Household Items: How to Make Lures for Bass

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Household Items: How to Make Lures for Bass
Make homemade poppers for catching bass. (children fishing image by Warren Millar from

If your fishing budget is under strain from too many jigs, crank baits, spinners and other lures, it might be time to begin making lures instead of buying them. A variety of lures can be made from common household items. Homemade lures not only are a way to save money, they also provide an opportunity to make custom creations and are a great way to involve kids in fishing as a family.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Cork stopper
  • Knife
  • Long shank hook
  • Epoxy glue
  • Sandpaper (fine)
  • Enamel paint
  • Detail paint brush

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  1. 1

    Place a cork stopper or wine bottle cork on a sturdy work surface. Hold securely on both sides with your thumb and fingers so it will not roll.

  2. 2

    Cut along the length of the cork from the smaller end to the larger with a knife. The larger end will ultimately be the front of the popper as it will cause more disturbance when pulled across the water.

  3. 3

    Place a long shank hook into the cut in the cork. Position the eye so it extends just beyond the larger end. Push the shank into the cut so it is securely seated.

  4. 4

    Glue the hook in place and seal the cut with epoxy glue. Many epoxy glues will need to have two parts mixed before using. Fill the cut in the cork completely with the epoxy and allow it to dry and cure completely before continuing.

  5. 5

    Sand the cork stopper with fine grit sandpaper. Shape the cork so that it tapers in the rear to blend with the bend of the hook. Paint the popper with enamel model paints and a detail brush to create realistic detail.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before using the popper.
  • Use caution when working with enamel paints and epoxy glues. Use in a well ventilated area and keep away from open flame and heat sources.

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