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Picture of Fishing Lure - Lipless Crank Bait
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What better way to enter the water then with a Fishing Lure!!

Being an avid fishermen and living in Canada I experience fishing withdrawal in the early winter months when its too cold to open water fish and there isn't enough ice yet to ice fish. To help curb my need to fish I decided to make a lure and keep myself busy, while I wait for the ice to be thick enough to ice fish.

This instructable will demonstrate how to make your own Lip-less Crank-bait that can be made very easily and is actually a lot of fun,

Materials Needed

  1. Small piece of wood
  2. Some type of knife that can carve wood I used a thin box cutter with new blade
  3. pencil and paper
  4. scissors
  5. Sander ( Not essential but makes the process go a lot faster )
  6. Paint
  7. Super Glue
  8. Small eyelets for hanging a picture (which I used) or go to a fishing store and buy the actual eyelets but mine work totally fine.
  9. Fishing drop shot weights. These are weights that's have a small metal clasp attached to them
  10. Hooks
  11. Some fishing line for testing

Step 1: Template Development

So whats a Lip-less Crank-bait?

Well a crank-bait is any lure that is cast out then reeled in or "cranked" in to the boat/shore at a consistent or variable speed. The shape of the lure will wiggle back and forth in the water as it is reeled creating the life like swimming motion. Most crank-baits have a "lip" on them which is a plastic tongue at the base of the head pointing downward at a specific angle which pushes the lure downward to a specific water depth. The main line attachment for these types of crank-baits is at the very front or nose of the lure. Because of this attachment point the lures motion is restricted so that only the body and tail will wiggle when reeled in but the head remains stationary.

A Lip-less Crank-Bait is a wider lure that looks like a fish and has its main line attachment to the back or top of the head apposed to the front. This allows not only the body and tail to wiggle back and forth but also the head because the pivot points is slightly more centered on the body of the lure.

Template development

If you are unfamiliar with what a lip-less crank-bait looks like I'd recommend doing a quick google image search to get an idea of what it looks like and also find a basic shape and design to follow.

Step 1 - lay out a white piece of paper and trace 1 side of the starting piece of wood then roll the wood over and trace the other side

Step 2 - now sketch out the general lure design and then using a PENCIL darken the outline of the finished design. To match the design exactly to the other side fold the piece of paper directly in half down the spine or midpoint between the two rectangles so that the pencil side is exactly lined up with the other box. Now re-draw the lure with pressure, transferring the design to the other side. Now unfold the paper and darken up the pencil transfer.

Step 3 - using scissors cut out the template making sire to leave the spine or middle section attached. Fold the cut out template over the piece of wood and secure with tape to make it easier to trace.

Step 4 - using this template trace the outline of the paper onto the wood which will give you your final design directly on the wood.

snchrs2 years ago
a picture is worth a thousand words. Thank You
WillieF13 years ago

What were the dimensions of the wood block?

fullclip765 made it!3 years ago
ive got about 10 in my tackle all different shapes i used this design but used 2 treble hooks....nothing this detailed though because i put trebble hooks in them and cought gar all the time in the canal behind my house when i lived in Ft. Myers FL my tackrs up in hay loft with fishing stuff but i oaintet bottom egshell house paint and on top mixed green with dab if light gray for a off dark grean even down center and painted white pika dots and eyea but i used 2 treble hoos cus the gars will just apit iit lure rverytime thry hit bank u have to get their teeth or snag rm in the mouth good. i tgiught gar were easy to get in lure but hard ti hook em emid even put chicken livers in big trevle hiiks and they spit hook tihjt out.
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Corasaurus Rex (author)  fullclip7653 years ago

I love your comment as its in great detail but its hard to understand because of the spelling. I plan on using single hooks and not treble. The area I fish have a lot of pike and very many times i have had the pike bite the crank bait on the tail end putting two of the treble hooks in the through the top of its mouth and 1 through the bottom basically locking in shut. Getting a hook out of a tooth filled mouth is hard and annoying. so I prefer single hooks because I am for the most part a catch and release fishermen

KeithM93 years ago

Nice. I'm going to have to try this now.

Corasaurus Rex (author)  KeithM93 years ago

honestly its so simple you totally should. feel free to vote if you liked it

Great looking lure!

thank you very much it was so easy and fun to build !! feel free to vote if you like tit

Ehlers_TV3 years ago

Awesome ! LIke it !!!

Corasaurus Rex (author)  Ehlers_TV3 years ago

thanks !! toss me a vote if you like it

Great job. I'm guessing you are going to add a treble hook to the end of it somehow?

Corasaurus Rex (author)  ethanpnorton3 years ago

Thank you !

Yes I'll be adding hooks on the bottom and back of the lure closer to fishing season. I have kept them off for storage purposes. Adding a hook is very simple they attach similar to how you would put a key on a key ring.