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Care And Repair Of Fishing Lures by Keith Lee

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					by: Keith Lee

After buying or making the fishing lures there is still the responsibility of taking care of and
repairing them so that they are always in good condition. This requires some effort and time but
is usually easy for the angler who makes his own fishing lures.

Since he makes them and puts them together, he also knows how to take them apart and repair
them. He also has the tools and fishing lure parts necessary for such work. All the tools required
to assemble the parts and make the lures are explained on his page at http://www.make-your-
own-fishing-lures.com/hand-tools.html.

Fishing lures in general do not require much care when storing them in a home or shop. The best
idea is to put them into cabinet drawers or individual boxes so that they can be found easily and
can be kept dry. In humid climates or near the seashore it is important not to expose the metal
parts to the air; otherwise, hooks will rust and other metals will corrode.

Fishing lures that have feathers or hair should be kept in airtight containers so that moths and
other insects or small animals will not get to them. This also applies to new fishing lures that
haven't yet been used. Lures which have been used require considerable care if you want to get
the maximum use from them. Freshwater fishing lures usually require less care and repair than
saltwater ones.

In general, when examining any fishing lure you have made or bought it's a wise policy to repair
it if you are the least bit doubtful about its condition. Repairing usually means sandpapering the
part of the lure body that is slightly chipped and then touching up with a small brush, using
enamels or lacquers.

Replace the hooks with new ones if they are badly rusted. When doing this it is important to use
the same size and weight as the old ones so that the action of the fishing lure is not changed in
any way. If the damage is too bad and the lure cannot be repaired, throw it away after salvaging
any usable parts.

It doesn't pay to take chances with a fishing lure that is weak in any way. You may hook a record
fish but lose it if the lure is not dependable. Many anglers who buy their fishing lures in tackle
stores often use them until they fall apart, before buying new ones. But if you make your own
fishing lures you can afford to use only those that are still in good condition. It is better to be safe
than sorry.

This article was posted on April 20, 2005

				
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