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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.

There is no need for a jig barb with the wire lock added, though the L wire will still work with them in place.
(This post was edited by SenkoSam on Nov 4, 2018, 1:38 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:

(This post was edited by SenkoSam on Nov 4, 2018, 1:27 AM)
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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)
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Wow, This is very impressive blog post. so many peoples like it and me. many many thanks for sharing this blog post with us. This is very informative and interesting like blog and article.

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1. Use no-collar jigs if possible. If a jig has a collar, I use pliers to flatten it and then use wire cutters to remove it without damaging the hook. Collars do more damage to soft plastics than fish and using super glue to keep the grub in place is worse yet.

2. I get 24g coated wire from an arts & crafts store or dept. store that has floral arrangement material:


3. Cut a section of wire, wrap it once around the base of the line tie. Tip: make sure the wire is long enough so the end almost reaches the curve of the hook. You don't want it too short or the L bend won't be wide enough for the grub body to insert.


4. cut one part off close to the line tie shaft and use needle nose pliers to press it close to the line tie shaft:


5. bend the remaining wire into a L shape:


6. rig grub and swing the gripper into place:


None of my jigheads, except those I use for wacky rigs, are without the gripper:


(This post was edited by SenkoSam on Aug 13, 2018, 8:08 AM)
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Great idea and thanks for sharing the step by step method with pics you use to create the grub lock. One question, you said the jigs that have collars damage the grubs more than the fish, do you find that not to be the case with the grub locks?


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Barbed grub holders alway do more damage by increasing hole size and plastic splitting - more so after a few fish and using smaller diameter grubs. I order barbless on ebay and have good results
which allows using lures far more times. Man did I hate when they slipped down and I had to push them up. Glue is worse and doesn't allow reuse.
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Good to know, I recently started using these:
http://www.berkley-fishing.com/...im-shad/1312231.html
With good success but I find that the fish, I think they are smaller fish, nibble the paddle tails off, in a lot of cases and destroy the action of the bait, have you ever had this issue?


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I never had tails bit off regardless the soft plastic lure used or species, but in any case prefer straight tails most of the time.

For over 35 years I only used Mr Twister curl tails or Sassy Shad boot-foot grubs, but when I started getting into experimenting with different tail designs, found that straight tail designs outperformed in most situations and seasons - even under the ice. (See recent post.)

Retrieves at the steady pace those two tail design require are great for active fish, but I found that when I assume fish are just hanging out regardless the depth, I do so much better!

The Beetle Spin idea I posted recently believe it or not gives a straight tail grub a nice action from the spinning blade.
(This post was edited by SenkoSam on Nov 2, 2018, 9:29 AM)
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I read an In-Fisherman article recently about the paddle tail design plastic, so I gave it a try. I did not have any luck with it for the species I was trying to catch, walleye but I wondered if it would work for smaller fish like crappie. To my surprise, I had great success with them but as I said, I also had the issue with the fish biting the tail off, as I said but my thought was that the tail creates such a vibrations that it drives those little fish nuts. The bigger fish seem to just take the whole lure. See pic, sorry I got that finger in the wayBlush.


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