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silverside
01-09-2018, 03:34 PM
I have always made my own tool for cleaning the paint out of a jig eye. My question is are the ones you can buy from Bass Pro worth having? I have never tried one.

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ET Fish
01-09-2018, 03:35 PM
I use a push pin.

silverside
01-09-2018, 03:53 PM
I use a push pin.My diy method is a sewing needle retracted into a mechanical pencil. Never really thought of a push pin [emoji6]

Sometimes just use another jig hook and push it through

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sinkermaker
01-09-2018, 03:57 PM
Those that you buy work good.

FIN
01-09-2018, 04:10 PM
I use a safety pin. It fastens to my fishing vest.
Fin

CrappiePappy
01-09-2018, 04:35 PM
I've got one of those you buy, but still use the hook point of another jig most of the time :Doh: .... and if that's not close at hand, I just use my pocket knife :biggrin

Nutbush
01-09-2018, 05:11 PM
I just use another hook

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trypman1
01-09-2018, 05:46 PM
My fingertips are always bloody after a Crappie trip! I wish their was a good answer to the question!

skeetbum
01-09-2018, 06:11 PM
There'a a tool called a Bodkin that is used when tying jigs and flies. It's basically a needle in a handle that's about 6 inches long. I heat it over a flame and push it through as it melts everything in it's way. Cleanest and easiest method I know of, but it does take a little fore thought. From what's been said so far, I like the push pin idea myself. One of the cool things about powder painting my own is that they don't get painted in the first place.

Retired2Fish
01-09-2018, 07:18 PM
I usually use another jig hook but I like the push pin idea.:ThumbsUp

pop
01-09-2018, 07:51 PM
All my jig eyes are cleaned out before going in the boat. I use my dremel drill with a small drill bit. Pop

FIN
01-09-2018, 07:58 PM
All my jig eyes are cleaned out before going in the boat. I use my dremel drill with a small drill bit. Pop

I was cleaning mine today. Might have missed one though

rnvinc
01-09-2018, 09:00 PM
Modify one of these just a tad ...

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crappiefarmer
01-09-2018, 09:03 PM
I usually use another jig hook but I like the push pin idea.:ThumbsUpI use one hook. Save it for that purpose. Heat the point and stick it right through. Easy as pie. No need to buy or rig anything special.

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cevans
01-09-2018, 09:05 PM
Dremill tool before I put them in a Tackle box at home, that no messin around in the boat.:ThumbsUp

Hanr3
01-09-2018, 09:50 PM
I typically clean the eyes before they go in the boat. Typically I use another hook. Tried one of those eye cleaners, didn't work to well. Used my pocket knife a time or two, but worry about it closing on me. I might get a awl and see how that works.

drdore
01-09-2018, 11:50 PM
I use an old dental explorer heated and clean as I paint. Really makes me mad to walk into a store and see jigs hanging on the wall with eyes painted solid, sloppy work.

CrappieDreamer
01-10-2018, 01:50 AM
My frustration of dealing with jigs that had their eyes painted shut is part of what lead me to making my own. Iíll never have to bust out the eye of a jig again [emoji16]


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91tiger
01-10-2018, 07:30 AM
I'm loving this board. I don't tie many crappie jigs but I do tie larger jigs for stripers and even bigger ones for tarpon and snook and once I bake on the powder paint it is a real pain to bust through the eyes if I don't do it while the paint is still hot. I hadn't been smart enough to think about heating the needle or hook before trying to push it through...very smart.