TackleTime Ep.18 – Brandon Tatum – Wooden Lures

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Have you lost your favorite lure? How about wanting to buy it again and discovering that you can no longer find it anywhere? That’s what today’s guest experienced that pushed him to make his own wooden lures. Today’s guest is Brandon Tatum and we are talking about wooden lures.
His mission is to make his own lures so that when he loses one, he can make another. There is so much thought and detail in making wooden lures. From carving the wood, designing, painting, and choosing a color scheme. Making wooden lures is an enjoyable craft and hobby to do. If you’re a parent, it’s a cool project to do with your kids to get them involved.

Beginning Making Wooden Lures

Brandon has been making his own wooden lures for 2 years now. It was through the Youtube channel of Marling Baits that helped him create his own lures. He practiced making them and followed the step-by-step process.
In the beginning, Brandon bought a kit that comes with wire and other pieces. He mixed and matched it, and attached it to a standard spoon. He made a Mepps Syclops with a treble hook and a replica of a Cajun Sleigh that has red stripes.

Getting The Hang Of Making Wooden Lures

The first wooden lures he made were little perch and grasshopper popper, then he made jerkbaits. Brandon transitioned to a whole new level of making his own lures. All throughout making lures, he learned a lot. He discovered using epoxy for keeping the colors and crafting wires. He became better at adding details like dents in the nose, using a lexan for the lips. He uses a dragonfly glaze for sparkling color and spraying the scales. Over time, he refined these methods.

The Process Of Making Wooden Lures

In making wooden lures, you need to have a single block of wood and some tools. There are many different types of wood that have different buoyancies and densities. The trick here is to choose a wood that won’t break apart. Next, put them together by inserting and gluing the wire, or boring the wire through the body.
You have to look at the side profile, top view, corners, and edges of the wood. Not only that, the length, shape, size, and angle are also very important. Lastly, you have to weigh your lures in order for them to sit properly in the water.
Will they float? Maybe they will sink? Or maybe they will suspend in the water column. These are all important details depending on the type of lure you want to make.
There are so many directions in making wooden lures. You have to understand the process. The more you do it, the more it gives you an understanding of what you can make, what’s easy, and what’s not.
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