As fall moves in, Smallmouth anglers across the USA are gearing up to catch big smallies on various jigs. So we wanted to show you How to Tie a Peanut Head Smallmouth Jig so you can take advantage of this great bait.
It’s well known that smallmouth typically prefer very specific kinds of baits. This is also true when it comes to jigs.
And when you tie your own jigs, it gives you even more versatility when it comes to creating that perfect jig that’s just what the smallies in your home lake will devour.
Why a Peanut Jig?
These jigs have a smaller profile than typical jigs used for largemouth bass. They also use colors that are a bit different. And because many smallmouths inhabit areas with few or no weeds, you don’t even need to worry about a weed guard or brush guard on them.
The cool part is that this jig is actually built on a head designed for Walleye. But because jigs are versatile, this one has been tweaked to appeal to smallies. A small wire bait keeper has also been added to hold soft plastic trailers in place, without having to glue them on.
The video below will show you exactly what you need and will walk you through the entire process, showing you How to Tie a Peanut Head Smallmouth Jig.
Remember that the colors used in this video can be changed up to create the jig you think will work best on the lakes in your area.
Bladed jigs catch huge numbers of fish, so we wanted to create this blog post to show you How to Make a Chatterbait Style Bladed Jig in a few very easy steps.
Some people like to pour their own lead jig heads and then paint them before assembling everything to get the finished product.
This gives them 100% flexibility when it comes to the style of the jig head, the color of the paint and the style of eyes they choose to use, if any.
Some people simply prefer to buy the finished parts and assemble the lure without the hassle of pouring, painting, etc. This makes it super easy because all you need to do is grab all of the parts you need and simply put together the combination of parts that will create the exact lure you need for the lakes and rives where you fish.
This way also requires much less effort, since there’s no need to pour lead or paint the heads prior to using them.
So What’s Next?
All it really takes at this point is to decide what size and color you want your bladed jig to be and then grab the necessary parts to make that happen.
In short, you will need a jig head, a blade, a split ring, a wire snap, and a skirt. That’s it. Once you know How to Make a Chatterbait Style Bladed Jig, those few parts are all you need. There are a couple other optional items that we will discuss a bit later, but they aren’t necessities.
Assembling Your Chatterbait Style Bladed Jig
Once you’ve gathered your parts, here’s what you’ll need to do to create the actual lure.
First, you will need to attach a split ring to the blade, using a pair of high quality split ring pliers. The next step will be to attach the split ring to the eye of the jig head. If the blade is bare, with no sticker on it, it doesn’t matter which side faces forward or backward.
But if you do have a sticker applied, you will need to make sure the a sticker is facing forward before attaching the blade to the jig head. If you choose to leave the sticker off until the blade is attached to the jig head, you can simply apply the sticker later. This makes it easier because you can attach the blade without having to worry about this part of it.
The next step is to attach the snap to the blade. You will need to open the snap and then slide the open end down into the top hole on the front of the blade. Slide it all the way in until it moves somewhat freely (see the video below for an explanation of this).
Next, you will need to push the open end into the bottom hole on the back of the blade, and then move it slightly in order to get it to push back out through the front of the blade. Now you can simply close the snap and double check to make sure it’s firmly closed.
What to Do Now That The Jig Is Assembled
At this point, you’ve assembled the actual jig itself. The only thing left is to slide the skirt on. Once the skirt has been added you have a completely finished lure.
Let’s Talk About Customizing Options
Earlier in the article, I mentioned a couple of different options that I would discuss later. So let’s talk about those.
First, with the blades there are a few different options. The finish of the blades can vary from bare stainless steel, to a few different types of plating. These blades are available with gold plate, silver plate, black nickel and a copper finish.
The various plating options allow you to create a bladed jig with a blade that’s tailored to the conditions you’ll be fishing, such as stained water, muddy water, clear water, etc. Or it can help to better imitate certain baitfish based on their color.
Another blade option is whether you want the blade to have “bubble holes” or not. Bubble blades are pre-drilled with extra holes that, in theory, leave a bubble trail in the water as the lure is retrieved.
Lastly, for blade options, prismatic stickers are available in a wide variety of colors that will allow you to further customize the finished jig to whatever conditions you’ll be fishing it under.
These stickers can be applied before attaching the blade to the jig head, or afterward. It’s all a personal preference.
Choosing A Trailer
Most people choose to add a trailer of some type, to give the lure more action and more bulk. Trailers are available in a huge variety of styles, colors, shapes and sizes. You can choose the style that is best suited to your body of water and your own fishing style.
The video below talks about trailers, and which ones work best under various conditions.
Go Catch Some Fish!
That’s all there is to it. You now have a completely finished chatterbait style bladed jig that’s ready to go and catch some big fish! We hope you’ve found this article teaching you How to Make a Chatterbait Style Bladed Jig informative and enjoyable 🙂
Spring 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.
Are 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.
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
Tying 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!