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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:21PM

Lead + steel = magic

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By Robert Lugiewicz

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Think about the basic tools every angler needs. Hooks have got to be near the top of the list, and sinkers are in the top ten. When you combine those things together, you get a jighead, and a selection of jigheads is something no angler should leave out of his tackle box.

A jighead is deceptively simple – just a hook with a bit of lead molded onto it near the eye. Why not just use a hook and sinker instead? In many circumstances, you can. But the hooks used in most jigheads have eyes that are oriented 90 degrees from the shank, which enables a bait or lure attached to a jighead to ride level when fished slowly.

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