Fortifying the Arsenal : Bass Patrol's New Color Options
Introduction: Anyone who fishes a lot of jigs will tell you, in order to be effective, you have to throw them in places where you're in constant risk of getting snagged. Relatively speaking, losing a jig is not as big of an impact as losing say, a hand made and painted big bait, but still, if you fish jigs a lot, losing them to underwater snares can add up. This is why one of our favorite jig brands is Bass Patrol. With a retail price right around $2.00, Bass Patrol makes the pain of losing several jigs in one day a little easier to take and with that risk of loss, comes rewards with numbers in your livewell.
Bass Patrol Silicone Skirt Jig Specifications
||Football Head Jig
||Silicone (hand tied)
|| 1/4 - 3/4 ounce
||Mustad Ultra Point 2x
||Concealed Line Tie, Hand Tied Skirt
The relative inexpensive nature of these jigs is one of the reasons Bass Patrol did so well in our 2008 Football Jig Roundup. A criticism we had of those jigs back then, however, was the fact their hooks were a little thin-wired. It was more of a finesse jig that needed to be fished carefully for fear of straightening out the hook.
Jigs are now available with silicone skirts.
But that's not the most
exciting news ...
... the silicone skirted versions of these jigs come with Mustad UltraPoint 2x hooks!
Well, in 2009, all that changed when the manufacturer introduced new, silicone skirted jigs with Mustad Ultra Point 2x strong hooks. They introduced 4 colors in this configuration with sizes ranging from 1/4 ounce on up to 3/4 ounces with an MSRP of $2.49 - higher than the original rubber skirt versions, but still very affordable.
cool head design with the concealed line tie ...
... and same, hand tied construction in a ~$2.49 jig!
Not really different enough to warrant a brand new review...
... but seeing as how they addressed our only real issue with this bait (the hook), this jig product is very worthwhile.
As you can see, we got good use out of it this past year.
Conclusion: Having completed a review on their previous, rubber skirted jig back in 2008, and though the components of the jig have changed somewhat, we didn't feel the change warranted a full blown review. But yes, we have fished them and we welcome these new enhancements.
And for under $3.00 a pop, we will likely continue to rely upon it!
The best part is, the cost of these jigs is still relatively low, so if you need to stock up on a quality jig that you can live with losing while fishing it in places where the risk/reward potential is favorable, Bass Patrol's product should be high on your list.
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