Since allot of the jigs I make are on smaller hooks, I clean the eyes before baking - allot easier. Have one of those hand eye cleaners that take of about 90% of the paint. They hit the eye with an old box cutter blade and scrap off the remaining 10%
JJ - I bought the harnesses already formed. Added a swivel and a big ( I think #3?) blade.
I fish a local stream we name "the little Jewel" because it's so productive and most wouldn't even thing there's fish in it.
I'm been smoking meat for the past 30 years. Usually use an old grill converted to a smoker until they rust out. About 8 years ago bought a box smoker from Wally World and it worked, but always wanted a Weber. The box smoker bit the dust early this year and my wife's been missing me smoking...
Last couple years I started chasing white perch too. Great fun on UL. I normally wake up at o'dark thirty and come home by twilight.
You're right, they are tasty. But I learned a lesson - came home with a bunch of them after a full day fishing and then had to fillet them. Worked into the...
Couple months ago was able to stock up on Matzuo's. Barlows must have had a hidden stash they found and was able to get all the sizes I fish with.
When I couldn't get Matzuo's, got some Eagle Claw Little Nasties. They work nicely too
Decided to change things up because the small mouth bass fishing has been terrible on my local waters.
Made some safety spinners and hand poured & painted jigs. Cheated and used Gulp to tip instead of a skirt. Pickles like them