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Nice pickles! Glad the darts are working for you. The powder paints are pretty tough. They will still work with some chips if the chips aren't too bad. I often touch them up or even repaint them with finger nail polish if they do get chipped too much. I was out yesterday but didn't do a whole lot. Lots of catfish, three small rock and a 12 inch yellow perch that I invited home for dinner!
 

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Hard to fish in the wind this morning, but still did pretty good in two Hrs. fishing with Jerry's shad darts. Orange was the hot color this morning. I caught three bass, and four pickerel. Gave the pickerel to the old man. All the rest were released. Thanks Jerry, your shad darts are great. Paint job held up when I hit the rocks sometimes. View attachment 188281 View attachment 188289 View attachment 188297 View attachment 188305
I haven't had time to fish for pickerel quite yet. Save some for the rest of us.
 

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Capt.Nick, marshy Hope Creek is loaded with them pickerel. Right now they are the easiest fish to catch for me.
 

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I'll bet these would work well for the pickles. These are 1/4 oz. but I have 1/8, 1/4 or 3/8 oz. They should give a lot slower sink rate than the conventional shad dart of the same weight.
 

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I'll bet these would work well for the pickles. These are 1/4 oz. but I have 1/8, 1/4 or 3/8 oz. They should give a lot slower sink rate than the conventional shad dart of the same weight.
That was the lure we used in FL. for Pompano. It was called Silly Willy Jig. I think I have a picture somewhere.
 

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Capt.Nick, marshy Hope Creek is loaded with them pickerel. Right now they are the easiest fish to catch for me.
I never fished the Marshy Hope. I do love winter Chan Pike fishing though. I haven't fished shad darts in about 30 years for Pike. Too snaggy for me. They pick up leaves, weeds , branches, etc. in a lot of good Pike hideouts that I fish.They do work good though. It's probably the most used technique for Chain Pike in Maryland tidal rivers.
 

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Anyone see the guy at the flea markets that makes darts and jigs using tin instead of lead? I bought a couple tin-head bucktails from him.
Caught a couple short stripers last week using them for the first time. Nice for shallow water trolling.
 

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Used to be a guy at the PSG- Earleigh Heights Fire House show every year that sold tin lures. I think he was from PA, but not sure. I bought a few shad darts from him, but once I lost them never got any more. I always did OK with the small gold safety pin type spinners & 1/16 oz round head jig with a curltail grub on it for perch, crappies & pickerel. The small 00 size Tony spoons work too. :yes:
 

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Jim, you should see the safety pin spinner Jerry sent me to try out. It is a great light bait. I know it will be good for perch. I already know it is good for crappie and bass. I used it yesterday. Yesterday I caught one yellow perch, about 5-or 6 bass, and a few crappies. It was so windy, I didn't even feel like taking any pictures. Had a very hard time controlling my cast and lure in the wind.
 

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Glad the spinnerbait worked for you. I haven't had too much opportunity to use them because I have been chasing rockfish when time and weather has permitted, but I have caught some white and yellow perch on them. They are supposed to be for crappie but I got the mold specifically to make them for perch. I can see where that 1/16 oz. with the safety pin and spinner blade would have some problems casting in the wind. The 1/8 oz. should be a little better in the wind. I am hoping to get out next week specifically to chase some yellow perch if time and weather work out.
 

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Glad the spinnerbait worked for you. I haven't had too much opportunity to use them because I have been chasing rockfish when time and weather has permitted, but I have caught some white and yellow perch on them. They are supposed to be for crappie but I got the mold specifically to make them for perch. I can see where that 1/16 oz. with the safety pin and spinner blade would have some problems casting in the wind. The 1/8 oz. should be a little better in the wind. I am hoping to get out next week specifically to chase some yellow perch if time and weather work out.
Jerry, I caught a few yellows on the 1/16 orange dart this morning. I gave it up because of 20 mile winds. Made it feel real cold and couldn't control lures. I could use a Doz. white body darts and a Doz. yellow body darts. Split them with 1/16 and 1/8. The hair can be white or yellow. OK?
 
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