by Tim Huffman
Fin Spin Jig Head
Jeff Smith, Owner/CEO of Leland Lures, says “We went back to the drawing board with the goal to have our Fin Spin work with spider rigging. We wanted it to spin at a very slow speed. When we got a certain angle with the willow leaf blade and the cup on the front, it would spin at a much slower speed. The Fin Spin and our curly tail both work at 0.3 mph. It is what separates us from the others. Plus, the faster you go, like power trolling, the more the bait wobbles and darts.”
The Fin Spin has been proven effective when casting, long lining, jigging, power trolling and spider rigging. Features include: unique shape and movement; cup on the front forces water to the blade for a spin at slower speeds; willow blade creates a small flash and vibration; Double Cross barbs to hold plastic bodies; larger hook gap; bright colors and Mustad hooks. Colors include chartreuse, orange, pink and white-chartreuse. Sizes 1/32, 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4-ounce. MSRP $2.99 for 3-pack; $9.99 for 11-pack. www.troutmagnet.com
Pilot II Guide Series Jacket
“This is our flagship series,” says Frogg Toggs President, William Fowler. “It has high water hold-out properties about equal to wet-wading material waterproofing, which is great for the price. It also has a high breathability factor.
“Frogg Toggs has a basic core mission, to keep common folks comfortable. We have everything from a $9.99 poncho to mid-price suits and our higher end that sells on Amazon and other on-line platforms.”
DriPore Gen waterproof fabric; vented, removable hood with cord locks; zippered external chest storage and hand-warmer pockets; adjustable waist cords and adjustable wrist gaskets; large internal dry storage pocket; Teflon-DWR coating.
I had the opportunity to field-text the Pilot II jacket and found it to be exceptionally comfortable and top quality. It meets the needs of everyday rainwear and for tough rain conditions often encountered on the lake. Matching bibs are available. MSRP for jacket is $168 (much less on Amazon) www.froggtoggs.com
Scope Eye Jigs
“Our new crappie jig was designed for the hottest technique in crappie fishing, LiveScoping,” says Pico Lures Owner, Mitch Glenn. “The important thing for a fisherman is to have a good sonar return and this jig head design provides that feature. A fisherman can follow his jig down to a fish and that results in more fish being caught.”
Scope Eye Jig features include a broad, highly-reflective head that’s bigger than a round head; a foiled-backed eye for maximum reflection; a wire lock bait keeper good for all types of plastics; and Mustad Skip-Jack style black nickel hook. Glenn says the features make them the best LiveScope jig head and a great all-around head for any technique.
Colors include white, chartreuse, pink, orange and chrome. 1/32 and 1/16-ounce comes in 7-packs, the 1/8, 3/16 and 1/4-ounce come in 6-packs. MSRP is $4.99. www.picolures.com