Plastic Crankbaits

How To Make Fishing Lures by Vlad Evanoff

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For now I will assume you are starting with Real Pro's Crankbait bodies. These are unpainted crankbait bodies which only require to be painted and the attachment of hooks. See the chart below for the appropriate hook and split ring size for each crankbait.

Crankbait Hook and Split Ring Chart


Hook Size

Split Ring Size

2" Diver


3 or 4

3" Diver


3 or 4

4" Diver


3 or 4

5" Diver

4 or 2

4 or 5

3" Shad

6 or 4

3 or 4

4%" Shad

4 or 2

4 or 5

3" Minnow

8 or 6

2 or 3

4" Minnow

6 or 4

3 or 4

5" Minnow


4 or 5

Diving Crankbaits Bodies

Shad Body

Painting these crankbait bodies may be done by dipping, air brushing or hand brushing. Please see next section on making and finishing wooden crankbaits for details.

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  • Andrew Hill
    How to find lure "split ring size"?
    9 years ago
    How painting the wooden lures?
    8 years ago

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