Cleaning Jig Eyes: the easy way


I placed an order the other day for some new jigs, which got me thinking about all the jigs, and blade baits I either bought or made last year.  There is nothing worse than pulling a jig out of the box and realizing you cannot tie on because the eye is full of paint.  Often the “eye-busters” are a hard fit around the eye, and do not get the job done.  I decided Tuesday night would be my “maintenance” night.  I walked up into my fishing workshop upstairs in the shop and brought down my rotary tool and drill bits.


I was going through the jigs the other night before placing my order, because I didn’t want to order something I already had a bunch of.  Starting with the 3/8ths oz. box, I cleaned out every eye, and worked my way up to the 1 oz. box.  I also cleaned some blade baits I had made with my Do-It Mold.  Don’t be too critical of those paint jobs, still working on perfecting my technique.

I went through about 2,500 jigs in about 1.5 to two hours, and learned a couple of things during the process.  First off its wise to have a few extra bits, they do wear out.  Secondly, the jigs painted with vinyl paint tend to leave a ring around the bit, and last of all, even though the powder painted jigs were cured, using a rotary tool is the only way to clean out these jigs!


Although using Seal-Coat, or some other type of jig clear coat is not a must, I would regret not passing on one more tidbit of information.  There are some jigs that just fit a niche application, and are specially made by one company or another.  Maybe you buy a larger number of jigs from a small company to make it through a whole season.  These jigs are typically spray painted for ease/quickness during the manufacturing process. They also tend to chip or dust off during high-speed travel.  Ice or open water, doesn’t matter. When making a purchase like this, once they arrive or I bring them home from the store, I simply take a small brush, and give each one a quick coat of clear.  Make sure you give them a chance to dry for a night at room temperature so they don’t stick together!  Call it preventative maintenance or what you will, but it will protect the paint for years to come.

Copyright, 2016

About Mason

Born off the Detroit River, raised in Ida and on Lake Erie. Anything fishing holds my interest from Walleye, Pike and Muskie to a 10 year run on the Ice Fishing Circuits around the MidWest.
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