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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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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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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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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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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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.

Bass, Pick Your Poison: New Weedless Jig Offers Versatility and Great Hooking

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Here in my home state of Wisconsin, it was one of the hottest summers on record. These extended periods of heat effected some fisheries in a negative way and some in a positive way. One of the few fish that reacted favorably was the Bass. For the Bass fisherman, both largemouth and smallmouth, many would agree that it was a banner year. The warmer than normal lake temps statewide had both species about as active as I have ever seen them.

Customize your casting spoons or jigging spoons

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In today’s world, it’s all about having your own theme or customizing everything. You can customize your Xbox 360, your desktop, even your iPhone. Why not customize your plain, dilapidated casting or jigging spoons. Just look at them, spoons may be the most unappealing lure anglers fish with…for real, though they hardly look realistic. Just think of how many more fish you could catch by customizing them. Why not put scale pattern decals, 3-D eyes, or a feather dressed tail on them? No doubt about it, the customized spoon will catch more fish.

Does Do-it Molds create custom molds?

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We get questions similar to the following on occasion:

For many years I have been using a particular jig that is very popular here on local lakes but I am no longer able to find them. I’ve looked through your catalog and have not found anything similar. If I were to send you a jig could I have a mold made that will cast these jigs?

Does a bottom pour furnace work with larger Egg-Slip Sinker and No-roll Sinkers (6 and 8 oz)?

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While bottom pour furnaces excel when pouring smaller jigs and sinkers their flow rate is limited and insufficient to fill cavities larger than 1-1/2 or 2 ounces. The limited flow rate many times results in wrinkled or incomplete castings. Those larger cavities are better poured with a ladle from a dip out style melter. This allows for a more rapid pour rate that fills the cavity before the lead begins to cool.

Sheepshead

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Some fish never get the respect they deserve.

The stars of the angling show are bass and walleyes. We see them on television, on the covers of outdoor magazines and in our local newspapers. Sometimes, however, fishing isn't about old glamour gills. It's about spending a few hours on the water. It's about feeling a tug on your line. It's about sharing a day full of laughs. Maybe it's about bragging rights and the camaraderie among a group of anglers less concerned with the final results than the common experience. And for the sheer pleasure of fishing, it's hard to beat the homely, hard-fighting sheepshead.

When pouring jigs, I can only get one or two good jigs out of ten. What am I doing wrong?

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We get various question about trouble with getting the collar area to fill all the way, wrinkled surfaces, more flashing than expected, etc. These things are easy to correct.

There are many things that can contribute to these casting problems. The casting problem diagnositc guide addresses some of the more common problems and their solutions. Try some of the casting tips located there and if you are still having problems you may call and speak with a shop tech. toll free (866) 984-3408.

I am having a hard time removing the pull pin from my Egg Sinkers once casted. Is there some sort of trick?

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If the sinkers are allowed to cool removing the pin can be difficult if not impossible. The pull pin should be oiled slightly or smoked with candle soot before starting and occasionally during the pouring session. An oily rag works well. Insert the rod from the hinge end of the mold. After the lead is poured into the cavities, the pull pin should be removed immediately using a twisting motion. Failure to oil or smoke the pin before the first pour, or allowing the lead to cool in the mold will make withdrawal of the pin difficult.

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