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How To Keep Jig Trailers On

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This is always a good question to bring up. Whenever I ask it, I usually get some great responses. So let me ask you, how do you keep jig trailers on?

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I don't lol! It's a never ending battle.

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I am very precise about how the trailer is on the hook. I follow the curve of the hook while in the center of the trailer, and make sure to come back out the the trailer at the right spot so the trailer is all the way along the straight part of the hook until the hook curves and comes out of the trailer. It takes time to learn each trailer and how to hook them. I use specific trailers, but you can judge by eyeballing it and being very carefull while running the hook through.

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I think this hook helps a lot . It's an Owner 5304 if I remember correctly.

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a related question for the newwbees like me.... how do you properly put a trailer on jig?? i ave been using these trailers:

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but i dont really knw how to put them.... a picture would be great...

by the way, to answer the original question, my jigs have a trailer keeper which pins the trailer against the hook....

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Can you post a photo of your jig with the trailer keeper?

a related question for the newwbees like me.... how do you properly put a trailer on jig?? i ave been using these trailers:

10084936.jpg?is=500,500

but i dont really knw how to put them.... a picture would be great...

by the way, to answer the original question, my jigs have a trailer keeper which pins the trailer against the hook....

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Oh and a great topic Glenn!!

Jigs are one of my favs to fish but keeping the trailer positioned properly and not fouling the hook has always been a PITA!

I sometimes use super / fishin glue after the trailer is worn to the point of not staying in place. I recently bought some Mendit and plan to try and renew the trailer.

Looking forward to hearing about everyone's methods!

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The trailer in the above photo's is known as a frog, a soft plastic copy of the pork frog designed to be nose hooked and not threaded onto the jig hook shank. The pork frog will last all day, the soft plastic may last a few casts.

Soft plastic trailers with a round worm or grub type body can be threaded onto the jig hook shank and kept in place with gel type super glue or a barb molded onto the jig or on the hook shank.

Today you have Hitchhikers or Owner CPS springs that will hold soft plastic trailers very well and can be attached to the jig hook eye and the jig hook point into the soft plastic body.

Tom

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What I do is on like a long crawdad I will cut it to where it looks small enough and thread it on basically till the plastic is actually on the lead part.

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Hitch series trailer hitches, available now at TW, they are the cats meow for keeping anything attached to a jig! google em or whatever, but don't pass them up as hokey or not working they work and you can move them from jig to jig so a pack or 2 goes along way!

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I leave the dead ones in a pile at my bow- on going battle. If only berkely made the 4" chigger in the 100 count bags I would be a happy man. Other than that the NS keep a pretty good grab on it for me. I also like the rattle chamber on the SK denny brauers jig- keeps the craw pretty snug against the hook.

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Hitch series trailer hitches, available now at TW, they are the cats meow for keeping anything attached to a jig! google em or whatever, but don't pass them up as hokey or not working they work and you can move them from jig to jig so a pack or 2 goes along way!

X2 I love those things!!

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Can you post a photo of your jig with the trailer keeper?

not a picture, but a drawing, since im at work... the small wire is almost touching the hook, so i pull it back, islide the trailer all the way up, and the release the keeper, which basically pins the trailer in place....

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I have one like above but the others don't have a keeper. So far, the only time I have a problem with trailers is when they are worn out. Considering I don't catch that many bass on them it takes along time. Unless they are the june bug Smokin' Roosters.....hehe.

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Thanks for posting Dink!

not a picture, but a drawing, since im at work... the small wire is almost touching the hook, so i pull it back, islide the trailer all the way up, and the release the keeper, which basically pins the trailer in place....

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I've been using the Oldham's Screw-Lock jig for years. They have a built in trailer keeper that is very effective.

For jigs that don't have a built in keeper, I have used super glue gel to glue the trailer on the hook shank and also making sure to apply the glue to where the hook shank exits the trailer.

Earlier this year I ordered the Tour Edge Lures Chunk X Sling from Tackle Warehouise and have found it works extremely well on flipping jigs and swim jigs.

You can check it out oin the Tour Edge Lures website - http://www.touredgelures.com/ .

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BassTEK makes a jig sling.  They are relatively inexpensive and they work very well.  You can google BassTEK jig sling and check it out.

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I went to the site for the Tour Edge Lures Chunk X Sling (post just ahead of mine) and it is exactly the same as the BassTEK Jig Sling.  Highly recommend.

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Sometimes I use surgical tubing, but if I can't find a bite and I'm switching trailers around I don't use anything.

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Hum! Ya jig bought a new jig & now ya need to buy a trailer holder!

Sounds to me ya need an Oldham's jig ;)

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Thanks a bunch for mentioning the Oldham's jigs.  Nice prices.  Will be buying some jigs and hooks from them.  I bought some screw lock type hooks from DSG, but they weren't branded Oldham.  I like them a lot for keeping a worm where it belongs.  My daughter fishes Senkos almost exclusively, and it is hard to find hooks in larger sizes locally with the wire weedguards (which is what she likes to use).  The Oldham's not only have the wire weedguard, but a screw lock as well.  Terrific!

 

BTW, any tricks for threading worms and trailers correctly?  Besides practice, practice, practice.  :teeth:  I have a heck of a time keeping the hook running down the center of any worm or trailer.  The 2 weeks I visit Florida gives me plenty of practice threading worms, but I still suck at it.  :sad78:

 

Then when I get lucky (seldom) getting the worm threaded down the middle, I exit in the wrong spot to keep the worm's nose straight next to the eye.  So it's back out and try again.

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Loc-Tite Super Glue Gel. Everything else is just screwing around with second best.

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Honestley the trailer sliding down is the reason I stopped using rage tail trailers  :punishment: Hopefully some of the things in this thread will let me be able to use them again, they're great trailers!

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