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MrTom wrote:Thanks guys. I'm 67 years old and have been casting jigs since I was 14. I started with a mold made of oak that made 1/8 ounce or so heads. I still have that mold buried somewhere in all my old stuff and the last head I cast in it is almost 3/8 ounce given the burn out.
I'll be honest here....I have an affiliation with the company that makes this mold and the others I have or may show. I don't sell many jigs any more, or the plastic baits I make for that matter. I just enjoy the challenge offered in crafting my own tackle. I've always loved to work with color in one fashion or another and the mediums I use to make my tackle simply afford a limitless amount of color. The baits I make using the company's various molds, mostly new styles such as these jigs shown, and other components get pictures taken and posted on their web-site's interactive forums much like this site. Every once in a while I come up with a picture that's worthy of sharing here.
The jigs shown here are headed to my crappie box for next spring's festivities.
MrTom wrote:I guess a lot for me would depend on the size of the crappies and the size of the bait or plastic. Personally I don't use any live bait, only plastics.
The average crappie around home here is between 10 1/2" to 13" and really depends on which body of water I am fishing. I fish the Mississippi River and the backwaters extensively and find crappies to 17" occasionally but 13 to 15 are more common on the big river. Local lakes I like a 1/32 head and a plastic to about 1 1/2" in length. The river fish I will use heads up to about 1/8 and plastics to 3".
Color-wise, a purple head and a purple body with a chartreuse tail. Ironically I don't fish a solid chartreuse plastic or a black one and darned few times will I use a plastic bait having any white in it. I don't use black heads and seldom fish a head with white on it.
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