The second characteristic I look for performance wise is probably the most important - how well does that hook point penetrate when you swing for a set. A lot of anglers eliminate this variable from consideration by winding down when they sense a bite, and swinging as if the bases were loaded and they're seeing a nice, fat pitch down the middle. Or maybe more accurately, aiming for a hole in one off the tee on a par 5.
The silicone skirts are big and bulky so this jig has a good sized profile.
I've never been one to be that emphatic about my hook set. I cut my teeth bass fishing on a v-hull aluminum boat. Any kind of violent hooksetting swing on the front deck would rock the boat and deposit you in the water. Instead, I pull back with moderate to hard pressure and count on the hook to do its job. In order to get a good hookset with the combo I was fishing (a medium powered rod with nylon monofilament), the hook on the Flip Out Jig had to be super high quality... and it was.
A look at the pretty standard bait keeper.
Whether I was fishing the jig in four feet of water or fifteen, I was surprised at the high percentage of hook ups I received using that combo. That 5/0 VMC Hook really performed well.
The jig's line tie is 90 degrees to the hook shank.
Design & Ergonomics: Right or wrong, where I get really picky with my jigs is how they are put together and the number one thing I zero in on with any skirted bait is how that skirt is attached to the jig head. My preference is a hand tied skirt because I feel it gives the skirt better flare in the water and the jig as a whole better longevity. Ike's Flip Out jig features a skirt that is attached to the jighead via a thick, rubber band.
Skirts are fastened via a thick rubber band.
Ike's Flip Out Jig feature a good quality pain job with bonus paint splatter detail to break up the solid pattern of the jig's head and give it a more lifelike appearance. The line tie is turned 90 degrees to the shank of the hook.
Missile Jigs's new Ike's Flip Out Jig is priced at $4.49 - $5.39 depending on size.
Price & Applications: Missile Jigs's Ike's Flip Out Jig is available in three sizes from 3/8 oz up to 3/4 oz and in 8 different patterns and is really so much more than just a flipping jig. Any jig that will roll over hard surfaces and can be easily pulled through weeds is a good candidate for casting and swimming as well as pitching and flipping. This jig is as versatile as any we've fished.