It is almost Panfish season here in Western Washington and so I have been restocking the old tackle boxes and have been noticing that I am dreadfully short on jig heads. Shopping for Perch and Crappie jigs in the stores is a pain because they never have any that I like, at a price I am happy with. Plus I am a bit of a hook snob and like using really good hooks, even on my Crappie and Perch jigs.
With some looking I found a reputable place online to pick up my jigs, but they come un-finished. That is fine for my Crappie tube hooks, but for the others, I wanted to get them painted. Again with some looking and reading of forums and comparing powder coating to vinyl dipping, I am going with dipping my new jigs in vinyl coating.
The process seems straight forward enough, and I can control the colors I use. Plus it changes the price of my lures to a few cents apiece from the $1 or so the stores want for a low quality hook that has already been painted. Here is a video from Do-It showing just how easy it is to vinyl coat the head of your jigs.
So don’t be a slave to the over priced stores, get busy, get some jigs and paint your jig heads up yourself and save some money. That way you can buy better beer the next time you go fishing!