Pan Fish Go To - Mayday Mayflies and Bat Jigs

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Article by: Brennan Chapman

Mayday Mayfly

There isn’t a freshwater fish that won’t eat an insect. The Mayday Mayfly flat out fools them.  More times than not, the Mayfly is the big fish bait of the day when targeting pan fish. While live bait may get you more bites, these catch quality and when you get a bite, you won’t need a bobber to tell you so.


Jigs - Custom Crafted for Specific Applications

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by: Max Baranczyk

My family has a cabin in northern Wisconsin, and this is where it all began. The lakes we fish are deep, clear, natural lakes with populations of smallmouth and largemouth bass. Initially we didn’t have any electronics and usually fished from a pontoon or a 14 foot johnboat. This meant that I had to learn quickly as to where the fish moved throughout the year instead of depending on electronics to find them. I spent a lot of time snorkeling and diving these lakes to find where the fish were. I also read every article that the Linder's and In-Fisherman had on seasonal movements of fish.

Tutorial on Tying Hair Jigs

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by Dr. Guy Jensen


Thanks to Al Linder and the staff at Angling Edge, the Hair Jig is making a resurgence. This Jig has shown its effectiveness for catching all species of game fish for many years. If you love making your own jigs like I have done for 37 years, you will enjoy making your own hair jigs. There are, however, some characteristics of deer hair that can be somewhat challenging. My experience goes back over 20 years of tying trout flies with elk and deer hair. The biggest problem with any kind of animal hair is that it tends to spin on the hook shank when you try to tie it in place. I will demonstrate the proper technique for positioning and securing the hair on the hook in the video.

The Two Most Important Factors for Your Spinnerbait Build

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by Matt Luna


If you’ve never built a spinnerbait before you may be feeling overwhelmed, or maybe you’ve built one and it’s not catching fish, and you’re not sure what to change. There are so many different components that go into a spinnerbait build that it can seem overwhelming or difficult to know where you went wrong. There’s hook choices, different diameter wire forms, and clevis’, to choosing the skirt color, blade types, and swivels. Hopefully, I can shed some light on this topic and focus your attention to the two factors I believe are the most important when it comes to building a spinnerbait.

6 Inch Finesse Crawler

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by Steve Miller

Do-it has a wide variety of worm molds and they all have a time and place for every fish. There are times when the fish want a real slow presentation. One of my favorite baits for this set up is the 6 inch finesse crawler in the essential series. This soft plastic mold has five cavities that allow you to make up a bunch quick.

Dual Injection Molding - the process of injecting two colors at once

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by Brennan Chapman

Dual, twin, laminate colors, whichever you prefer to call it, is the process of injecting two colors at once. This offers bait makers the ability to imitate natural forages that our game species target. It also allows us to make some pretty wild stuff. Depending on the clarity and forage in the body of water I am fishing that day, I could be shooting baits to imitate a shiner, bluegill, crawfish, or something bright that is sure to grab the attention of fish in water with poor visibility. 

Tube Jigs - The catch-all lure for all seasons

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By Marc Wisniewski

Thirty years ago, two brothers invented a soft plastic lure with a hollow body and a tail full of tentacles that looked like an over active squid.  Garry and Bobby Garland, no longer with us any more, tuned fishing upside down with this invention.  The plastic lure called the Gitzit didn’t look like anything that  swam in freshwater and not too much in salt water either.  Or did it?

Custom Blending Powder Paints

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by Kyle Steinfeldt

One of the great elements of making your own tackle is the ability to make something custom.  Whether it be your favorite crankbait blank airbrushed in a color pattern you’re not able to buy at your local Fleet Farm, a jig with some custom glitter and dipped in a UV Seal Coat or a can’t buy anywhere on the shelf soft plastic dipped in pearlescent powder there is something intriguing about using something no one else has and more importantly something that fish have not seen before. 

Heavy Jigs for Heavy Current

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by Steve Miller

Typically most anglers fishing in strong current will use some sort of a three-way setup. Most of the time the weight will be a bell or pencil sinker.  What I have been using a lot lately are heavy jigs for my dropper.  Why not add a hook and catch more fish, plus by building your own, it’s not a problem to lose a few. 

Do-It has a great variety of heavy jigs in all the popular styles.  A couple of my go-to jigs are the Style H jig and the large teardrop jig. 

Same Weight Different Bait

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by Jared Roper


Have you ever been crappie fishing and suddenly the crappie that was on fire yesterday, or as recent as earlier that day, is now barely eating your jig? You feel a thump and a bump, set the hook, and nothing is there. That doesn’t happen just once or even three times but a bunch of times that day. The thought comes to mind to go smaller and lighter, but there are two problems — its 10 MPH winds gusting 13-15 MPH, and you’re fishing 15-feet deep. The 1/8th oz. jig head is the perfect weight, but the big bait is not the ticket. 

Jigs

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by Jake Hendrickson

I would have to say that a jig of some sort is tied to the end of my line 95% of the time while out on the water. I learned how to jig fish at a young age from my dad, who showed me the finer details of how to fish a jig properly. He told me to visualize what your jig is doing when you are lifting, twitching or snapping it through the water. I went through many different styles over the years trying to find one that I found to perform the way I wanted. Through my searches I happened upon getting into making my own jigs, starting out with your standard collared round head jig, and now most days I have a tear drop style jig on my line.

Why go “Do-It” and is it worth it?

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by Theron Asbery

I’ve been honored to be a part of Do-It molds for 3 years now, but really my Christmas gift when I was 12 years old was when it all started. That year was when I got the materials and lead pouring supplies to start making my own crappie and white bass jigs. Fifteen years have passed an my mold collection has grown substantially and in my co-angler days on the FLW Tour, I was always the guy known for having the extra shaky heads and drop shot weights.

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