Having recently been researching lures for bass fishing I came across a gentleman from Liverpool who makes what can only be described as lures that are works of art.
Paul Adams has been making hand-made lures on an artisanal scale, each hand crafted, hand painted and born from his passion about fishing. I found Paul’s lures last year when reviewing the lure market and with so many lures coming in from the Far East it was good to find the art of lure making still alive in the UK.
Paul has a video that shows how he creates these works of art, crafted out of resin, balsa or Scots Pine then painstakingly prepared and painted then finally coated in a high gloss epoxy coating. Each lure is as individual as a Zebra for these are truly hand crafted and not mass manufactured. Every lure is balanced and tested and then finally numbered and signed by Paul.
See http://hand-made-lures.myshopify.com/ also homeluremaking.blogspot.co.uk
The range of lures Paul makes covers floating/shallow diving and his fast sinking 29g Hybrid Casting Spoon the latter being an innovative development.
Paul recently sent me some lures to try out, his Montana John ‘Perch’ pattern and a large Pine Wobbler made of Scots Pine and Epoxy would definitely attract predatory fish. One other 14g floating lure he sent was in Chartreuse with a red under belly this one I felt would be good for bass as well as pike.
I guess the ultimate test will be to put these in the water so with a trip to Norfolk on the cards for next week I hope to be able to update this post with a catch report.
If nothing else you should buy yourself a couple of these lures from Paul if not more as these lures are works of art much in the same vein as some of the UK top float makers.