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Night Eyes
11-28-2017, 10:46 AM,
RE: Night Eyes
I will take a picture tonight of the rigging if i remember. It is a light head for the size of the whole bait and actually works good for the majority of my fishing done at my local reservoir. The walleye tend to sit so close up in the rocks, the light weight head keeps me from getting hung up in the shallow rip-rap as often. The 1/8 premium heads i found i think have a BassPro label on them but i got them at a local shop. They have a flat eye and are nice sharp hooks. The 5" plastic bait itself is fairly heavy so pretty much just casting a big hunk of plastic. When i was on Erie, i was attempting to cast straight into 20MPH wind and the aerodynamics of that big bait were working against me. I had another pole rigged up with a smaller (3.8" i think) swimbait on the same size head and it casted much better into the wind. Felt like casting a rock compared to the bigger 5" version that felt like flinging a wet feather out. haha A heavier head would have done me good up there that night because there was a heck of a current pushing back at me as well and it was tough just keeping contact with the jig.

I actually dug through all my hooks before i left that night looking for any bigger heads. I do have some 1/4 and 3/8 weight heads, but none have the bigger/better hook. Just purchased a couple new styles of big swimbaits (big bubba brand maybe?) that are even bigger than the Kalins version. These new ones have a very wide shad shape body instead of the skinny profile. The new swimbaits did not rig up on any of the heads i had, so need a bigger head/hook combo for those. : Co-Founder
11-28-2017, 10:52 AM,
RE: Night Eyes
Now that is one fat pig of a wally. Looks like your cleaning board is shrinking.

Once again innovative thinking is rewarded. Slow & deep while everyone else is flailing cranks shallow or mid depth.

All my best wallys were caught on 1/10 oz Boolies, but next year IF I decide to tuff out freezing nights, I'll upsize to 3/16 oz for longer casting and better handling down to 30'
11-28-2017, 10:53 AM,
RE: Night Eyes
Bucho - I was letting it sink as best i could with the wind and current pushing the bait and line around. Depth of the end of the breakwall is only about 6 to 10 feet at most and i could tell when i did get to bottom because i could feel the bait getting hung up on rocks and had zebra muscles stuck on the hook quite a few times. : Co-Founder
11-29-2017, 09:05 PM,
RE: Night Eyes
Here is my favorite 5" Kalins Sizmic Shad (top swimbait) rigged on the heads i found.  They are listed as 1/8 oz and have a pretty good size Gamakatsu flat eye hook, not sure of the hook size.  They work really good for the Kalins swimbaits.  For comparison, the 3 bigger heads on the right are 1/4 oz with a 1/0 hook.

The wide flat body of the Kalins swimbaits make them ride up over the rip-rap pretty easily and the lighter weight heads help with that as well.

My next search is to see if i can find a few heads that will pair up better with the the tall body swimbaits on the bottom.  These are 5" baits as well, but the big flat head area makes the smaller 1/8th heads look kind of silly in them. : Co-Founder
11-30-2017, 12:34 AM,
RE: Night Eyes
thanks for showing us. i think the bottom plastic is the big hammer baits. rich mc
11-30-2017, 11:15 AM,
RE: Night Eyes
For swim baits, I modified a DoIt SWM bait to fit EWG 30d hooks with a hitchhiker

Works real well dragging them across the bottom of mid-Atlantic rivers. I rarely loose any to a snag

Looking at your ball head jigs (which I also use rigged exposed when swimming jigs) VMC just came out with a long shank hook that I'm starting to like & have luck with
11-30-2017, 01:19 PM,
RE: Night Eyes
You could up 1 size to 4/0, maybe to a wide gap style for the Hammers. Perhaps painting the ball head a bright glow color would mimic eyes proportionate with the wide shad body.

Bass Pro offers a standard 4/0 1/4 oz. with VMC hooks.

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