How to Paint Mackerel Stripes on Fishing Lures

Written by mason howard
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If you enjoy saltwater fishing, you may know that lures painted to look like mackerel are an effective means of catching many predatory fish. Many fishermen enjoy making their own lures by creating the "perfect" bait. The part of the lure that is painted is called the jig. After the jig is painted, other parts of the lure, such as a spinner, can be added. With the proper supplies, painting mackerel stripes on a jig can be easily done on your own.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Unfinished jig
  • Blue-green/glitter powder lure paint
  • Silver powder lure paint
  • White powder lure paint
  • Black powder lure paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Two sizes of drinking straws
  • Head-cement applicator bottle
  • Wire
  • Tin foil

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  1. 1

    Line your worktable with newspaper.

  2. 2

    Hold the end of the jig with needle nose pliers.

  3. 3

    Heat the jig by holding it above the flame of a candle or a barbecue lighter. Heat the jig for a few minutes until it is hot an all sides.

  4. 4

    Create the top, vertical stripe of the mackerel by picking up small amounts of the blue-green glitter paint on the end of a small paintbrush and gently tapping it to cover one half of the jig. You should see the paint melting across the surface of the jig. If it stays powdery, the jig is not hot enough.

  5. 5

    Create the bottom stripe of the mackerel by picking up small amounts of the silver paint on the end of a small paintbrush and gently tapping it to cover the second half of the jig. Add more heat as needed.

  6. 6

    Create four thick, black diagonal stripes, evenly spaced across the entire length of the jig. Paint on stripes using a head-cement applicator bottle. Fill the bottle with black paint and squeeze the paint onto the jig. Add more heat as needed.

  7. 7

    Create eyes at the end of the jig on both sides. Make eyes by compacting the tip of a large diameter drinking straw with white paint. Carefully dab the paint to the surface of the jig to make a white circle. Then compact a smaller diameter straw with black paint. Carefully dab a black dot in the centre of the white circle.

  8. 8

    Cure the jig by hanging it with a wire from a top oven rack. Line a lower rack with tin foil to catch any drips. Bake it at 176 degrees Cor 10 minutes.

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