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How I Modify Lures on the Fly

Mike Iaconelli

No matter how many lures you carry in your boat theres always a color you need but dont have. Thats a problem that plagues professional anglers just as much as recreational anglers. You just cant carry every color combination of every bait out there.

Ive solved that problem with a few quick tricks that allow me to change or alter colors quickly and efficiently. Here they are

First of all I mostly carry just the basic colors in every lure. Id rather have more shapes, sizes and actions than colors, especially when it comes to my hard baits. I can change colors quickly with simple paint markers that are sold in hobby stores. Theyre cheap and they dry in a minute or two in the boat.

Spike It Dip-N-Glo Markers
Spike It Dip-N-Glo Markers

I can make a black back, a blue back, a white belly, a chartreuse belly or a shad spot almost as quick with them as I can dig a new lure out of my tackle.

With my plastics its all about dye. Im a firm believer that you cant carry too many white plastic lures in your boat. They can be changed into almost any color or color combination with a Spike It product. Its the easiest way I know of to match the hatch.

Look over everything they offer and buy what works for you. Im partial to the pens. I do, however, carry some of their liquid dyes and a handful of Q-tips for detail work.

A third thing I want to talk about is taking the shine off of your lures hard and soft. Those of you who follow me know that Im a firm believer in making things look old. Not much out there is all new, perfect and shiny.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

To get that worn look I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Pad. Theyll take the shine off of anything and the beauty of using them is that you can just take a little off, or a lot. Its your choice. I used to use steel wool but I like the Magic Erasers better. I have more control with them.

Everything Ive talked about here can be carried is a medium size clear plastic freezer bag and stored almost anywhere. Modify your lures on the fly when you fish. Youll have more efficiency and success, and youll save a ton of money by not buying lures that you rarely throw.

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By: Mike Iaconelli
Title: How I Modify Lures on the Fly
Sourced From: blog.mikeiaconelli.com/2019/08/how-i-modify-lures-on-the-fly/
Published Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2019 16:00:56 +0000

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