.....more boat fishing for walleyes. This warm weather is putting more boats on the big river's walleye waters and things have been favorable to a decent bite. Jigs and minnows have always been a stand-by winter way to catch walleyes but plastics weigh in on this big time too. Some just drag a ring-worm or split tail minnow while others drift along and vertical jig trying to keep the boat and current moving at the same rate. Other will toss jigs rock rip-rap and do pretty darned well and that's where today's jig casting has been focused.
I got out the Midwest Finesse mold today and spun up a couple hundred hooks worth of the six cavities as sample jigs, then got out the Nastys and cooked up some for myself. Often called a Ned Head because of the bass rigging using this head, the Midwest head is picking up steam with the walleye boys it seems. The compact head works very well in and around the rock where these guys are pitching the heads dressed with a plastic and the fairly broad range of weights they find useful in staying out of snags...the heads will bump and tumble down over the rock and can be dislodged quickly with a little flick of the wrist and this is likely the time old marble eyes decides he has to make dinner of the rig.
The smallie bite has been something else too for these guys working the rock.
Some people are mistaking the tip-up head for the Midwest finesse so I cooked up some samples to drop off at some bait shops. The picture has a full compliment of the sizes all done in ProTec Junebug powder coat and I have a 1/4 ounce tip up head with a size 2 hook as a size and shape comparison. The jigs go from 1/16 on the left to 1/4 on the right. The Midwest mold will take either a 1 or 1/0 hook, both work in all cavities but they also will cast fine. Just to know I cast heads using hooks to 2/0 but some of the eyes/legs were balky and as small as a #2 hook. The #2 cast fine in all cavities. The mold needed to be warm for good castings and since I hand cast I found it best to fill a cavity then dump the ladle and re-fill for the next. Bottom pouring furnaces should have zero issues.
I never really gave much thought to having this mold but the walleye guys peaked my interest so I got one and can now see where this has a solid place in my walleye fishing.