BEST WALLEYE JIGSby: pickyfishy
FISKAS ‘Gets Heavy’ with New XL Walleye Series Jigs
Saline, MI (February 23, 2017) - You can’t fully appreciate the need to sink your lure like a stone until you’ve got a big red sonar fish staring you in the face at 32 feet and you’re sitting there over a hole in the ice with a tiny jig at the end of your line. Ditto for vertically jigging a deep swift river for walleyes. Or when you’ve found fish hovering in heavy cover.
In these situations and a bunch of others, an unexpectedly heavy tungsten jighead is a nice trick to have in your tackle box. It’s the same reason bass anglers use tungsten weights to “punch” through thick mats of vegetation. And it’s exactly why anglers like Tony Boshold have been leaning on FISKAS Wolfram (tungsten) jigs for everything that swims for well over a decade — ice and open water alike.
“Crazy that these jigs still fly under the radar for most anglers; they’re so good for deep structure and for walleyes with small strike zones. And their compact, heavy nature helps telegraph bites and bottom composition better than any other jig material. Goes both ways with acoustics, too — tungsten bangs hard bottom and attracts fish; seen it happen with an underwater camera.”
For situations calling for a shorter shank hook, FISKAS also offers the 6, 7 and 9mm GiganJig, an equally heavy lure with a short offset hook, as opposed to a long shank hook.
“After launching 7mm and 9mm FISKAS GiganJigs in 2014, we received a bunch of requests from customers across the walleye belt asking for a long-shank walleye tungsten jig,” says Jamie Olson, proprietor of Your Bobbers Down, Inc. and exclusive distributor of the elite tungsten jig brand, FISKAS.
For comparison to traditional larger, relatively lighter lead, a 6mm FISKAS XL Walleye Series tugsten jig weighs approximately 3/32-ounce, matched to a #8 long shank hook. Armed with a #6 sticky sharp hook, the 7mm size weighs about 1/6-ounce, while the 9mm (>3/8-ounce, 0.40oz) has a #4.
“Put a lead jig in your hand beside a similar size XL Walleye Series jig and one of them feels much heavier than the other,” Olson adds. “Which one would you rather fish? Most of the time, tungsten wins for walleyes—and for good reason.”
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Added: Tue Feb 28 2017
Last Modified: Tue Jul 11 2017