a money-making business or just enjoy using your own lures to catch the big fish, either way making soft plastic lures is easy and enjoyable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Liquid plastic
  • Saucepan
  • Plastic colouring
  • Stovetop
  • Lure moulds
  • Shallow container or dish
  • Water
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Lure scent oil
  • Paper towels
  • Hooks

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  1. 1

    Turn the stove on to low heat. Place 29.6ml of liquid plastic in a saucepan. Melt the plastic and continue to stir the plastic constantly. Make sure the plastic doesn't come to a simmer and bubble. Just allow it to melt.

  2. 2

    Mix in a few drops of plastic colouring. Stir and add more colouring until you reach the desired colour. Set the mould(s) on a countertop or flat surface. If you would like glitter, add it in now. Stir well to make sure it is evenly distributed.

  3. 3

    Place the hooks in the moulds. Carefully pour the liquid plastic in the mould. Make sure the hooks stay in place and don't move. Gently tap the mould against the countertop to bring bubbles to the top and even out the plastic. Leave the mould flat and allow it to set for five minutes.

  4. 4

    Fill a shallow container with 1 inch of water. Place the mould in the shallow container. Leave in the water for 10 minutes. Remove the mould from the water. Lay out several paper towels. Flip the mould over and push the plastic lures out. Be careful not to catch your finger in a hook.

  5. 5

    Rub the plastic lures with fish-scent lubricating oil. Leave out in the open air for at least 10 minutes. Now you are ready to fish.

Tips and warnings

  • Customise your colours for each lake, based on what fish tend to bite most at each location.
  • Be careful not to allow the plastic to cook too long or it will burn and change the texture.

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