How to Make a Swim Jig

How to Make a Swim Jig

How to Make a Swim JigSpring time is a great time to learn how to make a swim jig. Then again, just about anytime is a good time to learn How to Make a Swim Jig!

Swim jigs are excellent fish catchers under a variety of conditions. They typically excel during times of the year when bass are shallow and active. So, spring, early summer and fall are usually the ideal times to use them.

But, today’s blog post is not about how to use a swim jig. It’s about how to make a swim jig! So let’s get to it!

The Trokar Weedless Pro Swim Jig is the swim jig that we will be talking specifically about today. It’s got a great head design and can be made with or without a fiber weed guard installed.

It also features recessed eye sockets that allow you to glue in whatever style eyes you want, to give your swim jig a completely custom look and feel for the lakes that you fish the most.

Dipping your new swim jigs in powder paint gives them a rock-hard finish that will stand up to just about anything you can subject them to. Rocks, weeds and timber won’t affect the paint, so you can fish your jigs confidently anywhere the bass live.

Once the paint has dried thoroughly, and you’ve glued the weed guards in place with epoxy, then it’s time to glue the eyes on. You can get some really nice 3D eyes here: 3D Lure Eyes.

Finally, once the eyes are in place, it’s time to give the jig that completely custom look with a skirt that’s tailored to the body of water where you’ll be using these nice new swim jigs to catch big bass.

Below is a great video that walks you through the entire process of making your own swim jigs, from start to finish.

If you’d rather not get involved in pouring lead, you can simply buy jig heads that are already poured and painted. All you’d need to do then is to create your own custom skirts. You can find some super nice pre-poured, pre-painted swim jigs by clicking here.

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If you’d like to learn how to wire tie a Jig skirt, click here.

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How to Make A Brush Jig

How to Make a Brush Jig

How to Make a Brush JigAre you looking to learn how to make a brush jig? You’ve come to the right place!

Jigs have been used to catch big bass for decades. They’re a proven fish catcher and are fun to use once you learn their subtle nuances.

Brush jigs aren’t made to fish only in and around brush, despite their name. They can be used just about anywhere a bass will hide, including rocks, weeds, docks and more.

As with most other bass jigs, brush jigs can be dressed with a variety of materials. The most popular of those materials is rubber or silicone.

Some people choose to pour their own brush jigs, using melted lead and a mold, such as the  Do-It Molds BSH-3-SA Brush Jig mold. The SA model has 3 cavities and lets you pour jigs in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 oz. sizes.

If you prefer heavier jigs, in the 5/8 oz. to 1 oz. sizes, you can use the BSH-3-SLA mold. This mold also has 3 cavities.

What You’ll Need

Before you get started, you’ll need to gather up some materials and parts to make your jigs with. You’ll need lead, fiber weed guards and hooks for the jig itself.

After the jigs are poured, you’ll need powder paint, rubber skirt material or silicone skirt material, and either skirt bands or wire to hold the skirts in place. We’ll include a list of these items and links to each of them at the bottom of the article 🙂

As always, be sure to do everything safely! Wear gloves to prevent burns to your hands. Or, at the very least, use latex or similar gloves to keep the lead residue off your hands. Some people also like to wear a mask to prevent breathing in anything toxic while pouring the lead. Again, some choose not to wear a mask, but to simply make sure they are in a well ventilated area, as mentioned in the video below.

The video below will walk you through the rest of the process, including some great tips for prepping the mold and keeping the operation flowing without any problems.

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If you’d like to learn how to Tie a Silicone Finesse Jig, click here.

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How to Make Soft Plastic Swimbaits

How to Make Soft Plastic Swimbaits

How to Make soft plastic swimbaitsIf you fish with swimbaits, you should learn how to make soft plastic swimbaits yourself.

As with making any kind of lure yourself, if you learn how to make your own soft plastic swimbaits, it will save you money and give you the opportunity to make baits that are exactly what you want. You will no longer be limited to what’s available from retailers.

Additionally, you will be able to custom create colors that you can’t buy. This comes in handy when you want to “match the hatch” on a specific lake and, and duplicate the look of a certain type of baitfish.  Many times this will trigger bites that you would not otherwise be able to get.

Many people begin pouring their own soft plastic lures as a hobby, but it quickly becomes an obsession! It can be addictive once you get started 🙂

For today, we’re going to focus on how to make soft plastic swimbaits, so let’s get back to that topic!

The video below is a great tutorial, showing just about everything you’ll need to know to make these baits successfully.

The video creator is using the 3.5 inch Ripper swimbait mold, which is part of the Do-It Essentials Mold  series. This is a great mold. It’s high quality, and it just plain works!

When you click that link above, scroll down to find the 3.5 inch Ripper swimbait (Model 014). It’s an awesome swimbait that flat out catches fish.

Unlike the mold used by the video creator, the mold we linked to above is a 3-cavity mold, which will speed things up considerably when it comes to pouring larger numbers of swimbaits in a short time.

Also, below the video we have listed all of the items you’ll need to pour your own soft plastics, including some of the basic equipment and safety equipment as well.

As with anything, be sure to wear the necessary safety gear, to prevent getting burned or breathing in large amounts of fumes when pouring soft plastic baits. Safety always comes first!

So, now that we’ve got all of that out of the way, give the video below a watch and be sure to take note for later. We promise that you will want to do this after watching!

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If you’d like to learn how to tie your own bucktail jigs, click here.

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How to Tie a Silicone Finesse Jig

How to Tie a Silicone Finesse Jig

Learning how to tie a silicone finesse jig can be a bit tricky if you’re new to this method of tying. It’s not necessarily difficult to do. But there are a few little tips and tricks that can make it much easier to do, especially for the neophyte.

Our video below will show you all of the steps involved. And by the time you’re finished watching, you’ll know how to tie a silicone finesse jig with no problems at all. You may not be a pro, necessarily, but you’ll be well on your way to doing it easily.

Tying your own jigs will give you the benefit of being able to create them exactly the way you want them to look. So you ‘re not limited to the selection available from a retail store.

Finesse jigs excel for bass when the conditions are tough, especially after a cold front or when the water is extremely cold. The smaller profile will be more likely to get bit when bulkier lures get ignored. Keep this in mind when you’re fishing under tough conditions.

We have listed everything you need at the end of this post, but just to give you a heads up, you’ll be needing a fly tying vice, a small bass jig, some silicone skirt tabs and some fly tying thread.

Smalljaw, the creator of the tutorial video, goes into some good detail with what he likes to use for skirt material, thread and glue. And since he’s been at this for quite a while, we can take his advice as being solid, not just theory.

Choose Your Colors Carefully

How to Tie a Silicone FInesse JigTying the jig in the video requires only two colors, so you won’t need a huge selection of silicone skirt tabs. But choose your colors carefully. The idea with a finesses jig is usually to create something very natural looking.

But don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. Sometimes a specific lake will call for an odd color combination that most people wouldn’t even think of using. And if you can find that color combination, you will catch fish that most people will miss out on.

Check out the video tutorial below and then get yourself busy tying some custom silicone finesse jigs. The next time the bite gets tough, you’ll be glad you did!

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If you’d like to learn how to make spinnerbaits for bass, click here.

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How to Pour Lead Head Jigs

How to Pour Lead Head JigsHow to Pour Lead Head Jigs

Want to learn how to pour lead head jigs? We’ve got a great tutorial for you!

Pouring your own lead head jigs is easy, fun and will save you a ton of money when compared to buying jigs at the store.

And when you pour your own lead head jigs, you can make them in the styles, sizes and color combinations that you prefer.

So where do we start?

First, you’ll need to decide what style lead head jig you want to make. There are dozens of choices, ranging from ball head to minnow head to pony head and everything in between.

The video in this blog post is using a mold for shad head jigs, which are typically used for bigger fish, such as striped bass. But the sky is the limit, so choose whatever works for you!

Once you’ve chosen your jig head style, you’ll need to pick up a good mold to pour them with. You’ll also need a good lead melting pot to heat the lead with.

And to finish it off, you’ll need a good jig hook that matches the mold you’re using.

Time to Pour The Jigs

Now that you’ve got everything you need with regard to components, it’s time to start pouring.

So, you’ll need to grab your mold, your hooks and some lead ingots and set about the business of making jig heads!

If you’re not familiar with pouring your own lead, the video below has some great tips. There are practical things that you’ll learn from the video. There are also some very good safety tips you should pay close attention to.

For example, be sure to use extreme caution when it comes to handling hot lead and a hot mold. Leather gloves are necessary in order to prevent burns to your hands. You’ll also want to protect your eyes when pouring hot lead.

After the jig heads have been poured, they only take a few seconds to harden. So go ahead and open your mold up and remove the new jig heads and remove them from the mold. Continue to pour until you have the desired number of jig heads.

Now It’s Time to Paint!

Painting your new jig heads with powder paint is extremely easy to do. You can choose to paint directly from the container that the powder paint comes in. Or you can use a fluid bed, which causes the powder paint to stay light and fluffy. This gives you a more even coat when dipping hot jigs in it.

Use a candle or a heat gun to heat your new lead head jigs before dipping them in the powder paint. Word of warning; DO NOT use a propane torch to heat your jig heads. Doing so will most likely result in your jig heads melting and being rendered useless.

After you’ve painted a bunch of heads, be sure to put them in an oven, or a toaster oven, to cure the paint and keep it hard. This will give the paint a rock-hard finish that will resist chipping when bouncing it off rocks, etc.

Put on The Final Touches

3D eyesNow that the jig head is poured and the paint is cured, it’s time to put the eyes on!

Good 3D eyes will add a realistic touch to your jig heads that can get finicky fish to bite, when they might not otherwise give your lure a second glance.

These types of eyes simply peel off a sheet and stick to your lure. Plain and simple.

To keep them in place, use some good top coat to seal everything and give the entire bait a tough finish that will take a beating from big fish and rocky cover.

This will also keep the eyes in place for the life of the jig head.

So there you have it. How to pour lead head jigs in a few simple steps!

We hope you have learned enough from this post about how to pour lead head jigs to get you comfortable with it.

Be sure to give the video below a watch. It’s well done and should get you well on your way to pouring your own lead head jigs in no time at all.

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