I was going through my tackle box a few months ago and came across half a dozen she dogs and she pups that were on their last leg. Most of them had large chunks of paint that had chipped away and I could tell that I was needing to replace them. While I love throwing she dogs and she pups for redfish, they usually don’t last very long. The paint always seems to start chipping away once a few good fish are caught and often times they will not last more than a trip or two. I hate throwing lures away so I started thinking about what I could do with them other than just getting rid of them. I grabbed a sheet of 60 grit sand paper from the tool box and decided to see if it would remove the remaining paint. With a little bit of work the paint came right off leaving a nice looking bone colored lure that I knew I could use. I followed the 60 grit up with some 320 grit to give it a smoother texture and then started working on the others. By the time I had finished, I was the owner of four bone colored she dogs/pups. While I liked the look of them, I didn’t really need four of the same color. I decided to experiment with coloring them in a variety of different ways to see what I could come up with. I added a little epoxy once I was finished to make sure they were sealed properly. The epoxy was clear and would protect them with from chipping or fading away like before. It’s a fun rainy day project when you can’t get on the water to fish. The great thing about it is that you can choose whatever color you want and you are only limited to what ever your imagination can come up with.
Removing the Paint
The first thing you need to do is remove the hooks and split rings from the lure. You’ll have a much easier time sanding paint away without having to worry about them.
Once the lure is hook free you’ll need some painters tape to protect the eyes. The material the eyes are made of will scratch easily if sandpaper rubs across them so covering them with the tape will keep them from scaring during the sanding process.
Once the eyes are covered and the hooks and split rings have been taken off you are ready to remove the rest of the paint. You’ll want to use the 60 grit sand paper first to remove the larger portions of paint that are still on the lure. Working around the eyes can be a bit difficult so tearing the sand paper into small strips or folding it will help. Be sure to work carefully around the eyes so that you do not scar them in the process.
Now that the majority of the paint has been removed you can follow up with the 320 grit paper to remove any small amount of paint that remains and also to give it a nice smooth texture. You are now ready to apply your color or design to the lure.
Bone She Pup
This one was the easiest to create because once the paint had been removed you were done. The base color used when the she dogs are created is a good looking bone color, so once you complete the steps above you are finished. I did not coat this one with any epoxy because it would not have served much of a purpose.
Pink She Pup
To create the pink she pup I decided to give spray paint a try. I bought a can of the brightest pink I could find and added a design to the side before applying the paint. I took some painters tape and cut small strips from the roll and placed a long skinny strip down each side of the lure. Then I cut a few smaller strips and placed them on top and bottom of the first strip angled back towards the tail end of the lure. I repeated this process on both sides.
I taped up the eyes so that they would remain red and hung it in the garage with a small piece of cardboard behind it. I sprayed the lure on all sides making sure all areas received an even shade of pink and let it set for the night.
The next day I removed the strips of tape which left small white designs down both sides of the lure. I thought this would look better than a solid pink one.
I applied the epoxy and sprinkled some silver glitter on the lure while it was still wet. The glitter stuck to the epoxy and after it had dried the finished product below is what I had.
Sharpie She Pup
My next lure involved a fine point sharpie and a good amount of time and patience. I drew nearly a thousand small circles all over this she dog to make them look like tiny scales. I started at the back of the lure and began by drawing a line of circles towards the head. I stopped when I reached the eye and began branching out in all directions by connecting each small circle with the one next to it. It took about thirty minutes of work but when I had finished I liked how it looked.
I was about to apply the epoxy to seal the lure when I friend mentioned that even though I used a sharpie which has permanent ink, the chemicals in the epoxy might cause it to run a little. He suggested using a paint pen next time which I plan on doing. I didn’t have much of a choice since I had done all the work so I went ahead and applied the epoxy to it anyway. While the marker did run a little, it didn’t completely destroy the design. Instead, I went from a white lure with small black scales to a gray lure with small black scales. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted but the end result still looked alright.
American Flag She Dog
This is by far my favorite lure that I have painted. I used painters tape, finger nail polish, and small star stickers to create it. I started off by wrapping a piece of the painters tape around the head of the lure going back behind the eye and stopping about a half an inch past the eye. Once the head was protected I cut a few short but thin strips of tape and ran them back towards the back of the lure trying to keep them spaced apart evenly.
I then took the red finger nail polish and painted the entire back end of the lure by covering the exposed areas of the lure and the thin strips of painters tape. Finger nail polish dries fast so after 30 minutes I was able to remove the thin strips of tape which created the red and white portion of the flag. I also removed the tape from the head of the lure and did the exact same thing to the back end of the lure. I carefully wrapped the edge of the tape around the area I had just painted behind the eyes and covered the rest of the back end. Now the only portion exposed was the head. I took the small star stickers and carefully placed them all over the head of the lure.
Once the eyes had been covered with the painters tape I began painting the head of the lure blue until the entire thing was coated, stars included. I watched the lure closely as the finger nail polish dried and when it was nearly complete I used a pair of tweezers to carefully remove the stars. I wasn’t sure how well they would come off once nail polish had completely dried and didn’t want to find out. Once the stars were removed I let the head dry completely before removing all of the tape except for the eyes. I hit it with a thin coat of the epoxy and the picture below is the finished project.