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grub lock that's easy to add to jigs
Like many of you, soft plastic lures that constantly slide down after a few fish, seemingly make the lure unusable after a fish or two have been caught. I discovered a solution over ten years ago that keeps a plastic grub or other plastic lure in place and to be reused without the damage caused by using super glue when removing baits. First off the materials needed:
1. pliers with narrow tip
2. wire cutters with narrow-point blades that can cut wire close to line tie post
3. jig with some space between line tie eye and lead
4. 28g plastic coated wire found in craft stores for flower arrangements or maybe found in hardware stores. Too thick or too thin doesn't as work well on jigs 1/16 oz or heavier. One spool of wire will last a lifetime for hundreds of jigs and coated wire won't corrode.
Method:
1. line up wire to line tie post so that the end reaches just beyond the hook point. Note arrow:

2. wrap wire once around post


3. Cut wire as close as possible - one side only - and use pliers to further press the clipped end tight to the post

4. Shape the remaining wire into an L at the point shown:



If the wire width is too long for the lure's width, cut the wire shorter such that it is close to the lure's thickness.
As you can see, the wire can be installed on jigs as light as 1/32 oz or any weight, though you can use a finer gauge wire for 1/32 or less ounce jigs.

Some may think the wire a distraction from the lure, but believe me it isn't and allows more time fishing than having to reposition the soft plastic back up the hook for every cast!
Note that I use no-collar jig heads because of less damage done to lures, but if the jig comes with one, I cut it off as close to the lead head as possible. There is no need for collar barbs with the wire lock added, though the wire will still work with them in place.
I also use the L wire for holding plastic trailers in place on skirted bass jigs.
(This post was edited by SenkoSam on Sep 5, 2017, 5:41 AM)
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Nice, I was wondering if they were store bought, now I know. Great info thanks for sharing it with us. The crappie we have been catching have loved your single tail plastics. I've been using the chartreuse colored ones on a pink jig head. It's hard to tell but the upper one in the attached pic is one of yours.


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I thought you only trolled lures. Didn't realize you caught fish with a lure I sent you.

Great!

Frank

(BTW I have five designs I came up with that catch over half dozen different species. Want to try some, give me the word.)
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Yes, I mainly troll and I catch crappie trolling but when the trolling season comes to an end, then I vertical jig. I also replied to you last year and told you I caught a wiper under a bobber, with one of your jigs.


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How often do you use tandem rigs? I did great on different days over 9 years ago but haven't since. What is your best depth range to fish tandem?

Here are a few more designs that have proven just as good catching most species and each has a different action:
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(This post was edited by SenkoSam on Mar 29, 2017, 7:10 PM)
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Not often at all, mainly during the late Fall when the crappie are stacked up, like they were in that pic. I tried using them when Ice fishing but I kept getting so many tangles, that I gave up on that idea. When we were fishing with that tandem rig last Fall, we were in 25 to 40 FOW, using the drop shot method on that rig. I was losing so many, that I tie up 3 or 4 the night before we went out, so I could quickly change one out without taking the time to tie one up. I used the ones I got from you pretty quick then started tying on plain hooks and using those Gulp Alive minnows about 1.5" long and they were working great too.


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I think I may try tandem rigs this year in spring and fall when they worked great last year I fished them. Pretty cool getting two species on different hooks.
9-15' was my best depth for tandems.
(This post was edited by SenkoSam on Sep 5, 2017, 5:42 AM)