By: Matt Foster
Every crappie fisherman has their preference of crappie jigs. Some anglers like to use hair jigs and some like to use plastics. When I first started crappie fishing, I was under the impression that all plastic jigs were created equal and man was I mistaken. If you are like most anglers I know, you have a multitude of different color combinations along with every jig body style conceivable. I thought I had used just about every jig body style imaginable throughout the years: curly tails, split tails, joker tails, umbrella tubes, shad bodies, and more. That was until Lee Sharp with Brushpile Jigs contacted me about their new line of 2.5″ Brush Divers.
Sharp hooked me up with a few packs of the new Brush Divers to test out. When I removed the first one from the pack, I immediately noticed how firm the jig felt. I have used jigs in the past that were too soft and would fall apart after a dozen catches, but these felt different. After looking them over, I also noticed the tails were not stuck together from the molding process. I’m not sure if this is proprietary or if Sharp hand inspects each one to make sure they aren’t stuck together. Either way, that was certainly another thing that I liked about them because the tails not being stuck together would provide much more movement in the water.
Another thing I have noticed over the years about multi-colored, two-piece jigs, is how easily the head separates from the body. I gripped the tail in my left hand and the head in my right. After giving it a slight pull, it didn’t come apart. It took quite a bit of force to separate the two pieces. I spoke to Sharp about the molding process and he said, “We have a special way to connect it. It took us a while with the mold guy to get it that way.” I informed Sharp that I was impressed with the look, feel, and various colors they had to offer. Now came time for me to see if they would catch fish!
I rigged my eight B’n’M 16′ Capps and Coleman rods with a chartreuse Grenada Lake Tackle 1/8 ounce willow blade spinner and an Orange Jubilee Brush Diver. I started off fishing in six-foot of water, about four-foot deep. The fish instantly started hammering it so much, that at times, it was difficult to keep up with eight rods. Between my fishing partner and I, we caught close to sixty fish. If you’ve ever spider-rigged, you know that some days even though you have eight rods out, only one or two rods catch 98% of the fish. That was certainly the case today. My fishing partner and I figured that one of my four rods caught over forty fish. After each fish caught, I inspected the jig for defects. Once we had our limit, I was still unable to discover any defects in the jig. All the tails were still attached and the jig body showed minimal wear if any.
I’m undoubtedly ready to get my hands on more color variations of the Brushpile Jigs 2.5″ Brush Divers. If you’ve ever wanted a solid body jig with the tail action of an umbrella tube then this is definitely the jig for you. Here’s a video I made of the jig in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pElEI_3_3V8. Check out the vast array of jig styles they have to offer along with all thirty-six color variations at https://www.brushpilejig.com
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