Winter Crappies in the Midwest

Author: Tom Sawvell 
 There are two kinds of crappies, and not meaning white and black. Forget the white variety as they're closer to trash fish than being a good fish. I'm talking black crappies being one of two

Common Mistakes When Making Laminate Soft Plastics

Author: Matt Luna

Multi colored baits are very popular.  Some have a large contrast in colors, and in others it’s very subtle.  Those of us that make our own soft plastics can create these multi-colored baits, but there is a learning curve to doing this.  In this blog article, I’m going to outline common mistakes that are going to help you tremendously.

Converting a Freestyle Jig to a Hair Jig

Author: Guy Doc Jensen
Date: 7/7/2021

When Do-it Corporation produced the finesse mold, it gave us a great addition to our arsenal of presentations to our targeted fish. This jig has an entirely different fall than other jigs. As have seen, a rebirth of the hair jig has become a staple for Walleye fishing. I want to share with you how to convert a Finesse jig to a jig that you can apply bucktail or marabou to add yet another presentation.

Match The Hatch

Author: Drake Leek
Date: 7/1/2021

How many times have you been out fishing with a buddy at your favorite lake, river, or pond and absolutely whipped their butt because of a specific bait? Something about it the fish just cannot resist. For that day, in those conditions, it is the hot bait. If there's one solitary thing among anglers, it's the desire to have that bait. When it comes to what makes that bait special there are many things to take into consideration. One characteristic that pops into any angler's mind right away is….. COLOR! Do-It Molds and CS Coatings have this scenario in mind when it comes to their diverse lineup of Powder Paints.

Turn Up the Volume on Your Buzzbait!

Author: Matt Luna
Date: 6/17/2021

I think every fisherman loves to see the fish explode through the water’s surface when fishing a topwater bait. One of my favorite topwater baits is a buzzbait.  Besides a topwater frog, a buzzbait is probably one of the most weedless topwater baits there is.  It’s great to fish over the top of grass, around wood cover, and in open water.  One of the key elements to taking your buzzbait to the next level is increasing the noise your buzzbait puts off.  

Fall Back For Spring Crappies Or Spring Ahead For Fall Crappies

Author: Tom Sawvell - aka Crappie Tom
Date: 5/23/2021

Every late-winter, very early spring, anglers set themselves to task getting tackle ready and putting new lines on their reels all in anticipation of catching those wonderful spring crappies. Many will wait until the spawn is approaching as the fish then are so easy to catch, but the reality of this, in many waters, is that the biggest and best crappies of the season are taken well in advance of the spawning period.

Kutter Worm a Versatile 6" Addition to Your Fishing Arsenal

Author: Brennan Chapman

Speed worm, Fast Worm, Burner Worm, Swimming Worm, Paddle Worm and now, the Kutter Worm.

Combining the best characteristics of some of the commonly found worms in its category, the 6” Kutter Worm mold in its new ES XL format, allows you to customize four worms and their tails individually, per single top injection. 

Do-It Slick Shiner, A New Swimbait That Catches Everything

Author: Marc Wisniewski

Ok, I will admit it… I’m a swimbait junkie.  Let’s get that out of the way.  I love swimbaits!
So, when I found out that that Do-It Soft baits was going to launch their new extra-large frame cast aluminum molds with a new 8 cavity swimbait, I was pretty jacked.  When I heard it was in that 3.5” catch anything swimbait wheelhouse, I was giddy!

The Slick Shiner can be paired up with a variety of jig heads for those finesse swimbait situations.

Crafting for the Cold

Author: Drake Leek

When the relentless winters of the north take away the ability to fish open water, any optimistic angler can quickly pick up the short stick and transition into ice fishing. After all, it's one of the great traditions of those who inhabit the freezing states. Do-It Molds has these anglers in mind with their productive lineup of ice fishing soft plastics. Their soft bait's uniqueness is their strength and they can almost guarantee that the fish haven’t seen anything like them.

Three Essentials for Killer Crappie Jigs

Author: Adam Felder

Nearly every lure on the market, in one way or another, consists of three essential parts or sections:  The head, the body, and the tail.  Maybe a stick worm is the exception, but everything from hollow body frogs, to finesse worms, to swimbaits, to football head jigs have those three basic elements.  Crappie jigs are no different, so as you approach your crappie jig build, you should be asking yourself:
  • What head size/color/design do I want to use?
  • What body material would best suit the design idea I have in mind?
  • What kind of tail would work best for the action I’m trying to achieve?

Give Them What They Want

Author: Tom Sawvell
Date: Aug 24, 2020

For decades the goal of most all fly tiers has been to match the hatch....create flies that look close enough to real that they fool those old hardened trout. Even bass fly anglers try hard to create and offer baits that simply look real, natural. I fish Lake Superior a lot during the summer months. The days of being out there in a boat are gone now but the breakwater in Two Harbors, Minnesota juts out into the lake about 1/4 mile if not a bit more and offers water anywhere from 35 to 80 feet deep, plenty for salmon and lake trout and herring. While all three of these species have a thing for lures that are gold with some bright orange on them and will willingly hit most anything tossed out there with that color combination, the herring presents a bit of a glitch. 

Making Your Own Blade Baits

Author: Steve Miller
Date: Apr 27, 2020

Make your own blade baits

Blade baits have been around a long time. I remember my dad giving me my first one when I was still riding my bike down to the river. I used that blade all summer, catching all kinds of fish before eventually losing it to a pike. I had repainted it several times that summer trying to match the shad and minnows swimming in the shallow creek mouths. Since then I’ve always had blade baits in my tackle box. 

The Hot Spot

Author: Tom Sawvell - aka Crappie Tom
Date: Apr 1, 2020

Crappie from authors hot spot

The Hot Spot. Every water has one, or some. Everybody has one, or some. They seem to appear as if magic, yet they are not magic: they're an evolution.

I have a Hot Spot on what I call a lake but which is actually a meandering 4 mile long reservoir that has a mix of waters all wrapped up in one. It has steep shorelines... 

Production Midwest Finesse Mold

Author: Max Baranczyk
Date: Mar 24, 2020

Production Midwest Finesse Jig Mold - Ned Rig

If I had to pick my favorite mold from Do-It Molds, it would be the Midwest Finesse jig mold. In my opinion this is one of the most versatile jigs ever made. I use it for so many different applications. I pour hundreds of jigs with this mold every year. Now with the release of the production mold, my job easier and much more efficient. When I have a specific size I want (3/32,1/8,1/4), I can make a bunch at a time easily. 

Most of the bodies of water I fish are very clear. Because of this, I tend to use lighter jigs. This gives the bait a slower fall rate and lets the fish see it from a long way out while it is going to the bottom.

Do-it Fishing Mold Mods

Author: Brennan Chapman
Date: Feb 25, 2020

Modify Do-it Mold

While your mold certainly has it’s own specific intended use, casting the jig, lure, sinker, or soft bait as advertised, for us that prefer the path less traveled, our Do-it molds have limitless application and range. 

Dragging the Bottom with the Boss Hog

Article by: Matt Luna
Posted: Dec 11, 2019

Boss Hog Bait

Once the water gets cold and that fall feed dies down, we have to change the way catch fish!  Many times in the fall we are able to catch fish on reaction baits, swimbaits, and other shad imitations.  Once the water cools down even more the shad bite slows down, and so do the fish.  This is when we need to change things up, and slow down as well.  One of my favorite ways to fish in this cold time of the year is with crawfish imitations like the Boss Hog.

Cold Water Combos

Article by: Brennan Chapman
Posted: Dec 3, 2019

Cold Water Walleye

If you’re reading this from the Midwest or even further north, you’re probably scratching your head thinking, “its ice fishing season, right?” Well, perhaps. For some of us brave souls, there are some open water fishing opportunities ahead and for many further south, plenty of great days of cold water fishing yet to be had. However, you are now fishing harder for fewer bites, and that is something that you have to settle with before you grab your keys and walk out that door. Your scaly friend’s metabolisms are slowing down quickly and if that hasn’t been reflected yet in your amount of daily hooksets, rest assured that it will. It is time to downsize your presentation, slow it down, and put your patience to the test. For us tackle crafters, we can now hone in on the details that now matter the most, by tweaking, altering, and creating specific baits, baits that you just can’t find in stores, which will have us back to setting hooks in no time. 

How to Build an Umbrella Rig

Article by: Matt Luna
Posted: Nov 13, 2019

Umbrella Rig

Years ago the umbrella rig took the fishing industry by storm after Paul Elias destroyed the competition using an umbrella rig.  The fish didn’t seem to know the difference between a real school of shad and the school effect the umbrella rig provided.  As time passed, the umbrella rig craze has slowed, but the umbrella rig is still an effective presentation, and has come to be a great tactic in the fall and winter to get those cold water fish to bite.

The Ripper

Article by: Steve Miller

Ripper soft bait make your own

When Do-it first introduced The Ripper I was excited, no excited would be an understatement. At first glance I could see It’s ribbed body, standout belly design and its very unique boot style tail would make the Ripper a game changer!

Pan Fish Go To - Mayday Mayflies and Bat Jigs

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


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

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

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


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


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. 

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