Custom made fishing lures

Custom made fishing lures | Dave Killalea

Master fishing lure craftsman Dave Killalea’s favourite pastime is designing and creating custom made fishing lures for a particular purpose.

And I’m not talking about a lure for barra or jacks etc. I’m talking about something much more specific than that!

By “custom fishing lure” I mean for example; a 6 inch hard bodied lure to run at 40 feet for dam barra when trolled at 4.2 knots.


All custom fishing lures are made for a particular purpose numbered and signed by Dave Killalea

It is this attention to detail and passion for lure making that led Dave to create his first ever custom lure - one he made for himself - to tackle big barra lurking at the top of the western rocks in the Townsville break wall.

The rest of course is history as those lures became the ever popular 4 inch Killalure and he went on to found and later sell, one of Australia's most successful lure brand collections.

He now operates under the name Old Dog Lures.

I wouldn't like to count the number of big fish I have caught on a Dave Killalea designed and hand crafted fishing lure.

His most recent projects include a 12 m plus barra lure and some heavy duty poppers for the offshore fishing enthusiast chasing GT's and dog tooth tuna. Old Dog customs are made tropical tuff and that's tough!

Custom made poppers for tackling giant GT's offshore

I love talking to Dave as he is an absolute wealth of knowledge of all things lures and during our latest chat, we looked at some of his recent custom projects.

And even if you don't have the expertise (or the money) to put one of Dave's custom lures to the test, you will be sure to learn about this wonderful craft and what really goes into the making of a top class lure by watching the below video.

All of Dave's custom lures are numbered and will be sure to become highly sought after collectors items.

You can learn more about Dave's custom work here: OLD DOG LURES | CUSTOM MADE via his website Old Dog Lures

For Dave's take on the perfect barra lure, check out our previous post here: In search of the perfect barra lure

Do you have a great fishing yarn about a DK barra lure or maybe have an old one in your collection? Let us know in the comments as we love to hear your stories.



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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • John Howson

    Reply Reply April 9, 2016

    He sounds like a very interesting man with a lot of knowledge about lures, I suppose he has been making them for a fare few years most probably made 1000s of them, I have made a few myself and it is always good to see how they work in the water, mine are not as good as his though

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