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OkobojiEagle

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current mushroom head jig has wire bait keeper extending 1/4" from the head.  Are there longer wire bait keepers that would extend 1/2" beyond lead jig head?  Thanks for the info.

 

oe

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Are these purchased by you or have poured them?  If purchased then do some research for longer ones.  I have a swimbait mold that takes a double keeper.  The second one is too long and I cut it off.

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https://barlowstackle.com/WB800-Keeper-Wire-Form-P3024/

 

oe, the above keeper is 13/16" long. I put it up against a head I cast from the Do-it Midwest Finesse mold with an Owner 5313 hook (my preferred hook) and it ends right about where the curve of the hook starts. If you're not casting your own you could cut the wire to desired length and wrap it on with thread.

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Thanks for the answers above.  I don't mold my own, but tie on various jig heads.  I'm giving thought to tying a marabou jig using a small mushroom head with a wire keeper.  The jig I currently have is as I've described above with the keeper extending only 1/4" below the head.  I want more room to tie and still add a plastic tail.  I'm guessing a 1/2" keeper may be long enough.  I'll keep my eyes open for such a 1/8oz jig head.

 

oe

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If it were me I’d get some jigs without keepers and some 20 gauge wire and make my own any length that I wanted.  All you would have to do is make the keeper, wrap thread around it on the hook shank then put some super glue on it.  Once it is dry you good to go.

I do a similar technique to keep worms on a shaky head.

 

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5 hours ago, OkobojiEagle said:

Thanks for the answers above.  I don't mold my own, but tie on various jig heads.  I'm giving thought to tying a marabou jig using a small mushroom head with a wire keeper.  The jig I currently have is as I've described above with the keeper extending only 1/4" below the head.  I want more room to tie and still add a plastic tail.  I'm guessing a 1/2" keeper may be long enough.  I'll keep my eyes open for such a 1/8oz jig head.

 

oe

 

What size hook would you want and can you paint the heads yourself? 

 

Allen

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