DIY Lure Repairs
Early winter is a tough time for anglers. Many times the weather is a bit too cold to hit the stream and not cold enough to provide the ice needed to hit the lakes. But instead of sulking and wishing you could be fishing you could use this down time to clean and repair your lures, making sure they are top notch when you do get out.
Almost every angler I know has a box of old lures, one that have seen better days but that they just can’t push themselves to throw away. Instead they throw them in the box, tin can or old tackle box and go to the store for replacements. Now don’t get me wrong, I look for any excuse to buy more lures, but wouldn’t it be nice to have BOTH the old and new in the tackle box and ready to go? Chances are the only reason you are not already fixing your favorite but busted lures is because you think it is too complicated. Good news is it is only as complicated as you care to make it. Most repairs can be made with minimal effort and basic tools, or you can go the extra mile and make it as fancy as you wish.
The first step to making sure lures enjoy a long, productive life is keeping them clean. If you fish in fresh water this usually means little more than removing debris and letting the lures air dry prior to storage. For the salt water anglers it is recommended you rinse your equipment with fresh water after each use. Once everything is dry store each lure in a container that will prevent tangling of hooks or banging together and protect them from exposer to moisture.
Most crank baits, top waters and plugs are manufactured from plastics which make them easy to maintain and repair. First, inspect each and look for cracks. If any are found fill with cement or epoxy. Next, check each eye hook and the bill for any which may be loose. Most can be fixed with a dab of cement or super glue. After that check the bodies for chips or missing finish. Small spots can be touched up with a brush and some enamel or lacquer paint. If large areas are damaged the entire lure can be sanded and repainted with either a brush or inexpensive hobby airbrush- similar to those used by model builders. Finally, check each hook for rust or signs of damage. Most times a little steel wool and a small sharpener is all you need. If real bad just swap them out for new hooks. A good way to increase a hook’s life is to paint each with a thin coat of varnish or black enamel.
So there you have it, simple ways to fix your favorite lures with nothing more than a few minutes and a couple basic tools. Plus, you can even do it while watching your favorite outdoor show.
Good luck, good fishing!