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How To Make A Fishing Lure Out of a Wine Cork

Stock your tackle box with a cheap bass fishing plug made from a recycled plastic wine cork

Next time you enjoy wine with dinner, hang on to the cork, which you can make into an effective bass plug. I've fooled more than one lunker with these lures—and saved some money, too. They're easy to make, and chances are you already have most of the necessary parts. One tip: Use plastic wine corks. They don't crack, are easy to cut and shape, and have a smooth finish once painted.

Photo by Chris Philpot

Instructions:
[1]
With a Dremel tool, or circular rat-tail file, shape the front of the cork in the profile of a floater-diver plug. (Or hollow out the front to make a popper.) Next, drill a 1/16-inch hole through the middle and insert the wire shaft.

[2] Bend a U in the front end of the wire so that you have a short length—about 1 inch long—that is parallel to the main shaft. With needle-nose pliers, squeeze the short end of the wire and main shaft together Keeping your grip on the pliers with one hand, insert a large finishing nail into the loop formed in the wire, and twist the nail 3 to 4 times This will form the hook eye.

 

[3] With the pliers, pull the rear end of the wire until the hook eye abuts the front of the cork. Now slide the following, in this order, onto the wire: plastic bead, propeller blade, plastic bead, rubber skirt, treble hook. Repeat Step 2 on this end, making sure the hook is trapped in the newly formed wire loop. Paint the lure however you'd like. After the paint dries, cement one eye on each side. All you need now is water.

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from cas0905 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

got anything that uses a beer can?

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from nylebakker wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

made that and landed 2 bass, i didnt put a spinner in though, green and yellow skirt, and green paint

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I've been using the commercial, industrial ear plugs for years on steelhead rivers. They come in hi-vis green and hot pink. I use them in place of corkies, drifters. Make good indicators as
well on the fly rod. Now I guess the cork lure isn't much of a
stretch...

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from greenblues wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Use rubber bands from your old newspapers to make the rubber skirt.

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from Panfry101 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

I'll give someone a couple of bucks if you want to mail one to me.

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from ejonnasson wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

thanks for the great idea

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from ikematt2 wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

This is a great idea. Next time I get a cork I know what I'm doing for sure.

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from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Sounds easy I made a popper once and i caught a 6 and 4 pounder within 30 minutes of eachother

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from mexhunter wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

This is a great article. I made 3 of these. 2 sinking and a popper. I suggest that you use a soda cap for poppers, it makes more splash in each tug and looks cooler.

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I'm 17 and I Started hand carving lures just for fun a couple of years ago and i started with a lure just like this, but made of wood. Form there it wasn't too hard to make better and more detailed lures that work really well. The only bummer is is when you loose a lure you spent three hours making. they are its easy enough with a knife or a Dremel tool and just about anyone can do it with a little practice and some spare time.

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from jamesblonde wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

pretty cool, thanks for posting, i got to give that a try!

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from Geoff wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

Good idea and i am going to give it a try.

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from TomChuck wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

Thanks for the article. It's always fun to catch a fish with something you didn't buy from the store. If you got any ideas on something I could make a super spook with I'd like to hear about them. That my favorite top water lure.

Tom Chuck
Arizona Fishing

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from Ryan Burt wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

I knew these looked familiar, my granddads tackle box is full of these. I have been using them for years. I like the idea of a prop though.

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from smallgamehunter25 wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

time to go make one...

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from StoneRiverTackle wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great idea have lots of corks think Ill try it.

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from mike3560 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

FANtastic, I just so happen to have a few of these in my backpack survival gear, meant to be used as bobbers. Great idea. Two Fins up!

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from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I use colored rubber bands to make a colorfull skirt.

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from bass97 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Thats a great idea! I always enjoy making lures

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from Drew Swanson wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

you in fact can make a lure from a beer cap just look up how on youtube.com

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Nice! I like the illustrations. Easy to see how you get to the end product.

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from cas0905 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

got anything that uses a beer can?

+11 Good Comment? | | Report
from greenblues wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Use rubber bands from your old newspapers to make the rubber skirt.

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from nylebakker wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

made that and landed 2 bass, i didnt put a spinner in though, green and yellow skirt, and green paint

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from mexhunter wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

This is a great article. I made 3 of these. 2 sinking and a popper. I suggest that you use a soda cap for poppers, it makes more splash in each tug and looks cooler.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from ejonnasson wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

thanks for the great idea

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from countitandone wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I've been using the commercial, industrial ear plugs for years on steelhead rivers. They come in hi-vis green and hot pink. I use them in place of corkies, drifters. Make good indicators as
well on the fly rod. Now I guess the cork lure isn't much of a
stretch...

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Sounds easy I made a popper once and i caught a 6 and 4 pounder within 30 minutes of eachother

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I'm 17 and I Started hand carving lures just for fun a couple of years ago and i started with a lure just like this, but made of wood. Form there it wasn't too hard to make better and more detailed lures that work really well. The only bummer is is when you loose a lure you spent three hours making. they are its easy enough with a knife or a Dremel tool and just about anyone can do it with a little practice and some spare time.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Panfry101 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

I'll give someone a couple of bucks if you want to mail one to me.

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from ikematt2 wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

This is a great idea. Next time I get a cork I know what I'm doing for sure.

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from jamesblonde wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

pretty cool, thanks for posting, i got to give that a try!

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from Geoff wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

Good idea and i am going to give it a try.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from TomChuck wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

Thanks for the article. It's always fun to catch a fish with something you didn't buy from the store. If you got any ideas on something I could make a super spook with I'd like to hear about them. That my favorite top water lure.

Tom Chuck
Arizona Fishing

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ryan Burt wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

I knew these looked familiar, my granddads tackle box is full of these. I have been using them for years. I like the idea of a prop though.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from smallgamehunter25 wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

time to go make one...

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from StoneRiverTackle wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Great idea have lots of corks think Ill try it.

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from mike3560 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

FANtastic, I just so happen to have a few of these in my backpack survival gear, meant to be used as bobbers. Great idea. Two Fins up!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I use colored rubber bands to make a colorfull skirt.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bass97 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Thats a great idea! I always enjoy making lures

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Drew Swanson wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

you in fact can make a lure from a beer cap just look up how on youtube.com

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Nice! I like the illustrations. Easy to see how you get to the end product.

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