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by smalljaw
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Plastics
Topic: Plastic Hellgramites
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Plastic Hellgramites

Nikko is a good option, but I prefer the baits from a custom company called River Rock Baits. Located in the States, great customer service, and fantastic soft plastics - especially the hellgramite. You should definitely check them out. I've caught crazy amounts of smallies on them. This^^^^^!!! Th...
by smalljaw
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Hardbaits
Topic: Discontinued Hard Baits
Replies: 10
Views: 760

Re: Discontinued Hard Baits

The Mann's Waker Elite, the best wake crank ever made!!! What makes it so good is that you can burn it and it only goes 3" deep and it doesn't blow out. Every other wake crank I've tried, including the Buzzjet and Buzzjet Jr., either blows out at high speed or ends up diving too deep. Another bait h...
by smalljaw
Tue May 12, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Plastics
Topic: Finesse Shaky Heads?
Replies: 15
Views: 1950

Re: Finesse Shaky Heads?

3 inch worm on a 1/16 shaky head jig, I fish it on a St. Croix Legend panfish 7ft light extra fast with a Daiwa Exist with Sufix 4lb Nano Braid and 4 lb Ultragreen leader, might cause an uproar but it will humble the "NED RIG". Bingo! That's exactly what I like them for, makes a great weedless not-...
by smalljaw
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Plastics
Topic: Finesse Shaky Heads?
Replies: 15
Views: 1950

Re: Finesse Shaky Heads?

Drakestar wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:50 pm
smalljaw wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:44 am
I make a 1/16oz and a 1/8oz shaky head with both a size #1 and a 1/0 light wire flat eye hook. The screw lock I use is a small diameter so you can use pretty thin worms on it.
Do you sell them?
I sent you a PM.
by smalljaw
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: Plastics
Topic: Finesse Shaky Heads?
Replies: 15
Views: 1950

Re: Finesse Shaky Heads?

I make a 1/16oz and a 1/8oz shaky head with both a size #1 and a 1/0 light wire flat eye hook. The screw lock I use is a small diameter so you can use pretty thin worms on it.
by smalljaw
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Swimbait Fishing
Topic: Storm Arachi Glide discontinued?
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Re: Storm Arachi Glide discontinued?

That isn't surprising in the least. First of all you aren't going to lose many of them so anglers don't have to keep replacing them. Then you look at the bait itself, how many are sold north of the Mason Dixon Line?
by smalljaw
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Jigs/Spinner/Buzzbaits
Topic: Everything SpinnerbaiT!!
Replies: 4
Views: 931

Re: Everything SpinnerbaiT!!

It isn't as much the body of water as it is the conditions. Water clarity and sky conditions will dictate blade type more than baitfish or cover will. A lot of variables but a few general things to help that you can add to trial and error. Calm water, no wind during bright sunny skies is a condition...
by smalljaw
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: TT Reviews
Topic: Brian Schmidt Bait's Version of the RPO : The Hybrid Football Jig
Replies: 2
Views: 1226

Re: Brian Schmidt Bait's Version of the RPO : The Hybrid Football Jig

The first sentence you wrote on your impressions should be corrected. You said, "Football jigs are characterized by big beefy hooks", you should have started that sentence with "most" rather than a blanket statement. I guess making jigs for more than 20 years makes me a little OCD about them but it ...
by smalljaw
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Jigs/Spinner/Buzzbaits
Topic: Spinner/Chatter/Swimjig vs Squarebill
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Re: Spinner/Chatter/Swimjig vs Squarebill

All of those options are good search baits. I also don't think you can look at your tackle selection and wonder if there should be something else you can throw. The type of angler you are you need to keep your selection narrowed down and focus on different ways to fish each bait. To know which one t...
by smalljaw
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Jigs/Spinner/Buzzbaits
Topic: Hair jig help
Replies: 8
Views: 1699

Re: Hair jig help

I fish hair jigs like you fish a fly: no contact with the bottom. I use marabout mostly with a 1/8 oz head. I drift them over fish with almost no movement using the wind or the current. I use a 7 1/2 feet spinning rod (light) 10 pound braid with a long leader. I fish them in 3 to 6 feet of water (v...
by smalljaw
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Jigs/Spinner/Buzzbaits
Topic: Hair jig help
Replies: 8
Views: 1699

Re: Hair jig help

slow is the way to go most of the time. A lot depends on conditions and then trial and error. For example, when fishing a small bucktail jig the way I'm using it will be different depending on water temp and weather. If the water is in the low to mid 40s and the weather is stable, a slow drag and oc...
by smalljaw
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Jigs/Spinner/Buzzbaits
Topic: Hair jig help
Replies: 8
Views: 1699

Re: Hair jig help

It depends on what you mean by "hair jigs". I do a lot of hair jig fishing but 95% is cold water smallmouth in winter and early spring. I use jigs from 1/16oz up to 1/4oz mostly, there are some exceptions like warm water presentation but that is another discussion. If you are looking at something li...
by smalljaw
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: Ned Rod
Replies: 49
Views: 6882

Re: Ned Rod

892 glx, but i dont go lower than 3/16 You fishing a jig worm or shaky head, Ned rig doesn't go past 1/8oz. I have some 1/6oz ZMan Finesse TRD Ned heads, so it does go past 1/8oz, but not much further. If you noticed Z-Man calls them a "Shroomz" head, not a Ned head. In-Fisherman had a write up on ...
by smalljaw
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Hardbaits
Topic: Vision 110 Jr hook upgrade(?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1240

Re: Vision 110 Jr hook upgrade(?)

10# line is way too heavy. They were designed to be fished on spinning gear with 6# line, that is why so many have issues with the hooks. Drop down to 6# or 8# line with a ML rod and you'll be amazed at the performance. The only problem is you'll have to play the fish out a little bit but you'll lan...
by smalljaw
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: TT Reviews
Topic: No Joke About It, Berkley's Powerbait Jester is a Contender
Replies: 5
Views: 1445

Re: No Joke About It, Berkley's Powerbait Jester is a Contender

How long has Berkley sat on that design? Doomsday has been around for several years now.