Making soft plastic fishing lures is an aspect of fishing that allows an angler to create custom and unique baits. A variety of natural baits can be imitated with soft plastic lures, ranging from toads and frogs to worms, crayfish and lizards.
Creating custom soft plastic baits requires the use of molds that feature the shape of the bait to be imitated. Making a bait mold is a simple process that can be accomplished with a handful of items.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- Flexible shallow metal container
- Disposable aluminum cooking pan
- Lure or bait to be copied
- Water-soluble clear coat
Set a flexible shallow aluminum container on a suitable work surface. Choose an aluminum cooking pan that is flexible, inexpensive and disposable.
Position the existing soft or hard plastic lure you will be imitating in the aluminum container. Arrange the lure so that you can obtain as many finished baits as possible, while still providing enough room around the sides to allow stability.
Remove the lure from the pan and add water to the pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with water and begin adding plaster powder. Mix the plaster and water together with a spoon and continue adding water and plaster to fill the container half full. Adjust the mixture to achieve a cake batter consistency.
Place the lure, or lures, to be copied into the plaster and press down firmly. Push the lures down to a depth where the upward facing top of the lure is even with the surface of the plaster.
Allow the plaster to dry thoroughly and remove the lures used to make the mold forms. Thoroughly coat the dried plaster mold with a water-based clear coat as a seal and to help release the poured lures.