Buckyevans 2012-05-01 22:26:29
I’m looking for some stand ip type jig heads, the ones that are more
rounded like the rocker style that owner makes.
Steve 2012-05-01 22:26:33
I’ve been using the Fin-Tech Knuckleball and TitleSHot jigs with great
success for the past year and a half. They’re quality made and the hooks
are sharp. I’ve also found that the finish appears to be baked on as it
doesn’t chip off nearly as easily as other brands of jigs.
Steve @ OutdoorFrontiers
G & S Guide Service and Custom Rods
Steve 2012-05-01 22:26:36
It might help if I gave you the link to their site. Tell them Steve Huber
Richz 2012-05-01 22:26:39
I haven’t rigged a T-rig for casting use in 2 years. The title shot has
completely replaced the slip sinker and hook, except for flipping
Jerry barton 2012-05-01 22:26:41
But only 2 to a pack?
Steve 2012-05-01 22:26:43
I don’t lose them. Two to a pack is fine, they’ll last quite a while with
the head design. They come through rocks, weeds and wood quite nicely.
Steve @ OutdoorFrontiers
G & S Guide Service and Custom Rods
Warren wolk 2012-05-01 22:26:47
What weights/sizes do you use for particular applications Steve & Rich?
Richz 2012-05-01 22:26:51
The absolute best thing about them is that they make soft plastics —
especially heavily salted plastics that tend to shred to uselessness on
one fish — last much, much longer. A regular T-rigged Ozmo for
instance, is typically a one or two fish bait. On the Title Shot head,
it’s rare to get fewer than 4 or 5 fish on the dame bait, and I’ve gone
upwards of a dozen with a little creative re-rigging. But to go through
a whole weekend at Champlain with the same head tied on and only use 4
or 5 Ozmos all weekend is what I’ve come to expect with the Title Shot.
With a regular T-rig, it would’ve been a few hooks and sinkers, and 3 or
4 dozen Oz’s.
I would say I use the 3/16 and 1/4 oz sizes most, fishing weed edges
with 10 or 12 pound fluoro. Typically with a 5″ Ozmo. Less often with a
6″ paddle tail style worm. (Producto Vibrator) Those are about the only
two baits I fish in typical T-rig fashion any more. If I fished other
stuff, I wouldn’t hesitate to put it on the same head though. I know a
lot of guys though, who fish tubes on these heads as well. I’m not much
of a tube fisherman, so I couldn’t tell you how well it works.
I’m still not 100% married to it for flipping in the 1/2 oz and 3/4 oz
sizes though. I think the mass of the head is too close to the point of
the hook with the bigger heads. I’ve missed or dropped a few fish with
the heavy heads on the big stick, and that’s a few too many for my
taste. I use it, and I’ll likely be swayed to use it more in the future,
as lead sinkers will be outlawed in my favorite fishing waters soon, but
not lead jig heads. Dave Wolak says that opening the hook just a nudge
eliminates the problem that I’ve noted, so I’ll be sure to give that a
try once flippin season really comes into its own on Champlain. Oh,
wait. That’s next trip. Hot d***!
Ndy 2012-05-01 22:27:02
what flavors of the Vibrato do you like on Champlain, similar to your
Ozmo preferences (anything as long as its green pumpkin), or more in
line with drop shot colors (motor oil seemed to be your color of choice
a few weeks back)?
“I would answer that with a resounding yes. They like Green pumpkin when
the water is cold. When it’s hot, they prefer green pumpkin. And in
between, green pumpkin is particularly productive.”
Richz 2012-05-01 22:27:03
It’s an alternative to the OZ, so I don’t want it in the same color I’m
pitching them with that. My first choice in worm color is black grape,
although I do have a bag of motor oil in my bag, too. My color choices
are honed from 40-plus years of fishing soft plastics, and amount to this.
Creatures — Green Pumpkin followed by Black. Black neon (BK with red
flk is OK, so is blk with grn flk — as long as it’s mostly black) (same
applies to lizards, twin tails, etc.) Truth is, the 2nd choice sees
action maybe 3 or 4 times a year.
Worms (6″ or better) Black Grape, followed by Green pumpkin.
Worms (4″) Motor Oil, smoke, black grape, green-weenie.
Grubs (any) Smoke, Gourd Green (amber w/grn & blk flk), green pumpkin.
Soft Jerkbaits, If alewives or shad are primary forage, alewife or
albino shad color. Otherwise, Golden Shiner.
Pretty boring, huh?
Warren wolk 2012-05-01 22:27:17
Yea…boring until you yell GET THE NET!
Thanks for the specifics Rich, I’m gonna try those jigheads out.
Ndy 2012-05-01 22:27:31
h*** no, more like the DaVinci code of plastics deciphered.
btw, I’m Scott (old email dscotts) if you remember me. I’ve run into you
a few times up on Champlain and annoy you a bit over the years as I seek
your guidance whenever I can get it. again, thanks for posting your
reports – over at the Conn. place now. they are bountiful in information
and I would say have singlehandedly given my buddy and I better, and
better days on that lower lake as we digest all those little windows
into technique and strategy.
coincidentally, we were up there Fri/Sat the weekend you showed up on
Sun/Mon and didn’t do bad considering pretty high water and medium muddy
water throughout and the fact that we fished all day Fri. in the
drizzling rain and had to sit on the sidelines Sat. until midday as we
waited for the wind to finally dye down some and eliminate the serious
whitecaps. of course compared to your report, so-so; but, like I said,
we’re slowly gettin’ better each trip it seems and its our goal to mimic
you and your son’s numbers one day.
ultimately, as my buddy says, with our kinda smallish boat, just a
little bigger than yours, its all about the wind up there as it seems
those fish are pretty much eating, somewhere, most all the time under
almost any condition – what a prolific aquatic echo system that is
right now, the fish food chain everywhere, and those LM are so
tenacious, and of course, pike! conditions always changing, but, in the
end, the wind is the thing that you really have to plan around.
talk about high water and not even finding those reeds you were looking
for last time, if you noted, that lake had gone up 2 feet in the week
before we both went up mid-May, now it looks like it is up another 2
feet from then, that must be really getting up there. don’t think my
buddy and I have fished it that high in the last 3 years or so we have
been visiting. we’re going to try to get up there for at least a day or
so sometime in the next week and give it a shot. do you think water up
that high would change your approach?
Richz 2012-05-01 22:27:33
Well, I probably wouldn’t have to flip in the milfoil beds as much. I’ve
done really well with a spinnerbait, in the South Bay to Benson Landing
area when the water’s way, way up.