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June 16

Mark Kitteridge Reviews Lightbulb Jigheads. They do catch more fish than regular jigheads..

 

Light Bulbs – switch on fishing !!!!

By Mark Kitteridge.

I love my soft-plastic fishing, and part of the attraction comes from the constantly evolving tackle.While the soft-plastics themselves are the obvious ‘rock stars’ in the technique, they’re no use without a decent lead-headed hook to get them down, impart an interesting action, and then hold onto the fish through any ensuing fights.

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To be honest, I already had these aspects sorted with another lead-head brand, and am not the sort of person to change for no reason, so it took a comprehensive display by Ocean Angler distributor, Paul Senior, to get me to try his version, called ‘Light Bulbs’.Before this session I’d been catching much more than my share for quite a while, so was somewhat bemused when Paul started hauling in three fish to my one, with the only apparent reasons being a slightly lighter leader … and his Light Bulb lead-head.

Finally, a beaten man, I humbly asked to use one – and immediately my catch rate picked up to become more equally shared. Impressive..

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Since then I’ve enjoyed plenty more success, especially when fishing relatively shallow water to around 10 metres in cloudy or overcast conditions. I believe this is due to the Light Bulbs’ ‘open secret’: each head has UV eyes painted on it, covered by a clear protective topcoat. However, although available with three different colours of UV-reflective eyes – pink, green and blue – you won’t see them (unless you have a UV emitting light), so buying them requires a small leap of faith!

Another strength – literally – is the hook incorporated. Sharp, strong and surprisingly thin, they’ve been 100% reliable so far.

As for the shank length, some people say they’re too short, but I love them configured this way – even when using 7” soft-plastics. After all, the shorter shank allows the longer tails to impart more action, rather than be held rigidly in place with a length of metal, so they entice more bites. And even if the fish do bite short, so what – all they’ve experienced is a fleeting feeling of soft, food-like material, so usually bite again, more often than not hooking up this time. Also, a shorter shank enables anglers to change down to 4” and even 3” soft-plastics if desired without having to chop off and retie the lead-head. This truly is a case of ‘one size fits all’. The Light Bulb’s hook gape is also a very universal size, being big enough to accommodate even 7” soft-plastics and avoid catching too many undersized fish, yet they don’t look out of place in 4” lures.

Check out how the Jigheads look under a UV light by watching the video

 

 

It takes a competent soft-baiter to recognise that fractions of an ounce – equating to just a handful of grams – can make all the difference at times, so I’m not surprised to see that Paul’s Light Bulbs come in six weights: ¼, 3/8, 1/2 , 3/4 , 5/8 and 1oz, so there’s one to suit most situations.  Nor did it surprise me that Ocean Angler ‘Light Bulbs’ cost a little more than some other brands (@$13-14 per pack RRP), as i believe they offer anglers more, too.

 

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Thanks to New Zealand Fishing News for letting us publish Marks article.

 

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