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I have bought everything I need to make my own jigs (Football heads).   Right now they are unpainted...  my question is have you ever used unpainted jig heads ?   Considering your past experience, do you honestly think/know if a bass cares or know the difference between gray, black or green head jig ?

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They don’t care at all.  It’s the person who cares.

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It's just as JigMan says the person using it is the one who cares. I do powder paint mine because lead can lose it's sheen and collect some powder(A type of corrosion?) in the tackle bag. I have on more than one occasion wish I had a certain color but,not too often.Like when someone is catching fish and I'm not!Jimmyjigs

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Fishermen probably care more than the fish but my fishing lure OCD will not let me use them unpainted.

 

Allen 

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1 hour ago, Munkin said:

Fishermen probably care more than the fish but my fishing lure OCD will not let me use them unpainted.

 

Allen 

X2, I 100% believe it doesn't matter, and I 100% believe I can't fish them without painting them first 🤷‍♂️

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5 hours ago, Munkin said:

Fishermen probably care more than the fish but my fishing lure OCD will not let me use them unpainted.

 

Allen 

Yup. From this craftsman's point of view, a jig that I've tied must be painted.

 

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However, I've been fishing GYCB Hula Grubs with an unpainted tungsten bullet for a couple of decades and not a single smallmouth  among the many I've caught on this T-rig said to me, "Why didn't you paint the weight to match the grub?"

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My OCD also won't let me use unpainted jigs.  However, I think a plain lead head pairs pretty well with a shad scheme plastic.

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Some of my most productive jigs (or baits in general) are ones that look like they've been through a blender.  Skirts are faded or changed color from scents and dips, head is chipped up and the hooks been sharpened half a dozen times.  

 

Its either 1.) A confidence thing and 100% between my ears or 2.) The more dull, beat up and weathered a bait gets, the more natural it looks.

 

My opinion is you don't need to paint them, but you certainly should paint them 😋 

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If you plan to sell your jigs the head must be painted when they have skirts.

I prefer to paint my jig heads a color used in the skirt.

Black and brown cover 75% of my jigs, pearl white and purple the balance of 25%.

4 colors for everything. I also paint my jig heads using Testors enamel model paint using a small brush 1 at a time using 1 of the colors and hang then by the hook on a wire. I can paint 100 jigs in about 1 hour and let dry over night.

Tom

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2 hours ago, WRB said:

If you plan to sell your jigs the head must be painted when they have skirts.

I prefer to paint my jig heads a color used in the skirt.

Black and brown cover 75% of my jigs, pearl white and purple the balance of 25%.

4 colors for everything. I also paint my jig heads using Testors enamel model paint using a small brush 1 at a time using 1 of the colors and hang then by the hook on a wire. I can paint 100 jigs in about 1 hour and let dry over night.

Tom

Green pumkin, black, and brown cover 95% of the jigs I make for bottom contact. Sometimes someone wants something different but it is so rare I don't stock any other colors of powder paint.

 

Allen

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On 7/23/2019 at 8:42 PM, WRB said:

If you plan to sell your jigs the head must be painted when they have skirts.

I prefer to paint my jig heads a color used in the skirt.

Black and brown cover 75% of my jigs, pearl white and purple the balance of 25%.

4 colors for everything. I also paint my jig heads using Testors enamel model paint using a small brush 1 at a time using 1 of the colors and hang then by the hook on a wire. I can paint 100 jigs in about 1 hour and let dry over night.

Tom

*You ever cure the enamel jigs in a toaster over - or is that not needed with the testers enamel paints ?

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If you have a warmer oven 100 to 120 degrees of dry air the paint will dry faster but I wouldn't put painted jigs in a toaster over. Testors enamel dries over night. 

Tom

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