Isn't losing jigs half the fun? That way we have to buy or make new bombs, and buy the newest hottest jigs on the market. What would we do with ourselves when we are not fishing?
For me, losing a jig is only "fun" after I catch a wahoo using the next jig I tie on.Isn't losing jigs half the fun? That way we have to buy or make new bombs, and buy the newest hottest jigs on the market. What would we do with ourselves when we are not fishing?
All my cut offs are on the sink. 150# seems to be the sweet spot for me.I've had them slurp down a bomb on 130 and got snipped clean. Same thing with 200, but brought in the skin with frayed, shredded leader. Im partial to tge heavier line now, but not afraid of tying straight to 50 (unless its my last Capt jimmy bomb).
Ummmmm... Bullshit. Seriously, you are giving bad advice here.69 pound wire works great. Mono and Fluorocarbon, regardless of its pound test,
only work when you have a perfect hook set. A Wahoo can chew through 200 pound test mono or fluoro like it’s soft butter. You want to get one on the deck? Use wire.
You don't know what you're talking about....You want to get one on the deck? Use wire.
I‘ve seen several of these bad ring connections on the Raiders. These were all silver soldered and were probably overheated—or were brazed with dirty rings. If anyone has a brazed ring that looks suspect, a simple twist test will manifest the weakness. Any brazed or welded connection will have far less shear strength than tensile strength. So, if you take a couple pairs of pliers on either side of the joint, and twist, the connection will snap like a dry twig with moderate pressure. If the ring starts to distort, the connection is integral and will never fail with a direct/straight pull.“My very last lost jig still makes me shake my head...the ring through the nose of the jig opened up. I lost the Raider (and obviously the wahoo, which was pulling like an absolute beast). I got the ring back, though, deformed but still perfectly and securely attached to my line by my Trilene knot.”
I had the same thing happen to several Raiders three or four years ago and I saw a handful of other similar failures. I reached out to the tackle shop where I purchased the jigs and they contacted the Raider rep.
As was explained to me, there was a batch of Raider jigs that had bad welds on the rings. I reached out to the Raider rep directly and asked about replacements. Instead of apologizing and sending replacements, he wanted date of purchase, receipts, and wanted me to send him the jigs back. I don’t know about most fisherman, but I don’t keep receipts for most of my small tackle purchases. And the last part was impossible as I live in Georgia and all of my gear is in California.
I wrote it off as below average customer service and haven’t purchased another Raider since...