An idea you might want to try to extend the life of soft plastics

SPOONMINNOW

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Like all of you, I got tired of tearing up my solft plastic lures whether on jigs or when using skirted jig trailers and came up with this idea 10 years ago. It's basically a wire clip that holds plastics in place and allows them to be used over and over even after catching 20 fish. I call it a grub grip.

First off, for you ball head jig users, no-collar is always better. The collar may hold the lure but splits the soft plastic at the same time. Soon the grub slides down the hook regardless of fish caught. (Click the images to enlarge)

example of a no-collar jig:
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Next you need coated wire to wrap around the post (bare wire rusts):
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I use 24g for most jig sizes above 1/24 oz. and a smaller diameter wire for 1/32 oz. jigs.

method :
1. cut the wire length as shown using a small wire cutter or nail clipper
2. hold the wire against the line tie post
3. wrap the wire tightly around the post once
4. clip the wire close that was held to wrap it
5. further compress the wrap with pliers so no loose end is seen
6. make an L shape
7. rig the lure and swing the wire into the body
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The wire doesn't deter the strike plus the lure is reusable far better than using a collared jig. I use the same wire to hold soft plastic trailers on skirted jigs and nose-hooked lures rigged on circle hooks.
Something to consider...I won't use lures without the clip
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Hawnjigs

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Good idea, nice of you to share. Where do you source your wire and what is it called?

I'd bet a clip onto the eye stainless steel version could make some $
 

SPOONMINNOW

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Walmart carries it: 270' for $1.77 It's used for floral arrangements, wreaths, etc.
Well worth it to avoid soft plastic lure waste and frustration.

I forgot to mention that though you may own jigs with collars, they can be removed to go collarless.
1. With pliers flatten the lead collar
2. with small wire cutters cut the collar just behind the ball head, avoid cutting the hook, and turn it on the hook to free it
3. use the cutter to cut as much lead off one side as possible. You should see a bit of hook
4. grab the other flat side of the lead and wrench it free of the hook. If it's not possible yet, cut some more off.
The jig is now collarless.
 
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I forgot to mention that though you may own jigs with collars, they can be removed to go collarless.
I do this all the time for the local fly fisherman.

Take a 1/32nd oz collared ball head and turn it into a 1/64th oz

Guys around here love them
 

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Good idea spoon. I use the thread on the. Olaf idea which works ok but not always as good as I think it should. I’ll have to give this a shot. Thanks.

and just a reference to what hookup posted:
I’ve long been a fan of small heads for UL fishing. My suggestion is to check the actual weight of the heads you adjust. My do it mold for a 1/32 ball head with a #8 sickle hook weighs in at 1/43. This works perfect for my gear and can be shot a long way under branches and docks. My collared 1/32 with the collar removed weighs in different and a 1/64 mold I have has a collar and comes in heavier and doesn’t perform as well as the 1/43 does. Just some food for thought. By dumb luck I found a sweet spot that works great for me. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, hope y’all enjoy your day.
 

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For you lightweight ballers the Do-it STL-8S-A might be the only mold you need.

Altho designed for 2x hooks these molds will fit all kinds of hooks. I have the heavier heads bigger hooks mold and the 1/16 and 1/8 sizes I use pour exactly those weights lead free so they will pour heavier with lead. I like the 1/8 poured with tin 1/11 oz for shallow snaggy environments.
 

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I've found time and again that the jig weight you paid for is not what you got especially when hook size is larger or smaller. If the head of the jig seems smaller or larger, I keep those apart from those that are the right size though most times lure weight and size are the most important thing.
 

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So, do you still thread the hook into the grub body with the straight pc of wire?
 

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Right, the Do'it STL heads are visibly larger than the standard Do-it ball heads, in the sizes I use anyway. Sometimes the heavier versions are advantageous, sometime the lighter are best choice.
 
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