Education Center for Making
by: Brad Wiegmann
The enjoyment and exhilaration of catching fish on lures you made
yourself cannot be measured. Nevertheless, the disappointment of not
knowing how to or inexperience in making your own lures can be
frustrating after spending hours trying to make your own lures. You
have all the correct equipment and materials needed but for some
unknown reason it just does not seem to work as it should. What is
the solution? Do-It Molds Corporation in Denver, Iowa, has the
answer, the Education Center located on their website. It offers
answers to questions, how-to articles, how-to videos, and
information on basic lead molding.
Do-It Corporation (www.do-itfishing.com) makes the world’s highest
quality fishing tackle molds and sells products needed to produce
custom crafted tackle. Any company would be satisfied with having a
quality product that anglers and lure builders insist upon; however,
Do-It Corporation recognizes the need to educate custom lure
builders in how-to construct their own lures. For novice custom lure
builders, it is like having all the answers without going through
the frustration of mistakes that custom lure builders experience.
Even old pros at building custom lures will benefit by exploring and
finding new ways of constructing lures in the Education Center.
Do-It Education Center has four sections to it: lead molding basics,
how-to videos, how-to articles, and ask the expert. In the section
lead molding, everything necessary to pour your own lead lures is
explained. Topics covered include getting started- what you need to
make your own tackle and simple steps to making great tackle; safety
first- lead molding precautions and appropriate safety equipment;
lead information- lead health warning, lead alloys, and lead
sources; lead casting- recommended lead casting equipment and tips
before you start lead casting; troubleshooting- casting problems
diagnostic guide; charts- metric conversion chart.
The section How-to videos covers topics such as, How-to powder
paint, How-to use heat resistant tubing, adding hair to lures,
finishing your own jigs, making your own weights, tackle crafting
today and several other informative videos. These videos are ideal
for custom lure builders who like to see exactly how to do it.
The next section is the How-to articles. These articles cover topics
on how to build and fish with lures that you can make yourself.
Along with helpful hints that have the exact products and molds
needed to build your own lures. Article topics in How-to articles
include, high speed tail-spins: simple modifications create a deadly
lure, refined spinnerbaits: ultra minnow-head gives you the edge in
hard-fishing waters, the gargolyle: a common lure with a different
look, buzzbaits: the new buzz-keel design makes a big splash and
several other informative articles.
The last section, Ask the Expert, allows custom lure builders the
opportunity to email their questions to Do-It so they can be
answered. Do-It Education Center already has a number of frequently
asked questions posted on the website such as, how much thinner do I
need to add to CS Coating vinyl jig and lure paint?, does Do-It
Corporation sell lead?, does Do-It Corporation create custom molds?,
and other commonly asked questions.
In the past, custom lure builders would spend a lot of their time
and money experimenting how to correctly and safely construct their
own lures; well, that is all in the past now with the Education
Center. Sounds like custom lure builder’s will have more lures and
time to do what they enjoy the most, go fishing.
Brad Wiegmann is a professional
fishing guide on Beaver Lake and outdoor writer. Contact him at
(479) 756-5279 or by e-mail at