I had seen a video for the bottle cap fishing lure sometime ago and finally had a raining day to give it a try.
Bottle cap lure? What am I talking about? If you haven't seen it don't fret. Check out this YouTube video below.
When you look at the homemade bottle cap fishing lure it most resembles an inline spinnerbait... well sort of, minus the spinner. Inline spinnerbaits are a pretty versatile. I personally have caught everything from crappie to nothern pike on store bought inline spinnerbaits, so I'm thinking this little bottle cap lure might do quite well. Yesterday I dug through my tackle box and found materials: a treble hook (you could use a single hook as well), a couple split rings, swivel (optional) and a rattle tube (which I use bottom jigs) for my little project. The rattle tube isn't really necessary, but you can find them at Bass Pro listed as Northland Fishing Tackle Buck-Shot Rattle Rings
Grab a drill with a 1/16" bit or a small nail and hammer to make the holes in your desired bottle cap (since I was going for a baby bass theme, I choose a green Michelob Marzen cap). I found it is best to try to get the hole in the crimp marks that hold the cap to the bottle. The reason is if you get the hole too far from the edge of the bottle cap it is nearly impossible to put on the split ring. Place a second hole opposite the first for the other split ring.
Fold bottle cap in half. If you want to add a little rattle you can use a rattle tube like I did, or a couple ball bearings would work just as well (or actually anything that will stay inside the folded cap and rattle around).
Add split rings and add on the hook to one of the split rings.
I added a swivel to the end where you would tie on the lure. The second option I added was outfitting the hook as a teaser hook. Got out my fly tying material and added 2 feathers to the treble hook.
Here it is the final result. But will it catch fish. I will update in the near future about it's catch-ability.
UPDATE: Well, I am happy to report that this homemade bottle cap fishing lure works. Only took a couple casts before a largemouth bass couldn't resist. They were all on the smallish size, but caught and released nonetheless.