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Lure Review

 

Seaspin USA's Intriguing Little Geko Jig (continued)

Design & Ergonomics: We mentioned earlier that the skirts on these jigs are hand tied. I personally really like this touch as I believe it allows the skirt to not only stay on the bait longer, but also flare out more than if the skirt is simply attached with a thick rubber band, something that is unfortunately becoming commonplace among most mainstream jigs.


The skirts are hand tied.

Taking a closer look at the Geko Jig's hook attachment, we discovered not only is the hook attached to the jighead via a split ring, but the split ring is actually attached to a swivel imbedded within the back of the jighead so the hook is free to swing and rotate. This is good because once you do hook a fish, it's very difficult for it to gain any leverage on the bait and throw the hook, but at the same time, because the hook rotates so freely, we have to wonder if the hook is always in the right position for an effective hookset when you swing.


That free swinging and rotating hook increases your chances of landing each fish you hook.

Granted, I didn't run into any situations where I felt a missed a fish I should have been able to hook, but the thought is there nonetheless.

 

What I really like about this bait's hook configuration is that I can change it if I want to a smaller hook, or a hook from my favorite brand, or even a straight shank hook if I feel like it. The options are all there to customize this jig's hook and that's a good thing.


The EWG hook is attached to the swivel on the back of the bait via a split ring meaning it can be replaced with any size or configuration hook you choose.

Price & Applications: Seaspin refers to the configuration of this bait with the ball head as the "spherical" head and the version with the conical head as "bullet". I'm knit picking here, but I'd prefer ball and bullet or spherical and conical for consistency. Nevertheless, I fished the spherical head most of the time because we found ourselves mostly around spots on the water with hard bottoms.


The ability to Texas rig your trailer bait offers a degree of weedlessness not common with a jig.

However, the bullet head version of this bait is more versatile because it's designed to be flipped or pitched into or up next to vegetation but also because it can double as a swim jig. Simply attach your favorite soft plastic paddletail swimbait and cast away. Fished in this manner, that free swinging and rotating hook is really to your advantage because fish doesn't have to hit the jig perfectly for the hook to get in its mouth.


The Geko Jig retails for between $6.99 - $7.99 depending on configuration and size.

Seaspin USA is still working to get into tackle stores throughout the country, but their baits can be found on their website at Seaspin USA. The Geko jig retails for between $6.99 - $7.99 depending on configuration and size.

Ratings

Seaspin USA Geko Jig Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very intricate little bait when you look closely 9
Performance These jigs did everything I asked of them 8.5
Price For a jig, these are priced at quite the premium 6
Features Hand tied skirt, free rotating and swinging hook, two configurations from which to choose 8
Design (Ergonomics) The bullet head is available in more sizes than the ball head and each is only available in 6 colors at the moment 7.5
Application Given how easy it is to customize and the free swinging nature of that hook, this bait is actually quite versatile 8

Total Score

7.83
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Hand tied quality - Price is a little high for a jig
+ Free swinging hook that's easily replaceable - Only 6 colors (for now)
+ Two different head configurations from which to choose  

  


Kudos to Seaspin USA for building such an intriguing little jig.

 

Conclusion: With the recent popularity of the free swinging hook on jigheads, it was only a matter of time before a manufacturer leveraged that popularity into an actual jig.

 

Seaspin USA takes the concept of the free swinging "jig" design a bit further with the inclusion of a swivel to help that hook rotate and take away any leverage a fish might be able to gain in trying to throw the hook.

 

What I like about these jigs is the fact you can actually change the hook to something smaller if you want to go finesse, or even to a straight shank hook if that's your preference. The ability to simply swap out the hook to a name brand of your choice is also very big in today's angling world. Kudos to Seaspin USA for building such an intriguing little jig.

 

Looking for Seaspin USA Geko Jigs?

Try Seaspin USA's Website


 

 

 

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