Who all does this? I bought a teardrop jig mold online and started pouring and painting my own jigs this weekend. So far I’ve got about 100 jigs done. Waiting on the 2/0 and number one hooks to come so I can make some of the smaller sizes. Got the bigger ones covered this weekend. I thought it was fun and it will be nice catching fish on something I made.
Most cases the barbs on the wire keepers are to long (#400 @ I/8"). By cutting the barb in half with a side cutter they do a great job of holding small plastics on jigs 1/16oz and under without tearing them up. I would imagine the same thing would hold true on the heavier jigs and the large size wire keepers.
I have been making those jigs since that mold was available,very similar to the H20 style jig.But in the few past years,I quit using Eagle Claw and Mustad hooks,switched to Gamakatsu hooks and have not looked back.No more dicking around sharpening points and tossing jigs with rolled points.
I also modified a pair of pliers to make the plastics keeper,a lot cheaper than buying pre-made.
Been making my own jigs for over 30 yrs. Buy all my supplies at Reinkes in milwaukee. Closing soon though. Stopped this year have more jigs than I could ever use. Gave all my stuff to fishing buddy Plmlk. Maybe he will actually catch some fish this year. Is nice to catch fish on something you have created yourself. I made them from 64th oz all the way to half oz. Mostly. Fun but very time consuming.
Thanks Big Shane. 2 years ago I set up my boat with a kicker and a I troll system. I will keep at it and see what happens. Once I find a retired fishing partner in my area I plan on expanding my horizons to Petenwell Lake in next couple years. They seem to be doing better in that part of the lake. For me half the fun is trying to find them anyway. One more thing how did you do on the Mississippi river to day?
Westfield I do have a couple good spots downriver from the dam where I can occasionally get a legal limit. Mostly been fishing the river at la Crosse the last couple years though. Sometimes below the Pete dam you just gotta grind it out. Plastics in the spring and cranks in the summer.