Light Fishing Lures
Ultra Light Lures For Ice Fishing
One problem often encountered in both fresh and salt water is how to cast light fishing lures such as a small panfish bug, a tiny spoon, or a light jig, with heavy fishing tackle.
Some of these lures may weigh only a fraction of an ounce and are too light to cast with a spinning, bait-casting, or surf spinning rod.
To get around this problem and at the same time create a rig which attracts fish, anglers have made up a
Another lure which is widely used in trolling for blues and other fish is the so-called "bone" or
Years ago these light fishing lures were made from hollow, tubular animal bones, such as those from cats, chickens, and turkeys. Today, with plastic tubes available in various diameters, lengths, and colors, very few natural bones are used.
Somewhat similar is the
rubber tube lure
made from a length of surgical rubber tubing.
Another lure made by saltwater anglers who fish for herring or mackerel is shown in the illustration below. It can be made from any shiny metal such as nickel, chrome-plated brass, or stainless steel.
These ultra light fishing lures should be small for herring, say about 2 in. long and 1/4 in. wide. The thickness or gauge of the metal used will depend on the weight you want. Metal about .04 in. thick is
good for the size of lure suggested here.
After the lure is cut out it should be polished and
then twisted as shown in the illustration above. A hole should be drilled in one end for the fishing line.
If you use a single hook you can either solder it on or rivet it to the metal. If you use a small treble hook, add a split ring and attach the hook to this.
This lure is jigged up and down from a boat, a pier, or other spot where there is deep water and herring present. It can also be used in freshwater ice fishing.
Other light fishing lures for herring, shad, small bluefish, and similar fish can be quickly made with a hook and some tin foil, tinsel, or cellophane.
Take a small hook such as No. 2 either in regular shank or long shank, wrap the tin foil or cellophane around it, and then tie the ends with red nylon or silk thread. If you want to, add a small feather or two at the tail of the lure.
You can also make natural looking molded-rubber lures which so closely resemble frogs, minnows, crayfish, hellgrammites, nymphs, larvae, and other natural baits that they look almost alive.
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