I have caught yellowtail and tuna on the Baitwraps. The ones I like are the sardines and the squids in the Salas 7x and 6x jr. I just got some Deviled Egg Wraps in a 6x and 6x jr. that I think will kill the yellows. These jigs rock.
I have become friends with Rich Whitaker, the fellow who makes the jigs. That being said...
Rich approached me and my son to fish his jigs prior to our 5 day trip this summer. I too believed that there was relatively minimal benefit to color selection vs. jig action. While I was amazed at the brilliant and colorful patterns, I too was a bit skeptical and thought that they looked like they would "catch fisherman" quite well. On the other hand, I'm always looking for any advantage and knew it couldn't hurt.
The bottom line is that more than a few times during that trip my son and I slammed yellowtail one after the other on Bait Wraps jigs when other fisherman, fishing both jigs and bait hooked up at an average pace. The proof was in the pudding and their was a lot of substance during that trip that I personally experienced and witnessed. This applied as well to others when we gave them Bait Wraps jigs to fish with. I will also say that this disparity in catch rate seems to be a very common theme when using these jigs.
The only disadvantage that I can think of is the cost. That being said, I don't personally believe that $20 for a jig of this type is out of the question compared to $10-$17 for traditional jigs.
On the positive side...
As a saltwater bass tournament fishermen, I'm always looking for every possible advantage. (Ex: scents etc.) These jigs are a classic example of that possible edge that can't hurt but may provide excellent benefit.
Having now spent numerous hours fishing these jigs the bottom line is that the relative catch ratio is higher, sometimes much higher than other jigs... I can't help but be all over it!
Rich is widely known as a very experienced and well respected jig fishermen. Rich hand picks or manufactures all of the jigs himself for swimming ability. In my opinion, he doesn't circulate this fact enough. I don't claim to be an expert jig picker, it is quite an art, but I'd pay extra bucks just for that alone. Could this fact be why they catch fish better than others? ... who knows?
Yes, Rich is my friend, and I hope he sells a million of them, but I'll be fishing them in any case.
This is Rich Whitaker and I am the maker of all these jigs. I do them one at a time in my garage and have been fishing jigs for over 50 years. I do it because I love fishing so if you need to get a hold of me just go to Rich Whitaker on Face Book and lets talk fishing.
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Lately I have been seeing a lot of these bait wrapped lures at fishing shows and tackle shops at a premium price ($17-$21 each).
Was curious does anyone have any experience using them and do they fish better (better at attracting and getting fish to strike) that standard Salas or is it just a cool looking pretty lure?
From what I've heard, they take off the rack jigs and photo wrap them. So you can pretty much take any jig and have it wrapped in your favorite flavor. So, I am guessing, if you have a favorite jig or 2 that are great swimmers, you can have them wrapped. Do you still have to pay $20?Ok, I gotta admit, I am confused here. Are you making the jigs? Or, are these jigs that the wrap is applied over?
Put lipstick on a pig...From what I've heard, they take off the rack jigs and photo wrap them. So you can pretty much take any jig and have it wrapped in your favorite flavor. So, I am guessing, if you have a favorite jig or 2 that are great swimmers, you can have them wrapped. Do you still have to pay $20?
If you buy a bait wrap jig off the shelf, will it swim?
I have a 5gal bucket in my garage of jigs that are the right color and brand but don't swim for shit.
Bet a Bettie Page jig gets bit well...