There are lots of color choices when it comes to painting jigs. You can choose the tried and true, or you can step out and come up with something original on your own. In my case I look at what is already working throughout the whole year. Meaning, I take my ideas a lot of times from lures, spinner blades, spoons and even the plastics that I use.
Prime example happened last night, I had all my powder paints from TJ’s Tackle out in the shop. I had my lists of patterns that I was going to paint, and how many jigs for each color. I had 30 jigs left over, by design for getting a creative. While trying to come up with some ideas, I looked at my spinner blades for some inspiration. I spied my best blade from the 2016 season, which also happened to be the best Deep Husky Jerk pattern for the last couple of years, Big Eye Custom Lure’s Lime Attack.
I chose the Bright Green and Hot Pink powder paints from TJ’s and fired up the heat gun and fluid beds. First I gave the body of my 5/8 ths ounce Walleye Jig made from a Do-It mold, a dip in the Bright Green. Then in the 3 inch fluid cup, I gave it a Hot Pink back. Is it a perfect match, maybe not. Do I love the results, absolutely! It’s just funky enough to work, and if you have seen some of the colors of the plastics that worked this year, it just might be the hot jig for me in two weekends for the Saginaw Bay Walleye Club’s Fall Classic.
I mentioned the colors of plastics, that is another source of inspiration for me when it comes to painting the jigs. Last year, an 8.5 lb walleye came on a Blue Ice jig, and a Lunker City Ice Shad Fin-S Fish combination. The Blue Ice worked pretty well, so this year, I came up with an Ice Shad, or White Ice pattern. In this picture, I used the 3/4 oz round ball mold from Do-It. Why a 3/4 ounce jig on the Saginaw River, where the current doesn’t even come close to matching the Detroit River in flow speed? Because last year during the tournament we had a lot rain the night before, and the wind was hollowing out of the West/Northwest, which sped the river up. Bad thing is, I left the 3/4 oz box of jigs at home…never again!
For this jig pattern, I used the White Pearl powder paint, and then used the Clear powder coat, which I have infused with Silver/Holographic flake to make my “ice” finishes I tried the straight White powder, but like the way the Pearl came out better. Then, as with all the jigs, they go into the jig clamps from TJ’s, to get a 20 minute bake at 350 degrees in my old college era toaster oven. This process hardens the powder coat to the point where I can drop them on the shop’s cement floor, and the finish wont chip off. And yes, I have dropped more than my fair share during the years, so whether you might be clumsy or fishing the Detroit River, it is worth taking this extra step!
Now, the only thing left to do is finish painting my 3/8 ths and 1/2 oz jigs, and get the St. Croix rods rigged up and ready to go. Stay tune for news from pre-fishing and the tourney, I have a little VMC trick to pull in time for Halloween.