This page contains an image gallery of homemade crankbaits from the Crankbait Masterclass. The templates, build instructions and video tutorials for each lure is provided in the Crankbait Masterclass, along with painting tutorials and parts lists.
Lipless Cranks And Rattlebaits
Flat Sided Cranks
Minnows tend to be longer, more slender lures, plugs are shorter and more stout. Most of the lures shown here are floating lures that dive when they are retrieved.
Some of these lures are very simple, others contain complex internal detail like weight shift mechanisms for longer more accurate casting. Or low tone rattles for sound that fish can really hear.
All of these lures can be made by anyone who is willing to learn a few simple techniques!
Suspending jerkbaits take some knowledge and patience to perfect - but if you want to catch some great fish when everyone else if finding them shut down it's worth perfecting suspending jerkbaits!
One thing you need to be aware of is that the ability of a jerkbait to suspend is affected by water temperature. A lure that suspends perfectly in summer will slowly float in winter. One that suspends in winter will slowly sink in summer. Fishing jerkbaits properly means making adjustments on the fly to get your lure suspending perfectly.
It's easier to add weight to a slow floating lure than to reduce the weight of a slow sinking one, so I recommend weighting your suspending lures for summer temperatures and then using suspendots or other tricks to get them suspending in any conditions
Lipless Cranks And Rattlebaits
Lipless crankbaits and rattlebaits open up a whole new range of possibilities for catching fish when other lure styles draw a blank.
This is especially so with wooden lipless cranks and rattlebaits because the sounds and vibrations are more natural to fish than those made by other hard bodied styles
One of the main tricks with lipless crankbaits is getting your weighting and the balance of the lure right. Most of my lipless lures contain a combination of fixed and moving internal weight, which helps with balance, action and casting (plus sound, of course!)
Don't forget: Lipless cranks have massive flat sides that shift a lot of water and create a strong vibration, but those sides also create an opportunity to create amazing flash, which is like a beacon to hungry predatory fish. Foiling and high gloss clear coats are great ways to capitalize on this quality!
Plugs tend to be stout, rotund little bibbed lures. They are great because they tend to move a lot of water and create a strong vibration.
In the Crankbait Materclass we make square billed plugs designed for fishing heavy cover, wakebaits for creating a sub-surface disturbance and deep diving plugs that scour the depths for a lunker. Some are silent, others contain rattles. All catch fish when they are used properly in the right circumstances.
Flat Sided Cranks
As the name suggests, traditional, flat sided crankbaits tend to be deep bodied, flat sided lures. They run at a variety of depths, depending on diving lip and towpoint configuration and are almost always "silent" lures that contain no rattles. Usually they were made of cedar wood.
During the Crankbait Masterclass we certainly learn all of the skills you'd need to make traditional flat sided baits (and then some). But we also turn the traditional flat sided crankbait on it's head, making variations that include low tone rattles, ultra-stealth versions, weight transfer systems and different materials (eg balsa).
You'll find that being able to modify standard and traditional lure patterns is an extremely handy skill. It means you can tailor make a design to a specific technique you use, location you fish or bait species you imitate.
One of the major advantages of wooden lures is the stealth factor. There are times when a rattling lure will scare fish off. Like in hard-fished waters where they have become educated not to eat rattling lures. Or during a tournament when they are seeing and hearing dozens of rattling lures each day.
Wooden lures are often referred to as "silent", but they're actually not. Hooks and rings clatter against the lure body to create a rattling sound. It's a lot quieter than a plastic lure, but it's not silent.
During the Crankbait Masterclass we make this great ultra silent flat sided, deep diving crank. The design uses no rings and the hooks clip to the body to prevent rattling, releasing after a fish strikes.
This is an extremely successful design that you won't find in commercial production. Just one more reason to start making your own crankbaits...... so click on the link below to sign up and get started!
If you’re new to custom crankbait making you’ll quickly find yourself able to make any of these lures and catch fish with them! If you’re more experienced you’ll still find plenty to learn, with many of these lures unique and unavailable anywhere else.