soft plastic designs that provoke fish to strike (or other baits in general)

Discussion in 'Lure Making & Customizing' started by spoonminnow, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. spoonminnow

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    One thing that becomes apparent the more fish you catch on more of the lures you create is that lurecraft opens one's mind as to what it is a about lures that provoke strikes.

    The lurecrafter has a huge number of variables to choose from such as size, shape, color/flash, softness and action. The more lures we create and try in different waters, the more we understand exactly what it is about lures that make them superior to others in the same class of lures.

    Take surface lures for example. It used to be frogs, Spooks, poppers and buzzbaits we'd cast for the surface bite. But in the last few years, I've discovered many soft plastics designs that do as well if not better - even in the middle of the day under a cloudy sky.

    Some say it's not cost effective to make lures, but if you scan the pages of lures in Bass Pro or Cabelas catalogs, the prices are getting kind a steep and with added shipping, quite a bit more than many of the lures you can make and at less than half the price. Plus, we never run out, always having the materials handy to make as few or as many lures as we want in any color or size we choose.

    Another factor which I've come to rely on for lurecraft designs is this:
    One way of looking at fish striking out at lures is the similarity between fish and a human infant when it comes to moving objects:

    An infant will look at a mobile hanging over its crib and reach out trying to grab the moving objects above or a set of keys jigged near its face. An infant's brain is on par with a fish's brain, reacting reflexively to moving objects, having no idea what they represent. But unlike the baby's brain, fish do sense the fine details of lures or any moving object that comes near. The catchability of lures is in the details - those we hope we include in our lures that increase a fish's level of aggression.

    Pretty lures don't necessarily mean they catch more fish than ugly ones and as we all know - beauty is in the eye of the beholder (IE fish) and fish ultimately dispel many superstitions we've held dear regarding why fish bite or reject lures. The more we make and cast, the more those truths become clear.

    Keep posting your creations. Ideas shared mean more ideas that evolve that add to the many designs we've found do so well.
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