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hogpaw
03-26-2006, 01:09 AM
I am new to using jigs and have a few questions.

I have seen some of the jigs that appear to have salt on them. Is this an attractant of some sort?

Some jigs don't appear to have oil on them. Do they need to?

Does it work OK just to put fish attractant oil on the jig bodies?

mikeg
03-26-2006, 05:07 AM
what does salt do when put in water it is gone gone

mikeg

driller
03-26-2006, 06:37 AM
You want oily jigs? Just dip them in sardine juice.

TAE73
03-26-2006, 07:05 AM
Salt is added during the proccess of making the jigs to make them heaver on some baits.

unknown 5
03-26-2006, 07:21 AM
I spray cod liver oil on my jigs. I believe it will stay better than salt will.

CrappiePappy
03-26-2006, 07:43 AM
I am new to using jigs and have a few questions.

I have seen some of the jigs that appear to have salt on them. Is this an attractant of some sort?

Some jigs don't appear to have oil on them. Do they need to?

Does it work OK just to put fish attractant oil on the jig bodies?

Salt "impregnated" plastics are supposed to taste like live creatures ... so, yes - the salt IS an attractant "of some sort". Adding salt to plastics (in a bag) will probably not do much ... as the salt would wash away upon contact with the water.

Not all plastics have oil on them ... and they don't need oil, necessarily. The oils are usually found in bags of plastic bodies, and are there to keep the plastic bodies from sticking together. Scented oils may be added, by mfg or angler, to add an attractant quality to the bait. These may be "cooked" into the plastic, itself ... or just added to the outside (or packed in it).

Adding attractants to the jig is personal preferrence ... and the results vary.

................. cp :cool:

sunfish
03-26-2006, 09:03 AM
I am new to using jigs and have a few questions.

I have seen some of the jigs that appear to have salt on them. Is this an attractant of some sort?

Some jigs don't appear to have oil on them. Do they need to?

Does it work OK just to put fish attractant oil on the jig bodies?

Baitfish and other aquatic animals have a high salt content, hence the use of salt on plastic baits. And you would be surprized how long salt stays on a bait (with oil base), after being immersed in water.

I'm a big believer in scents on plastic baits, not only as a attractant, but as a masking agent. I like the natural scent attractant made by Pro-Cure (www.pro-cure.com). For crappie here in California, I use their threadfin shad and minnow scents. Made from real baitfish. Dave.

frank lawhead
03-26-2006, 09:21 AM
I Tried Using Cod-liver Oil [per Jerry Blake] Anyone That Posts Pic. Like Him Can,t Be All Wrong [ha]
I Got Some On My Hands And It Really Ate At The Comp. Handles---guess I,m Too Clumbsy To Fish Right [haha]

NIMROD
03-26-2006, 10:20 AM
Salt "impregnated" plastics are supposed to taste like live creatures ... so, yes - the salt IS an attractant "of some sort". Adding salt to plastics (in a bag) will probably not do much ... as the salt would wash away upon contact with the water.

Not all plastics have oil on them ... and they don't need oil, necessarily. The oils are usually found in bags of plastic bodies, and are there to keep the plastic bodies from sticking together. Scented oils may be added, by mfg or angler, to add an attractant quality to the bait. These may be "cooked" into the plastic, itself ... or just added to the outside (or packed in it).

Adding attractants to the jig is personal preferrence ... and the results vary.

................. cp :cool:

I agree with your view of the subject. I use oil (fish attractant) in my sack of tubes. I figure it can't hurt the bite and might help sometimes. Mostly because it helps slide tube onto leadhead. I use 1/8 oz leadhead inserted into umbrella tube. Without extra lube on them it's hard to insert without damage'n tube.

rango
03-26-2006, 11:10 AM
I'd stay away from jigs that has salt on em. i had some in my jig box and the salt ruined all my jig heads. you dont need salt. its just something somebodys come up with trying to sell more jigs by convincing people salt makes em better. salt is a no-no for a freshwater tackle box....

hogpaw
03-26-2006, 12:52 PM
I appreciate all the info. I definitely welcome anymore input.

Moose1am
03-26-2006, 02:52 PM
I have to agree with sunfish on this one. Scent does make a big difference. And salt added to the baits will help make the fish think that they have the real thing and it will keep them hanging onto the bait a while longer. Those few extra seconds the bait stays in the fish's mouth will help you get the hook set vs watching the fish spit the bait out.

Matt Smith
03-26-2006, 09:53 PM
Salted jigs are necessary for ice fishing.

crappieseeker
03-26-2006, 10:05 PM
yes salt will definately ruin your jig heads. Never put salted jigs in the same box or area as the heads.

Pomoxis 2
03-26-2006, 10:56 PM
...salt will definately ruin your jig heads. Never put salted jigs in the same box or area as the heads.
I couldn't agree more. I bought some bodies from bass pro last year. When they arrived with the bags full of salt, I spent several minutes rinsing them well in a strainer. I know from experience, they ruined several heads/hooks. Try it, you'll see. Without salt, that special color (no longer available) hooked and landed fish I will never ruin my credibility by telling you about. Plastic bodies with salt impregnated are physically much,much weaker than without. WHAT A LOUSY GIMMICK!!!