Lure Painting

This week’s blog was written by Lily S., a Bass alumni. Lily wanted to attend the academy to learn more about the environment and all the career opportunities available. Lily loves to spend time outdoors riding her bike, fishing, and hunting.

If you fish buying tackle especially hook can tend to cost a lot of money especially if you are going through many packs. That is why I started painting jigs. Not only does it save money but it is also a ton of fun.

These are the jigs that I use

So how do you paint jigs? You’ll need the jigs, the paint, and a candle. First and most importantly you want to make sure you are in a well-ventilated area. Next, you want to light your candle and fluff the paint by shaking the container. This will remove the clumps of paint.

Next, you will want to take your jig and put it about 1.5 in from the flame. The time to set the jig above the flame will depend on the size, so you may need to experiment a little to find the perfect time. After the jig has heated up you will want to dunk it in the paint and move it around quickly for about 2 seconds. Then shake the extra paint off. When you take it out the paint should melt and become shiny.

Painted jig heads and marabou jigs

After the jig cools down you have the option to bake the jig in an oven if you don’t bake it the durability will decrease. I usually don’t bake the jigs I paint and they tend to work fine. However, if you do tend to bake them look on the jar off the paint for the temperature at which you need to bake them and for how long. If you want to get fancy, you can even put some marabou and chenille on the jig. This will make it have a nice action in the water and many fish will bite.

The photos used in this blog belong to the author.