Jeff Hahn

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  1. Jeff Hahn

    Need help finding this lure making part

    I have taken a couple of the larger Figure 8 Links and cut them, bent the wire into a smaller loop, and made baits out of them. In theory, they should act like the small Figure 8 Link, but they don't. I suspect that it's due to the larger ones being made of thicker wire.
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    Need help finding this lure making part

    Yes, I have some of those, also. They are larger than I want.
  3. Jeff Hahn

    Need help finding this lure making part

    I never heard of that outfit. They do have a lot.
  4. Jeff Hahn

    Need help finding this lure making part

    I have some of those from Barlow's. They are smaller than the Jann's Size 3, but much larger than the Jann's Size 1.
  5. On the left is the Figure 8 link from Jann's that I use to make bladed jigs. It's a Size 3. On the right is a Size 1 Figure 8 link from Jann's. I prefer the Size 1, but the one that Jann's sells is made of a soft metal, almost like what you'd find in a jewelry making kit. After one or two fish, the link gets bent and the bait won't run well. Plus, continuously readjusting results in the link getting loose in the jighead. I really want to find more of the Size 1 Figure 8 links but in a harder metal. Any ideas...particularly of a product like this that is used in some other kind of manufacturing and not advertised as a lure making part?
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    Straight Shakee blades vs. Bent

    I don't use a split ring and I always bend my blades. Not all of my vibrating jigs "hunt" like you mentioned. But, when I make one that does, it set it aside for use when the $$$ is on the line. I have found that it may take some use to get a bait to hunt. The longer it is used, the deeper the grooves that the blade makes in the head, the more the bait "hunts." That's why I never powder paint my heads. Powder paint is too tough and won't allow the blade to dent and groove the lead head very well.
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    All purpose/grass jig

    I bought a Do-It's Bullet jighead mold (1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 ounce heads) and use the 30 degree 4/0 Mustad heavy wire jig hook with it. I'm very pleased with t he results and how easily it comes through weeds. I've tried other head designs, but the Bullet is the most weedless. DO-IT BBJ-3-AY WEEDLESS BULLET JIG MOLD
  8. Jeff Hahn

    Thread finish of choice

    Yep, clear Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.
  9. Jeff Hahn

    Silicone Mold Issue

    I had a few silicone molds made by InShore tackle Company several years ago. They recommend using talc as a release agent. They also vented every mold they made for me.
  10. Jeff Hahn

    Painting Chatter Bait Blades

    I also use fingernail polish. It might chip now and then, but it's easily touched up.
  11. Jeff Hahn

    Chatterbait jig heads

    The Sparkie head is wider. That allows the edges of the blade to bang on the jighead during the retrieve. Some folks use a football head, which is even wider. But, I have never tried that style. The Sparkie is about as close as you can get to the same head shape as on the original RAD Chatterbait. I have made a few using the Arkie head. They vibrate just fine, but the blade doesn't hit the head.
  12. Jeff Hahn

    Stupid and Easy

    That's a heck of an idea. Gonna have to try that!
  13. Jeff Hahn

    Chatterbait jig heads

    I think that the Sparkie head is far superior to the Arkie head for bladed jigs.
  14. Jeff Hahn

    Chatterbait blade thickness

    The original RAD Chatterbait had a much thinner blade than the blades that you can buy through Barlows, Jann's, or LPO. Those blades are even a tad thinner (and solid metal rather than plated) than the blades on the original Z-Man baits. I thought about buying a sheet of thin steel and cutting my own blades. But, it looked like more trouble than it was worth. I did make a few blades from tin can lids. They worked OK. I have also wondered if a thinner blade would make a different noise when banging the jighead, compared to a thicker blade.
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    Large 30 degree Swim Jig hook

    I don't know of any larger than 5/0. But, I would think that 5/0 would be plenty large enough for pike.