Home made grub lures

Homemade bait maker Anthony Wood is back with us again! This time he's going to show us a great way to make our own grub lures. They're nice and cheap, and environmentally friendly to boot!

I have been predator fishing for about two seasons now and one of my favourite lures to use is something called a "Grub" these are available in numerous sizes and colours and they even have different tail patterns.

Now one of the things I love to do is make my own fishing baits, floats, etc. Too me it is an extension of my fishing and as you can imagine it wasn't long after I started predator fishing that I was making my own spinners and bottle cap lures. However, I absolutely loved fishing with grubs whether it was on a jig head or attached to a spinner. The one I want to concentrate on is the one that looks like a very large maggot with a curly tail. Why this one? Well simply put it is my favourite design and I love the way it moves in the water.

I became Pro-Staff for an American company called www.Schadeycreeklures.com and they produce a lure called "lil worm" which is one of my favourite lures to use and is basically a big (for the UK) spinner with a large hook which you attach a 6-8" grub onto. This got me thinking how can I add extra attraction to this and the answer was to make my own grubs.

I wanted to produce a grub that would leak off attractant, be fairly sturdy and if it happened to come off would dissolve in water over a period of time. In other words I wanted a biodegradable grub that was reasonably cheap to produce but would be good quality.

So the first thing I needed to do was make or find a grub mould. Looking around there were several options but the one that I opted for was from a company called "Lure Factors" and it was a silicone liquid for making your own moulds, here is a link if you want to make your own.


Create your 'grubs' out of plasticine...

Create your 'grubs' out of plasticine...

Right so now I had the silicone but I needed to make the initial mould for the silicone to go in to. A simple way to do this is to get a container such as a lipped dish then using plasticine create the shape of the lure that you want, allow to set slightly for a couple of days and you are ready to create your mould.

...or modelling clay, then place in a shallow dish

...or modelling clay, then place in a shallow dish

The other way to create a mould is by getting a heat resistant tile and sculpting a grub or two depending on the size you want out of modelling clay in the centre of the tile. Place this in a pre-heated (220*C) oven for the time stated on the clay. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down. Now take some cardboard and create a rectangle around the grub leaving plenty of space around it. Seal in place by duct tape and plasticine around the base to make sure no mixture can escape.

Prepare the silicone as instructions...

Prepare the silicone as instructions...

Prepare your silicone as directed and pour over the grub mould until it is covered by at least 1 inch of silicone (or as much as you can if you haven't got an inch of space. Allow to completely dry before removing from the cardboard. You should now have a completely reusable grub mould.

...and pour over the moulds until covered

...and pour over the moulds until covered

So we are now onto the mixture for making your very own biodegradable plastic lure, this bit is actually the easy bit although be careful what flavouring you use as it can get a little on the smelly side.

There are two ways to do this the first is to get some gel powder from Fritz Germany their UK shop is www.mh-tackle.com then simply mix 1 part gel powder to 2 parts warm water, add 5ml Flavouring per 20g gel powder, once it's all mixed together simply pour it into your mould and place in the fridge to set.

The other way to prepare them gives you a slightly more robust finish but doesn't have quite as many proteins as the Fritz Germany gel powder.

You will need the following ingredients:

6g Glycerine

22g Gelatin (unflavoured from the supermarket)

114ml Hot Water

1g Powdered Food Colouring

2ml Flavouring

5ml Additive (of your choice)

10g Potassium Sorbate

Now add all of the ingredients together into a small saucepan stirring constantly until there are no clumps of mixture left.

Put the saucepan on the cooker/stove and heat until it starts to "froth".  Make sure you stir the mixture constantly while you are waiting for it to "froth".  As soon as your mixture froths remove it from the heat and keep stirring.  With a spoon scoop out the excess froth making sure there are no lumps or clumps in the mixture.

Pour the hot liquid directly into your moulds and set aside to dry.  Once dry, remove your bait from the moulds and trim any excess off.

Pour in the mixture and then leave to set

Pour in the mixture and then leave to set

If you want a harder bait use less Glycerine, if you want your bait softer use more Glycerine.  It may take several days for your bait to dry completely depending on humidity and temperature of where your drying it so please be patient as you will end up with a safe and biodegradable alternative plastic bait.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my article and it has inspired you to have a go at making your own lures.

Tight lines and happy experimenting.


If you found this helpful, why not check out Anthony's website, http://homemadeboilies.wordpress.com/

The finished lures ready for use, and your moulds ready for another batch!

The finished lures ready for use, and your moulds ready for another batch!