How to Make Wooden Fishing Lure Supplies

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How to Make Wooden Fishing Lure Supplies
Make wooden lure supplies like crank bait bodies at home. (fishing lure image by jimcox40 from

Many fishing supplies, including lure bodies, are currently made of a variety of materials, including plastic and acrylic. However, in years past lures such as crank baits and poppers were commonly made of wood. The wooden body of the lure was carved in various torpedo-like fish shapes and painted to imitate a bait fish. Making wooden crank bait bodies is not only a good hobby, but it's also a way to make customised baits and save money at the same time.

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Things you need

  • Balsa or pine wood
  • Exacto knife
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper (assorted grit)

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  1. 1

    Place a small block of pine, balsa or other soft wood on a sturdy work surface. Determine the shape of the lure you will be carving based on personal preference and the type of fishing you will be doing.

  2. 2

    Outline the shape of the lure body on the wood with a pencil. Draw the lure shape freehand or trace around the shape of a lure you already have.

  3. 3

    Cut wood away from the block with a hobby knife. Hold the block of wood and move the blade away from you to remove wood from the block.

  4. 4

    Sand the lure body with coarse-grit sandpaper to remove larger amounts of wood. Switch to medium-grit paper, then fine-grit paper as you begin to fine-tune the shape and smooth it to its final form.

  5. 5

    Apply lure or model paint to the wooden lure body to imitate the patterns or markings of a natural bait fish. Allow each coat of paint to dry before applying the next coat.

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