wikiHow to Make a Topwater Lure for Saltwater Fishing

Catching a fish on topwater is one of the best experiences for any fisherman. Watching the fish strike at the lure is exciting. There are many, many variations of topwater lures, but this guide will teach you how to create your own out of wood.

Steps

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    Cut a 1 inch (2.5cm) diameter dowel rod to the desired length. Most saltwater topwaters are between 3 inches and 6 inches (7-15 cm).
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    Drill a 3/8" (10mm) hole about halfway into one end of the lure using a drill press.
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    Insert two or more metal BBs into the drilled hole to add weight. Use different BBs to adjust the weight.
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    Cut a 1/2-inch long piece off the 3/8 inch (10mm) diameter dowel.
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    Glue the 1/2 inch piece into the hole of the lure and let dry. Tap the piece into the hole with a hammer to ensure a watertight fit.
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    Sand the lure to the desired oval shape using a belt sander.
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    Drill a shallow hole on either side of the head of the lure. Make it approximately 1/16 inch (2mm) deep.
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    Insert threaded screw eyes into the nose, underside, and rear of the lure.
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    Paint the lure to the desired color scheme and allow to dry.
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    Attach split rings onto the underside and rear eyes of the lure.
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    Attach appropriate sized treble hooks onto the split rings. For lures 4 to 6 inches (10-15cm) long, try a size 2 treble hook. For a lure less than 4 inches (10cm) use a size 4 treble hook.
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    Glue eyes into the shallow holes on either side of the head.

Tips

  • If you use wood that is too soft, the fish could destroy the lure. Use wood sturdy enough to handle a fish strike.
  • Use stainless steel hardware to prevent rusting in saltwater.
  • Lacquer the outside to help preserve the lure.
  • Single hooks may be used in place of treble hooks.
  • Use acrylic paints, not water-based.
  • Googly craft eyes or sequins work well for the eyes.
  • Split ring pliers can aid in installing the split rings onto the threaded screw eyes and attaching the treble hooks.
  • A wood burner can be used to add designs in the side of the lure.

Warnings

  • Wear safety gloves and goggles whenever using the saw, drill press, and belt sander.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 inch (2.5cm) diameter wood dowel rod
  • 3/8 inch (1cm) diameter wood dowel rod
  • Metal BBs
  • Super glue
  • Spray paint
  • Threaded screw eyes
  • Treble hooks
  • Split rings
  • Saw
  • Belt sander
  • Drill press
  • Hammer

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