Musky America Magazine January 2023 Edition

the lure's performance in the water. Frankly, even an epoxy coating will not be completely resistant to the relentless action of the hooks as the lure is retrieved. Notice also the wear on the lure body at the joint of the lure. This is the result of the jointed rear of the lure clacking against the front of the lure. This clacking is desirable when fishing the lure in poor light conditions and is very similar to the wear upon jointed crank baits as they are retrieved. How do you solve the body wear problem? You could retire the lure and buy a new one but this lure works so well, which is why it is so beat up, and there is no guaranty that a new lure will have the same action. You could disassemble the lure, strip it down to bare wood, sand it smooth, primer coat it with Kills and apply a new finish coat. Unfortunately, this too may cause the lure to become a "different" lure when put back into service. The most benign solution to exposed wood is the use of gun stock finish varnish. Truoil gun stock finish can be found at almost any sporting goods store and can be applied with relative ease. There are two tricks to this method of protecting the exposed wood. You MUST let the lure dry out completely. This is essential. If the lure is not completely dry, you