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Offline kasilofchrisn

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Straight eye or flat eye for lake trout tube jigs?
« on: Jan 19, 2022, 07:08 PM »
So I made a bunch of lake trout rattling tube jigs yesterday.
1 oz 3/4 Oz and 5/8 Oz.
My mold has the option to do a straight eye or a flat eye hook.
So I made some of each.
I'm curious what other people's preference would be aka a straight eye a flat eye or if it even makes a difference?
Also do you think a rattle would actually make a difference on lake trout?





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Re: Straight eye or flat eye for lake trout tube jigs?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 20, 2022, 06:42 AM »
Nice looking jigs !   Is the rattle the black thing by the hook ?

sorry, no insight on the straight vs flat eye question

My guess is the rattle will help - in summer big lakers go for rattling stickbaits so I assume they'll like a rattling jig in winter too

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Re: Straight eye or flat eye for lake trout tube jigs?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 20, 2022, 10:19 AM »
Nice looking jigs !   Is the rattle the black thing by the hook ?

sorry, no insight on the straight vs flat eye question

My guess is the rattle will help - in summer big lakers go for rattling stickbaits so I assume they'll like a rattling jig in winter to

Yes the black thing cast into the back of the jig is the rattle.
It's got a steel BB on the bottom and two bb's inside that bounce off each other and the bottom one to create the rattling.
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Re: Straight eye or flat eye for lake trout tube jigs?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 20, 2022, 11:18 AM »
I throw both in the summer I like the flat I hook as I have them in Trokars. I think for a tub jig it's not going to have much effect how the tube works. I think the rattle will attract and may entice a bite.   
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Re: Straight eye or flat eye for lake trout tube jigs?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 20, 2022, 11:32 AM »
One of my favorite ways to target lakers is with tubes on a bottom bounce. I havent noticed much difference with a rattle vs no rattle. Id assume it comes down to what theyre feeling that day. As others mentioned, lakers do eat rattletrap style baits so the rattle cant be a complete turnoff for them.

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Re: Straight eye or flat eye for lake trout tube jigs?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 26, 2022, 03:30 PM »
I don't think the eye is important for tube jigs.

Using both styles over the years has not made a difference in my catch rate.

the rattles will help, I catch lakers on rattle baits quite a bit. Ill use it to attract them, dead stick it way up in the column while I work my lure and sometimes it will charge right past my lure and hit the rattle bait. That said, I am also not rattling the thing like crazy either. I don't want to annoy them with constant noise from my area.
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