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Have you ever gone to your favorite tackle shop in search for a particular bait only to find out that they are sold out? If that lure is sold out, then chances are, everyone who purchased that bait is throwing it on the nearest lake.

Fish get familiar with lures that are constantly barraging them. After a while, they equate that bait with a steel hook in their head…and they quit hitting it altogether. One way fishermen are increasing their chances at landing fish is to custom paint their own lures. Custom painting lures is a great way to set your baits above the rest and show the fish something a bit different than what everyone else is throwing.

Painting your own baits is fairly simple. The items you need to get started are a small air compressor, an airbrush, paint and clear coat to protect the paint job.

Custom Painted Bass Lures

Custom painted wiggle wart

Small air compressors are not that expensive and can be purchased from any hardware store like Home Depot or Lowe’s. You can also use them for other jobs around the house like topping off the tires on your truck, cleaning off your work bench or keeping the kid’s soccer ball full.

The simplest airbrushes work with a single action mechanism where the depression of a single “trigger” results in paint and air flowing into the airbrush body and the atomized paint being expelled onto the target surface. Cheaper airbrushes and spray guns tend to be of this type.

Paasche Airbrush

Typical airbrush used to paint lures

Dual action or double action airbrushes separate the function for air and paint flow so that the user can control the volume of airflow and the concentration of paintflow through two independent mechanisms. This allows for greater control and a wider variety of artistic effects. This type of airbrush is more complicated in design than single action airbrushes which tend to be reflected in its cost.

Buying paint is the fun part. You can find paint at hobby shops or online. These colors you purchase should be the colors that reflect the food supply in your lake (if it’s a clear-water situation) or bold colors like orange, chartreuse and blue if you are in stained- or muddy-water situations.

Prepping the bait consists of removing the existing paint with sand paper, paint thinner or with a sand-blasting machine. Make sure all the original paint is gone and that you are starting with a smooth, clean surface. Then remove the hooks and O-rings and tape the bill with masking tape to keep the bill clean and free of over spray.

The key to painting lures is to start with spraying small amounts of paint a time AND to keep your hand moving across the bait. If you stop, your spray will not be evenly distributed across the length of the lure.

Perhaps the most important part of the entire process is the clear coat. This coat seals and protects the paint job and gives your bait a coat of armor.

When you are done painting the lure, hang it with a piece of wire for at least a day until the clear coat does not feel tacky.

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Spring fishing is almost here, and fishermen are coming out of hibernation. Early spring can be boom or bust depending on if you are on the good side of a cold front. This time of year, the weather patterns are somewhat cyclical. We will have three of four days of clear, mile-high skies followed by a low pressure front that pushes through, usually followed by either cold weather or rain…or both. Then the pattern repeats.

Most of us are not individually wealthy and have to work during the week. That leaves the weekend left for fishing. If the Fishing Gods are on your side, the cold fronts will push through on Sunday night leaving Saturday and Sunday day full of great fishing. If you have my luck, the front pushes through on Friday night leaving clear, blue-bird skies, chilly weather and a drop in fish activity.

There are some techniques that you can apply to help pry open the jaws of cold-front bass.

Scale Down
It’s important to scale down your lure presentation. Instead of picking up your baitcasting rod with 15-lb. test, go with a spinning rod with 6- or 8-lb. test.

Stay Tight and Slow Your Presentation
Fish are going to hold tight to cover under cold front conditions. Instead of blowing down a bank and hitting cover with one or two casts, slow down and dissect that cover with your casts. When you are finished, move your boat position and do the same thing from a different angle. The fish are going to be picky, and you are going to have to hit them in the head with your lure. By changing your boat position, you can increase your chances to getting your bait into strike range.

Go Deep
Bass in clear reservoirs like Bull Shoals Lake will move to deep water during high barometric pressure situations. If you were catching fish in five to 10 feet of water before a front, move to 15 or 20 feet.

Lures Selection
Drop Shotting has risen to the top of many fishermen’s lists in the past few years when the bite gets tough. Originally started on the west coast, drop shotting has made its way across the U.S., especially in clear water lakes and reservoirs.

4-inch Grubs are also a go-to lure for tough bass. Fished with an 1/8 oz. jig head, grubs have proven their existence for many years.

Suspending Jerk Baits are popular during early spring. These baits can be tweaked to suspend perfectly or fall very slowly. If your jerk bait rises, add weight by up-sizing the hooks, adding lead strips or adding additional O-rings to the hooks.

Don’t let a climbing barometer deter you from hitting the lake. Re-group, adjust and adapt your techniques to compliment the conditions, and you will have better success on the water.

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