This crappie jig from B & P Jigs in Carlyle Illinois was designed and tested by avid crappie fishermen to be weedless and also have an extremely effective hook set. After numerous tests and tweaks, the Tru Set jig looks natural in the water, gets bit as well or better than open hooks, and has a hook set that blows away the competition. Plus it’s weedless.
How it works:
- The hook point is set at 45°. It can be buried in the plastic bait, but penetrates easily on hook set.
- The offset of the hook and the 90° eye allow for a “cam rotation” upon hook set to drive the hook point upward into the roof of the fishes mouth (see pictures).
- It hooks fish and they stay hooked.
The Tru Set hook is compatible with the increasingly popular stinger shad type baits from Bobby Garland, Mr Crappie, also carrots, slab slayers, Slider plastics, curly tails,and many more.
Fish it vertically right down in the brush. With a float right over the cover triggering strikes by bumping the brush. Swim it, drag it, spider it, or cast it, count it down and swim it back. If you’re fishing the slider technique try using the Tru Set with the slider plastics and see if your hook up rate doesn’t improve a lot. (They keep going to a larger and larger gap hook because it misses fish.)
Fish it all the time, even when weedless is not necessary, the hook set is that good.
Available in 1/16 ounce, 1/8 ounce, and 1/4 ounce with a #1 sickle hook. Packs of 5. Unpainted or painted (powder coated & baked) in chartreuse, hot pink, orange, white or scaly red. I fish unpainted exclusively. One of our testers only fished painted. Both approaches work well.
Hope you like the Tru Set hook as much as we do. I’ll rig one hook with a stinger shad so you can see how to rig it. ( An optional drop of super glue on the back of the jig head extends the life of the plastic.)
Al Stichter, tournament fishermen from Erie, Illinois says of the Tru Set with black/ chartreuse sparkle stinger ” It’s Magic !!! Not a go to bait, it’s the only bait if you want to catch lots of fish, and big fish.”