Most soft plastic lures tear regardless the keeper design attached to the jig head. This idea allows the lure
to be used over and over and not allow it to slip down after a dozen casts. This method was posted 5 yrs. ago
on custombaits but the photo bucket photos disappeared.
First you would need to get a roll of coated wire in 24g
. Too thick or thin and the wire doesn't do as well,
though thinner wire for very small lures and jigs with #8 wire or smaller does okay.
Wire cutters and pliers are the tools that get the job done:
(the fluorescent orange tape makes it easier to find the tools I routinely misplace
1. cut a short piece of wire so that the end is close to the hook's curve and the same length
on the other side of the line tie post.
2. wrap one side once around tight.
3. clip one end close to the post and compress it more with the pliers.
4. bend the remaining wire into an L shape. This will swing into the lure, locking it from slipping down on the hook
and does the least damage to the lure.
The wire never bothers the fish or affects lure action so I use the wire to secure other soft plastics:
For jig trailers such as the imitation frog from Uncle Josh, I wrap the wire once around after or before the lure is nose-hooked:
Bend the wire and insert:
Just make sure the loop is loose but not too loose that it could go beyond the hook barb. This allows a good trailer action
while keeping the trailer in good shape for repeated uses. For trailers right up against the jig head, I put the wire under the skirt holder (for me a wire zip tie) and use the same wire bend.