YEAR END TIP #3

Ok,hopefully you have completed Tip #1 & 2 and now ready to move on to next task
Tip #3 deals with arificial baits.
Swimming plugs,,,, first develop a 50/50 mix of saltway and water and drop your swimming lures into the mix and let sit for few minutes, I like to brush them when I remove with a tooth brush and than rinse off with fresh water. Look closely at hooks ,if relatively clean with no pitting rust ,take a wire brush and clean the hooks, than take each hook and sharpen the hooks, rinse again in fresh water let dry. IF hooks are too rusty replace them. You can buy replacements in most Tackle Shops or on line
Jigs , follow same steps as a swimming lure and after you have hooks in good shape looked at the hair. I will replace any hair on a jig that got a lot of use. It is a simple process but how hair is applied can make a difference. Pick up a couple of deer tails from a hunter or buy them. Deer hair is critical as it is hollow and when applied right it breathes when you work the lure through the water . Take old hair off and replace by laying the hair on jig in layers. Do not just grap a bunch of hair and start tying , tie a little at a time and go around the entire shank evenly. If you do that ,you will have a nice working jig. Take a Sealant Coating and coat the threads.I have found a product called SealCoat to work best and only needs one coat.
If paint is chipped up you can use a hard paint and re-paint but painting the jig doesn’t make a whole lot of difference as I use them all summer with all the paint worn off. Key to the jig is the hair and how it gets applied
Now if you don’t want to go to all that trouble you might be able to buy brand new ones from me
If you take care of youyr baits now you will be ready in Spring when fish start biting