No doubt tungsten’s all the rage on ice and now Clam is bringing it to open-water jigging…’bout time! #HeavyMetal
Called the Drop TG Jig and has a 2x Mustad Ultra Point long-shank hook with welded keeper. Some colors I’ll for sure be picking up:
Of course there’s the whole non-toxic, environmentally-safe side o’ things…but here’s a few fishier reasons why it’s a big deal — pay attention fish-heads:
Heavier and denser
> 30% smaller than the same weight lead jig = better jig control and sensitivity, punches through weeds, plummets fast to deep-water schools and the smaller profile is killer for pressured or finicky fish.
> 1.7x more dense than lead — denser tungsten shows up better on graphs and sonar. #AskGenz
> Less resistance in heavy current or deep water to keep your jig more vertical…keeps curls and kinks out of the line.
> Lead absorbs impact — harder tungsten does not = more “feel” of your jig as you work it through cover. The energy of impact with a rock, sand, mud, wood structure, log or a bite does a better job of transferring through to the line. #thump
Also heard that lead absorbs sound while harder tungsten is noisier…especially when “tinking” off rocks. Something to think about….
Had couple hours to kill, so Nick Lindner and I had ourselves a little fish-off at Wekusko Falls Lodge, Manitoba. We each got to choose 3 baits the other guy HAD to use…spinnerbaits and Beetle Spins and pickerel rigs, oh my:
Could actually see it becoming a thing when wallies are chasing bait…works in open-water! Luckily for me his secret weapon got bit off by a pike soon after.
I didn’t get the chance to put that last fish on the bump-board, but pretty certain she was a “Master Angler” sauger (over 18″). Was shocked to see they grow ’em that big up there — think the next biggest I’ve ever caught is probably about half that size lol.
Here’s a shot of the 29.25-incher my buddy Zach Jackson stuck — using a 1/8-oz Northland Buck-Shot Spoon — while Nick and I were busy playing around with goof-ball ice baits:
> “Any time I need to put a bait at an exact level and keep it in the fish’s face, a dropshot is priceless. Not only can I cast a dropshot and simply twitch it in place, I can also drag the rig, swim it, troll it or even work it vertically beneath the boat or a hole in the ice.”
> …while shapes like twister-tail grubs excel on a jig, a dropshot activates straight-tail worms, minnows and other subtle shapes. Moreover, many classic softbait shapes traditionally threaded onto 1/8 to 1/64-oz jigheads spring to new life when pinned to a plain hook above a sinker.
> “I use a 4- to 8-lb test braided mainline, joining it to an 18-36″ section of mono or fluorocarbon, using back-to-back Uni knots or an Improved Albright knot.”
> The most critical aspect of the dropshot is tying the Palomar knot so the hook point faces up.
> …an exception to the standard dropshot rig becomes necessary with light-biting fish. “Big bluegills often mouth a softbait like humans taste red-hot food. So it’s sometimes best to rig with a short dropper, or pair of droppers jutting from the mainline, as opposed to pinning the bait to the line with a Palomar.”
Quote of the Day
I have never enjoyed eating a fish as much as I have enjoyed catching.
Eric Labaupa getting his Lake Trout on, Manitoba style. Instead of bringing shacks, these guys built igloo wind-blocks in a matter of minutes. #PackingLight
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