Lure fishing has brought me great results this year. It is a fantastic way of fishing but there is one problem..... lures are expensive! I have been aware that the moulds and kits are available to pour your own soft plastic lures for some time so I took the plunge and brought everything i needed to pour my own lure bodies. It is surprisingly easy to do and it will save a lot of money replacing lures that have torn or have been chewed to a rubbery death. Here is a run through of how to make them....
To make split belly shad bodies as shown in this tutorial you will need:
- 105mm Split Belly Shad mould - this is very similar to the Fiiish Minnow 140
- 1 litre of 'soft' grade Lureflex plastic
- 2 x 250ml Pyrex Jugs
- An aluminium stirring rod or metal knife
- Lure Lube
- Liquid Colours: Pearl Khaki, Pearl White, Pearl Forest Green and Fluro Pink
- Silver String Glitter
- Flexiglow Powder
You will also need a microwave - it is recommended you use one that wont be used for cooking food. I went to my local car boot and picked up one for £5! It is also a good idea to have some kitchen roll to hand, a tub of cold water and a pair of scissors.
Making Split Belly Shad Bodies
Start with the white and pour gently and slowly, filling around half the mould. Make sure you get some in the paddle tail section.
Once they are set, gently pull the lures from the mould and transfer to the cold water to cool them down.
Take them from the water and dry on some kitchen towel. Use a pair of small scissors to trim any surface flashing that may have occurred during pouring.
The Finished Product
Khaki liquid pearl colour was used to make this one which I'm calling a 'Khaki Pearl Back' Minnow....
It doesn't take to long to make up a decent batch of bodies. You will find that you will be left will a small amount of plastic in the jugs. Once this has set, peel it from the jug and save this for another time. You can chop this up and re-melt it. Experiment with colour combinations and find a pattern that works for you.
The split belly shad mould, 1 litre of lureflex, 4 liquid colours, a pack of flexiglow, a pot of string glitter, 2 pyrex jugs, lure lube and the bargain car boot special microwave set me back around the £75 mark. This may seem expensive at first but the only item i will need replenish anytime soon is the lure flex plastic as the colours and additives will last ages.
1 litre of lure flex has made around 55-60 Split Belly Shad bodies. That many bodies of the similar Fiiish lure would cost around £95 to buy! I only now need to spend another £10 for 1 litre of Lure Flex to make another 55 or so bodies. I will soon be saving money and in years to come the individual cost of each homemade body will have come down to pennies.
Practically all the materials, expect the microwave, are available from www.lurefactors.co.uk
Do they work?
Once the bodies are superglued to the head they make a pretty tough, weedless lure.
The next step is to make Jig heads for the Split Belly Shad bodies - Part 2 will be coming soon!