One of my best producing lures is a Frankenstein.
Step 1. Choose a lure where you have the most confident in the body design
Step 2. Choose a lure where you have the most confidence in the appendage(s) design
Step 3. Combine the body of lure (1) with the appendages of lure (2)
That's the very process I use to evaluate the use of parts from different lures!!! What's more is catching fish on different Frankenstein mods sold no where
at any time in the past or present. The originality of the lure and the shear luck that fashioned it borders on the unnatural
As far as looking or acting natural
, I've learned by catching fish on all those pictured that fish in general are unable to care less
what the object looks like that provokes them to strike. That little quiver
of a lure or lure part is a prime
lure feature and that which a strive to create in every lure.
Fortunately I have a pond in my backyard that I can watch a lure in action before I fish it. If it lacks quiver
, I destroy it.
The more you create that catch fish, the more you realize how many designs work well - especially originals you create yourself and in colors you never would have thought wouldn't deter a strike (IE bright pink, fluorescent chartreuse). But I have to admit that I am partial to certain color combinations for certain lures such as a pearl
cone-tail added to a grub body:
(Kind a looks like a mini-Ned rig which always
Other than adding parts to a lure, just shortening it
and rigging it on say a very light jig
head can make all the difference! It's something I do when fishing shallow water in spring or early morning in summer.
Slider Worm caught this 7 lb catfish:
Also, making a lure longer is fine as long as it doesn't compromise its action:
I added the hand poured paddle tail for more action with a twitch & fall retrieve.
(I use a candle 99% of the time.)