Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fun On The Water

Been pretty busy since last weekend and I'm just now getting around to posting this. :-P

Went fishing with Brian Waldman of Big Indiana Bass on last Friday, September 12.  Had a great time fishing as we caught numerous white bass, black crappie, and a few largemouth bass.  I was introduced to Spoonplugging, a method/philosophy/technique of fishing developed by a North Carolina Physics Teacher named Buck Perry.  It involves some trolling along the structural contours of a lake.  Actually, quite a bit of it.  I admit that I was very impressed with our catching.  Brian, most certainly, is extremely well-versed in this technique.  I had a blast.

Here's a photo of me and a white bass that I brought to hand.  Caught him on a Spoonplug.  Yeah!


Did some casting for crappie as well.  Here's one that I boated.



Used a variety of chartreuse-colored craft fur jigs to land this fish and many others.  Something I've been learning about craft fur jigs is that they do not have to be pretty, tied uniformly, tapered, thin, thick, or follow any preconceived notion about their appearance.  They only need to be wet in order to be effective on crappie. ;-)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brown Split-Tail Jigs For Brown Bass

Tied these with leather scraps, Sili Legs from FlyMasters, and chenille yarn from Hobby Lobby.


Heads weigh 1/8 of an ounce.  Hooks are light-wire bronze #2s.

Fun to make.  I am impressed with the chenille yarn which is 100% polyamide (nylon).  Its central thread doesn't fray or unwind.  Bought 131 yards of it for $4.19 + tax. :)  Do wish it wasn't discontinued. :(

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Darice Bungee Cord

An interesting product to use for hair-tailed jig bodies and trailers.



Jigs weigh 1/8 of an ounce and have #2 bronze Aberdeen or black nickel sickle hooks.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lionfish Jigs

Tied these with manes and tails in mind.  These are the kings of beasts, or at least my jigs... maybe.  Used Darice Bungee Cord for the bodies and finished the tails off with black craft fur.  The collars are wrapped with black schlappen feathers from Zucker Feather Products.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pup's Wiggler

Will it fish like Dance's Eel? ;-)

Materials:
  • Eagle Claw 249WA-3/0 Weedless Hook
  • Smooth #2 Colorado blade - silver (powder-painted Pup's baby bass green mixture)
  • Coats & Clark Trilobal Polyester Embroidery Thread 40-wt. - olive
  • Surebonder Low-Temp Glue Gun with clear glue stick
  • Caron Glimmer Chenille Yarn - willow
  • Homemade Tulip Fabric Paint Eyes - pink/black
  • Nesa Fall Blue Fur Fabric - barred white
  • Loctite Super Glue Gel Control
  • Bullet Weights Rubber Grip Sinker - 1/8 ounce
  • Rosey's Powder Paint - safety blue 90% gloss
  • Harbor Freight Powder Paint - yellow
  • Orbit Powder Paint - clear
  • Tandy Leather Factory Latigo Lace - use any color 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Shimmy Plug

Designed this lure to wiggle and shake its tail.  I think the design is somewhat along the lines of a Chatterbait, but without an articulated diving lip.  This bait's lip is fixed,  glued into place by a low-temp glue gun.

Had a problem keeping the adhesive over the eyes level and had a bit of a powder paint drip on the lure's lip.  Just a couple of things to work on the next time I make one of these.

Materials:
  • Eagle Claw 249WA-3/0 Weedless Hook
  • Smooth #2 Colorado blade - silver (powder-painted green chartreuse)
  • Coats & Clark Trilobal Polyester Embroidery Thread 40-wt. - electric green
  • Surebonder Low-Temp Glue Gun with clear glue stick
  • Caron Glimmer Chenille Yarn - apple
  • Homemade Tulip Fabric Paint Eyes - pink/black
  • Hareline Dubbin, Inc. Baitfish Emulator Flash - fluorescent chartreuse
  • E6000 Craft Adhesive
  • Bullet Weights Rubber Grip Sinker - 1/8 ounce
  • Pro-Tec Powder Paint - green chartreuse

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Trout & Panfish Jigs

An assortment of thread-neck and thread-bodied craft fur jigs tied for trout and panfish.


Used three 'new-to-me' powder paints from Rosey's Powder Coating.  Colors include:
  • Pearlescent White
  • Black Brown 80% Gloss
  • Purple Rave 90+% Gloss 
Each is tied on a 1/16-oz. ball head jig with a #4 black nickel sickle hook.