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Finesse jigging with the Keitech Tungsten Rubber Jig Model I (continued)

The Skirt: Keitech likes to be unique and makes use of custom materials and components. The Rubber Jig Model I uses Keitechís SR-40 custom rubber to produce a fine profiled jig. The skirt is perfectly cut and the entire jig is made up of 200 to 220 strands. After the silicone skirts are squarely cut the strands are then hand tied by their staff. This way the rubber strands are placed on accurately and when in the water produces the most flare.


Another look at the fine strands used on the Tungsten jig


As you can tell from our underwater photos of the Keitech Tungsten Rubber Jig Model I, as the lure stands still at the bottom it flares nicely. Any underwater current will give motion to these fine skirts. When swimming with a trailer the body of the jig remains in a nice form.


Please excuse the mis-focused photo but you can see how the jig is when it's swimming. The skirt still produces a nice body profile

Durability: As expected I didnít have any issues with the Keitech SR-40 fine strand silicone skirt, and I never really have with any other jigs I have tried in the past. The two major areas that usually have flaws are the jighead, the head itself and the hook. These are the two main focus of our durability section.


Though better for flipping and swimming this jig looks deadly bounced on the bottom


First the Keitech jighead, The tungsten material is super hard and we didnít notice any deformation after extended use, even after unintentional and intentional casts at rock walls while fishing. These heads are painted with a very thin coat of special paint and process that makes it very durable. Only after months of testing did we notice only the bottom of the jighead had scratches yet there was no flaking of the paint.


The hook is small but it's tough and sharp


As previously mentioned Keitech uses a custom Gamakatsu hook for their Model I jig. These hooks are sharp and remain so after catching many bass. This Keitech Tungsten Rubber Jig is meant for finesse fishing and though the hook is small the wire gauge on the 3/0 hook is plenty thick for its intended application and more. I employed the hard hooksets used by many bass anglers and was never able to bend the hook, thatís of course without setting extremely hard that it would break my eight pound test line.


A close up of the hand-glued weed guard


Application: Because the Keitech Tungsten Rubber Jig Model I is made of a more dense material, its head can be made smaller. The jighead is small in size but the profile is still there thanks to the fine skirts, and it makes a great finesse jig. It can be fished in deeper waters but it excels in shallow waters targeting largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass around downed trees and other vegetation. The streamlined head design makes this Keitech jig better when used for flipping or as a swimming jig with a trailer attached to provide more action.


Put a trailer on the Keitech jig and swim it for aggressive bass


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Keitech Tungsten Rubber Jig Model I Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Japanese craftsmanship giving it a great construction with quality components and material 8.5
Performance This is a great finesse jig for flipping into cover and swam. Good for shallow waters but the larger size will get deep though not the best for bottom fishing due to the head design 8
Price Might look expensive for a jig, but it falls right on the money for a Tungsten made jighead of this quality 7
Features The jig features the basics but the weed guard is hand-glued, the skirt is made of a SR-40 material, a custom hook, and of course a tungsten jighead 7
Design (Ergonomics) Designed with a streamlined head to punch through cover or move about the water better 7
Application A finesse jig for shallow waters either swam or flipped 7

Total Score

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

J Lead-free Tungsten jighead L Undistinguishable advantage to hand-glued weed guard
J Non-deforming head  
J 30% smaller than lead heads of the same weight  
J Quality build  

Conclusion: If youíre a bass angler you must fish a jig. Itís one of the most effective methods of catching bass and jigs are versatile allowing the angler to target fish at all depths and structure. As more and more Japanese made fishing products are making it onto the United States shores, so are lures such as jigs. Keitech, new to many, is a Japanese lure company that brings us an assortment of quality lures. The Tungsten Rubber Jig Model I was the first offering by this company to find itís way into the TackleTour HQ. This jighead is molded out of environmental friendly Tungsten material with a sharp custom Gamakatsu hook. Because of the tungsten material the jighead is extremely tough. Extended stress and impact against other solid materials never did deform this Keitech Tungsten head, and because itís tungsten its profile is 30 percent smaller than lead jigheads. The head design is made so the jig excels at being flipped into cover or as a swimming jig. The Keitech Model I jig has great craftsmanship, good overall performance, and has an extremely durable jighead. If times are tough and you need to catch a few bass, go with a finesse jig like the Keitech Tungsten Rubber Jig Model I.


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