Homemade Popper

Homemade Popper Superficial bait popper, very sharply and actively burst into the arsenals of many spinners. The characteristic gurgling and fountain of splashes in the jerk harness make the popper very interesting when fishing in percids and when hunting for pike standing on grassy shallows. It is not uncommon for the “croaking” of poppers to rise and crumble.

A lot of modern manufacturers of wobblers, offer various poppers and other surface baits. I will not challenge the catchability of branded models. However, such a bait as a popper is relatively easy to make yourself, from improvised materials, literally on the knee. And in the catchability of such homemade poppers, I was more than once convinced personally. Therefore, in my box there are only a few branded poppers, and the rest – homemade. In this post, I’ll only talk about one of the many ways to craft a popper. So I do them.

As a material, I use a dried willow stick, the required diameter. I cut out the workpieces with an ordinary penknife. Slightly flatten the sides. The tail part is narrowed. The front part of the popper is cut off at an angle with a metal hacksaw or a jig saw. A cup on the nose of a popper chooses a well sharpened round chisel of the suitable number. Then, I make the cut under the load, from below along the axis of symmetry. Procurement for popper is ready (Photo).

Popper Blanks Popper

Then, from a steel wire 0.5-0.8 mm in diameter, the popper frame is bent. Based on the dimensions of the bait, either the rear and front hinges are made, or else the third under the second tee from below. The frame is pasted into the propyl with a lead load. If in the cut, after the installation of the frame and lead there are voids, they can be sealed with pieces of ordinary matches, gently planted on the glue flush with the surface of the bait.

Homemade poppers soaked in linseed oil, so that if poked with a pike lacquer coating, the bait does not start to gain water. We paint a surface with nitrolac or oil paints with addition of a varnish. On top of another 1-2 thin layers of lacquer.

At the expense of the colors of poppers, especially my opinion: the color of popper – for the angler … The fish really hears the sounds, sees the game and the dark silhouette against the sky, as the bait goes over the surface. So, it’s better to choose colors that are well noticeable. This allows you to monitor the wiring of the popper even from a long distance. It is important. I usually paint poppers in bright, acidic, contrasting colors and their combinations. Small elements such as the eyes, gill covers, fins and scales, you can finish “for the soul” with an ordinary alcohol marker. And then apply the outer layers of the varnish.

We hang the tees through the winding rings. The rear tee can be (and sometimes even necessary) draped with a neat fly or a short bundle of rain. The size of tees is selected experimentally. Sometimes, the bottom is slightly more than the rear, it often allows you to ensure that the popper is good squelched when jerking. That’s all. If good running and sound data are achieved – you can experience the bait already on real fishing.

Homemade poppers

I result the scheme of the arrangement of the wire frame inside the homemade popper.

Wire frame

Poppers made in this way, I regularly catch a decent perch and pike grass. However, this design does not allow you to make a popper rattle, which is often put by producers of branded poppers. I’m working on making myself a noisy popper myself. Already have prototypes. When such a model successfully passes the test, I’ll write a post describing the manufacturing process. So, we are waiting for the season on the open!