Create Custom Lures

Combo Creature "One of my favorite lure modifications is to make a creature bait that is balanced for swimming, and has a bulkier body for holding a big flipping hook when I¿m fishing in heavy cover," says Alabama pro Jimmy Mason. He creates such a lure by combining a 6-inch Yum Lizard with a Yum Woolly Hawgtail creature bait in a four-step process. 1. Cut off the back legs and tail of the plastic lizard. 2. Cut off the creature bait¿s front section where it
connects with the tail and flappers. 3. Use a lighter to melt the end of the front portion of the plastic lizard and the tail section of the creature bait. 4. Press the two sections together for 15 to 20 seconds to create a new lure.
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Do-Something Fry Through a variety of alterations, six-time Bassmaster Classic-qualifier Kelly Jordon can change a do-nothing worm, such as a 4-inch Lake Fork Ring Fry, into a lure with livelier action. His favorite modification is to cut at least four slits- 1 1/2 to 2 inches long - on one side of the lure to give it tentacles. "It works for just about any way you want to fish it," says Jordon. "When you flip it and it comes over something, it will fall with a more natural look because those tentacles give the bait a tail action." The Texas pro also suggests cutting slits in both ends of the lure and rigging it wacky-style.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Wigglier Swimbaits "You can take a lot of swimbaits out of the package and tell if they¿re good ones right off the bat because of the way the tail droops," says Mike McClelland, a six-time winner on the BASS tournament trail. "When you hold it upside down, if the tail doesn't completely fold around and about touch itself, its not going to wiggle that well." The Arkansas pro improves the tail action of swimbaits with either a lighter or scissors. To do so, he heats the thinnest part of the tail with a lighter. "You're just changing the consistency of the plastic a little bit and softening it up," says McClelland. Cutting triangular notches in the top and bottom of the rear section also allows the tail to wiggle more effectively.Outdoor Life Online Editor
TRAILER TRIMMINGS BASS pro Brian Snowden makes some simple alterations to the plastic chunks and craws he attaches to his jigs. Using a Zoom Super Chunk, he cuts notches in the legs to make them look more like crayfish pincers. 1. Starting at the end of the tail, make a triangular cut - about 1/2 inch - on the inside portion of one leg. 2. Repeat the process on the other leg to give the chunk a crayfish-pincer look. 3. At the top of the legs, where they connect to the chunk, cut the inside of both legs at an angle toward the base and then remove the excess plastic by cutting along the base of the chunk.Outdoor Life Online Editor

With a few modifications, store-bought soft-plastics become custom bass baits