Jeff Hahn

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  1. Chatterbait "hunting"

    I have found that the type of trailer has a major effect on "hunting." I prefer a split tail trailer, as it does not seem to interfere with the hunting action. But, a trailer with two appendages or a trailer with a big boot tail or big twister tail adds too much stability to the bait and will reduce or prevent it from hunting. Think about the trailer as acting like the tail of a kite. With a kite, you want to add as long a tail as necessary to stabilize it in flight. But, with a vibrating jig, you want to add as little of a tail/trailer as possible, so that the bait runs right on and over the edge of being stable, so that it can dart off to the side frequently.
  2. Difference in Chatterbait Blade Vibration

    I don't know about the Chatterbait Elite model, but the aftermarket rounded blades are thicker than the blades used on the original RAD Chatterbaits and the initial ZMan Chatterbaits. I wonder if the thickness of the blades is an issue in how it thumps? I thought about buying some stainless steel stock with the same thickness as the original blades and cutting my own blades, rather than buying the blades from tackle suppliers. But, I never got that done.
  3. Chatter bait jig selection

    I got one of these heads by accident. It was mixed in with a bag of LPO's Classic Grass jigs that I bought. I added a steel leader and made it into a swim jig to use in Canada, where lots of toothy critters live. Maybe I'll rethink that and add a split ring and give it a shot as a bladed jig.
  4. weedless tube jig issues

    Yep, this^^^. I had the same problem when pouring a jighead using plastic coated wire. Apparently, the melting plastic creates a gas that prevents the lead from completely filling the mold cavity.
  5. Chatter bait jig selection

    I took one bait and reversed the rear bent blade so that it was forward bending. I only got to make a few casts with it, but that modification gave it a very erratic action.
  6. Chatter bait jig selection

    Bending the blade forward...hmm... Gonna have to take some of my rear bent blades and reverse them to see the action. Good thinking outside of the box!
  7. Mold for heavy cover swim jig head

    I took a look at my Arkie mold and none of the cavities are large enough to accommodate the Gambler head. But, I did find the Backstroke Swim Jig Head at LPO and ordered a couple to try. they look pretty similar to the Gambler head.
  8. Mold for heavy cover swim jig head

    Oooo, I hadn't thought about doing that! I have an Arkie mold and that sounds like an interesting experiment! I'm gonna have to give that a try!
  9. Mold for heavy cover swim jig head

    Thanks for the info. I may just have to go with the bullet nose mold. But, I still like the Gambler head a little better!
  10. Mold for heavy cover swim jig head

    I've been catching a few nice fishing using a heavy cover swim jig. I've tried several brands on the market and the bullet nose jighead works great, and does the Hack Attack heavy cover swim jig is ok. But, so far, my favorite is the Gambler model swim jig. The head is tapered, being narrower on the top, but is rounded as it tapers toward the bottom of the head. The sides are also tapered, being narrower at the front and wider toward the rear. And, the eye of the 6/0 hook comes right out of the nose of the bait to help shed weeds. I know I can get a bullet nose Do-It mold. But, does anyone make mold for the Gambler style head? Here's a pic:
  11. preping lead heads before painting

    I bake at 350 for 15 minutes and haven't had a problem with chipping.
  12. Chatter bait jig selection

    I have made a few like that for myself. I use a twin wire weed guard in mine.
  13. Light Wire Swim Jigs

    I bought some swim bait bullet style heads, but found that the light fiber weed guard they came with did not work as well int he weeds as I had hoped. I pulled the weed guard out a few strands at a time and installed twin cable wire weed guards. For my waters, they work much better. This is the one I use:
  14. Chatter bait jig selection

    My preference is for a jighead that is wide. The best vibrating jigs that I ever fished were the original RAD Chatterbaits. Part of the reason they caught a lot of fish was that the blade would bang on the wide head every time it rotated from side to side. After a while the blade would dent the lead on the head and that's when the bait really excelled. The closest mold I have found to the original RAD bait is the Do-It Sparkie head mold. I use the one without the cut out for a weedguard in the mold.
  15. Straight Shank flipping hooks in the weeds

    I tried pushing the keeper farther into the plastic. But, with the small bait I am fishing, if I do that, the hookeye is exposed. Since I am tying a snell knot, with the exposed hookeye, the bait hangs crooked. I also tried pushing the hook further down into the plastic bait. This keeps the hookeye from being exposed. But, given the design of the bait, it leaves the top of the keeper slightly exposed and it collects weeds. I am considering two options. One, cut the keeper off the hook and fish without one. Or, cut the keeper off and tie one of those A-Mart style fiber keepers on the inside of the hook shank.