to Make Great Lure Covers
Baits with Treble Hooks!
Dave Johnson - Bass Pro Radio.Com
you ever bent over to pick up a rod and found that when you pick up the
one you want you get two or three others because the treble hooks from one
of your rods has become tangled in the line or lures of the other rods?
There are two things you can do to really cut down on this problem.
every time you put a rod down, place the hook into one of the guide frames
and then pick up the line going from the bait to the rod tip and wrap it
around the rod at least twice. When
you wrap the line around the rod it also takes the line running through
the guides and pushes it down against the rod, making it harder for hooks
from other rods to get tangled in your line.
put a lure cover over all baits with treble hooks!
What is a lure cover? There
are many available from all catalog stores but if you have a half hour you
can make enough lure covers to last you a few years.
go to a fabric store and ask if they have head liner material for a car.
If they do, buy a single square yard.
It normally comes in a few different colors.
I normally buy either blue or black.
This material is cloth on one side and a foam sponge on the other
side. Also pick up some hook
and loop material (Velcro). You
will need about 4 feet of this stuff.
Get the hook side with a sticky backing and the loop or fuzzy side
with no sticky stuff.
the headliner material home and dig around your kitchen for a bowl about 7
inches round. Lay the bowl on
the backside (foam side) of the headliner and draw as many circles as you
can get on the material. Now
take a pair of scissors and cut out all the circles.
the sticky backed hook material and cut it into 3 inch pieces.
You will need the same number of 3 inch pieces as you have circles
of headliner. Peel the
backing off the sticky side and put it on the cloth side of the circle
starting at one edge and going toward the center of the circle, sort of
like the hands of a clock but start at the edge and go to the middle.
cut the loop or fuzzy side of the Velcro into 5 inch pieces.
Again you will need the same number of 5 inch pieces as you have
circles. Take the loop or
fuzzy side and put it over the hook side for about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch so
the 2 pieces hold together. This
will leave about 4 inches to hang past the edge of the circle.
It will sort of look like a ping pong paddle if you did it right.
take a rod with a crank bait tied on and the rear set of hooks hooked into
the bottom guide frame. Take
your new lure cover and lay the lure and rod into the middle of the
circle. Fold the side
opposite of the Velcro loop/fuzzy end in, and cover it with the side with
the Velcro loop/fuzzy side. Wrap
the Velcro loop/fuzzy side around the rod and lay it on the hook side of
the Velcro. Now you have a
snag proof rod.
also work great at keeping your pork from drying out when you are using a
jig and pig. Just wet the
lure cover down and the sponge side will keep your pork from drying out!
me this is a big time saver!! Now
when I pick up a rod, I only pick up one, and not all of them on the
deck!!! The cover peels right off and goes in to my pocket until I am
ready to change rods again!