New Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish Jig

Bait Rigs TackleBait Rigs® Tackle Co. of Madison WI, introduces the exciting new Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish Jig, designed for superior hook sets using live bait or plastics.

The original Slow-Fall Jig, the Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish Jig

The original Slow-Fall Jig, the Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish Jig is the newest member of the popular Slo-Poke family. Weighing in at 3/64oz, it’s the perfect in-between size jig; featuring a larger wide-gap #4 Mustad hook that produces solid hook sets on Slab Crappies, hard mouthed jumbo Perch and other large Panfish. The Slo-Poke Wide-Gap also makes an excellent finesse jig, for smaller presentations to Walleye and Smallmouth Bass.

Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish 3/64 oz Jigs

Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish 3/64 oz Jigs

The Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish Jig can be rigged with larger offerings of live bait and plastics than traditional panfish jigs. It’s the perfect jig for the 1” to 2” PowerBait and Gulp series baits, that tend to over-power traditional small hook panfish jigs.

The Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish Jig has a weight centered body that falls slowly and horizontally, not head first, making it the perfect slow-fall swim jig that is skinny in the weeds and stays in the strike zone longer. This phenomenon also produces a more natural swimming action, making it easier for fish to inhale the bait.

The Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish Jig is available in 3/64oz in (9) colors, including Glow-in-the-dark 2-tones, that glow in “color” for periods up to 3 hours on a single charge.

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Odd’ball FinSpin Jig, an exciting new, high performance spinner jig.

Bait Rigs TackleOdd’ball FinSpin Jig, an exciting new, high performance spinner jig.

Bait Rigs® Tackle Co. of Madison WI. , proudly introduces the exciting new Odd’ball FinSpin, a high performance spinner jig, designed for live bait and plastics.

Odd’ball FinSpin Jig, New, high performance spinner jig

Odd’ball FinSpin Jig, New, high performance spinner jig

The Odd’ball FinSpin adds another strike triggering dimension to the popular Odd’ball jig. Not just another spinner jig, the Odd’ball FinSpin offers more features; including a unique flash and vibration pattern that results from the Odd’ball’s inherent teeter-totter action. The Odd’ball FinSpin eliminates blade fouling, a common problem associated with most spinner jigs. The Odd’ball FinSpin’s design and standup profile, allows for more clearance between the bait and the spinner, resulting in a freer running spinner blade.

The Odd’ball FinSpin can be fished with live bait or plastics and is the ideal trigger jig for either open water or ice fishing presentations. Odd’ball FinSpins’ can be rigged weedless or with an open hook and work great with dead rigged minnows. All Odd’ball FinSpins’feature a custom designed 1/0, wide-gap, Mustad performance hook and an oversized paint free eyelet, for easy termination and stinger hook attachment.

The Odd’ball FinSpin is available in 1/4oz & 3/8oz sizes and (5) colors including, Chartreuse (glow), Pink (glow), Orange (glow), White Pearl and Blood Red.  All jigs have UV, Ultra-Violet properties. Glow-in-the-dark jigs, glow in “color” and last for periods up to 3 hours on a charge.

Northern Wisconsin Jig’n Kit

Northern Wisconsin Jig’n Kit

Bait Rigs Tackle

Bait Rigs Tackle Co., LLC of Madison, Wisconsin,
Proudly introduces the Northern Wisconsin Jig’n KitThe kit was created by Professional Angler, Rob Manthei from Rhinelander, Wisconsin, specifically for the pristine lakes of Northern Wisconsin.


Northern Wisconsin Jig'n Kit

Northern Wisconsin Jig’n Kit

The Northern Wisconsin Jig’n Kit is ideal for either novice or experienced anglers, traveling to the lakes of Northern Wisconsin.  The kit features four specific styles of jigs, in a variety of sizes and colors that Rob Manthei uses to guide his clients throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.  According to Rob, “Jig’n for Walleye, Bass and Pike is the most simple, productive and fun way to consistently put fish in the boat, up North.  That’s why I created the Northern Wisconsin Jig’n Kit”.

The Northern Wisconsin Jig’n Kit consists of popular jig styles including, the original Slo-Poke Jig, Odd’ball Jig, Slo-Poke WeedMaster and the new Slo-Poke LS (Long Shank Jig).  These jig designs are perfect for the structures found in Northern Wisconsin Lakes, including weeds, timber and rock.  All jigs can be used with a wide variety of live bait and plastics (not included) like the popular Gulp and PowerBait products. Fishing tips and information on which jig to use and when, plus helpful rigging diagrams are included.  All contents and information are enclosed in a compact Plano Utility Box.


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Viper 2, Mag 5 Pikie Bucktail

Bait Rigs Tackle Viper 2, Mag 5 Pikie Bucktail

Bait Rigs Tackle Co., LLC of Madison WI. Proudly introduces the smallest member of its Bucktail family. The new Mag 5, Pikie Bucktail Double-Bladed Bucktail, is designed specifically for Northern Pike and shy-bite Muskies.

The Mag 5 Pikie Bucktail features two Magnum #5 blades and is theperfect Double Bladed Bucktail bait for Northern Pike and shy-bite Muskies. The Mag 5 Pikie Bucktail is the ideal presentation in the Spring season and for cold front conditions anytime, when Pike and Muskies often prefer smaller presentations.

Viper 2, Mag 5 Pikie Bucktail in Red White Color

Viper 2, Mag 5 Pikie Bucktail in Red White Color

The Mag 5 Pikie Bucktail also excels at producing fish in weed cover, featuring a single 3/0 strong treble hook, that runs clean, behind the double blades and bulging silicone skirt. Arm weary, big blade chucking anglers and kids will appreciate the lighter pull of the Mag 5 Pikie Bucktail, when compared to other traditional Mag 10, 9 and 8 sized double bladed Bucktails.

Mag 5 Pikie Bucktail’s features a unique Blade Tamer feature that stops fly away blades that cause wrapped blade and leader fouling problems, saving lost fishing time, common with double blade designs. This feature is particularly important under windy conditions.  The Blade Tamer’s extended kink shank, also provides an extra measure of bite protection for use with fluorocarbon leaders.

Up Down and Sideways –

Up Down and Sideways

Two Takes on Jigging Fall Muskies

By Rob Kimm and Pete Maina

From The Next Bite – ESOX Angler Magazine 2006 Fall Issue

Rob Kimm:

Anglers in general, and muskie anglers in particular, have an utterly unreasonable view of angling techniques. We see lures and the techniques used to present them as essentially progressive, a perpetual press of improvement over what was done before and how, and with what, to the point where if you aren’t careful, you can catch yourself looking back at the past wondering how they managed to catch a thing.
This belief in continual progress is, I suppose, an unspoken argument for the absurdities one sees from time to time: spinnerbait skirts made from space age carpet fibers, bucktails the size of wombats, super magnum plugs that weigh in at a pound and change, wiggly rubbertailed gee-gaws beyond number. It may even explain the khaki-clad sport I ran into on the water a few weeks back who asked if I might have a black Magic Marker in the boat so he could dull the finish on his blades just a bit. Shiny blades, apparently, are last year’s news.Muskie Released

Admitting this irrational view on lures is a roundabout means of apology for writing about something as mundane as jigs and jigging, when this inevitable innovation leaves so many other topics unexplored. The reality, though, is this: the fundamental building blocks of presentation haven’t changed, and wont. Speed, depth, color, and size, attraction, and triggering ability are still at the core of even the most innovative lures or methods of presenting them. The belief in progression is simply an example of endless variations on fairly basic themes, with varying degrees of success or failure. It’s a reason to slink through the tackle shops like grave robbers each spring, looking for the next new thing.

But jigging gets scant attention from the vast majority of muskie anglers. Perhaps it’s that assumption of progress that gets in the way. Because jigging is certainly nothing new when it comes to muskies.

Truth be told, jigging could rightly be called one of the first modern muskie techniques, tracing its roots back to the dawn of modern angling, when anglers like Tony Portincaso, a pair of young, energetic Chicago area anglers named Al and Ron Lindner, and a handful of others began fishing early version of today’s soft plastics on Deer, Bone, and a handful of other Polk County, Wisconsin lakes.

“Tony and a few other guys from the Rockford, Illinois area started using 5-inch Reaper for largemouth bass on those Polk County lakes,” says legendary angler and Lindner’s Angling Edge host Al Lindner. “Lo and behold, they started catching lots of muskies. That is truly where it began. At first they thought it was just a fall thing when the weeds were thin, but the system developed over time. We got bit off, so we added leaders, then graduated to bigger baitsthe 8-inch Reapers , fished on spinning gear with monofilament and fairly short wire leaders.” As the system evolved, jigs were not only lures but interpretive tools, used to probe weedlines and discover points, inside turns and rock piles that had previously been invisible. In experienced hands, a jig was—and is—as precise and informative about what lies beneath the water’s surface as the most sophisticated modern graph.Muskie Released

From Deer and Bone, Portincaso, the Lindners, and others, began to expand jigging into new territories. “It worked everywhere we tried it,”says Lindner. “There were guys on Pymatuning catching muskies on jigs like crazy; it worked in Minnesota too.” Publication of the technique in Fishing Facts magazine was a landmark in modern muskie fishing. “It really was a major breakthrough,” said Lindner. “This was still the ‘fish of 10,000 casts,’ and we were catching 3 to 5 a day. Guys wouldn’t believe it when we told them how many fish we were catching.

”Still, despite its long history, not to mention its effectiveness, jigging for muskies has seldom sustained more than isolated regional popularity. Though it has enjoyed a resurgence of late, due in large part to an excellent series of articles on the subject by In-Fisherman Editor-in-Chief Doug Stange, jigging is still overlooked by most muskie anglers. At best, it’s a cold front technique, and at worst it’s ignored altogether. “As far as a presentation system,” says Lindner, “it’s still under-utilized.”

Vertical jigging gets even less attention. Once again, outside isolated pockets scattered across the muskie’s range, vertical jigging for muskies is next to unheard of.

It’s a shame, really.

Jigging, you see, is—or can be—more than just a different presentation choice. Jigging can be a system for approaching angling situations where each aspect of presentation, each block, differs from more standard muskie tactics. There are few angling situations, especially in the cold water period of fall, to which jigging techniques can’t be applied effectively. There are some situations where nothing’s more efficient and effective.

What follows are two looks at jigging up fall muskies…