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The Barefoot Jig

This video takes you from start to fininsh on all the connections to rig the Barefoot Jig properly

The Barefoot Jig...Early Morning Rockin'

This video Illustrates how effective the Barefoot Jig is, and how the barbless hooks can be easily removed without injuring the fish

KILLER bite before work!!!

The Barefoot Jig on ... The Night Bite

This video illustrates the barefoot Jig under a cork, and without a cork and how easy it is to release fish with the barbless jig hook

Panfish on Circle Hook Chin Weights

Over 50 panfish and small bass caught with no gut hooked fish

Properly  and securely hhoked fish on soft plastic (Trout Slayer) crawfish

Snag Resistant Circle Hook Chin Weight

How to snell the snag resistamt Circle Hook Chin Weight

About Us


Jigs for soft plastics and bait

All of our products were created from experience and need. We have been fishing since early childhood , and paying attention to detail. From farm ponds and rivers to the inshore/nearshore to the stream, we create unique jigs and rigs (and show techniques) that get bites. 


Sharing the Knowledge

It's not just about the jigs and tackle, It's about giving anyone the ability to catch the larger (wiser) fish, and be able to catch numbers of good fish also. We want to share our knowledge, thru the vehicle of video(s), about how to make this tackle work best. For example, the Barefoot Jumpin' Jig fishes any soft plastic under a poping cork far superior to any other jig head because it keeps the (soft plastics) horizontal and Jumping from side to side with it's built-in action... 


..See video



Who We Are

We truly love to fish the offshore waters for bottom fish and pelagics, but like to catch fish wherever we're at. This is the reason we've created freshwater Circle Hook Chin Weights that are "good on the fish, and good on the fisherman". Since we are releasing (bass), and most freshwater fish, we created circle hook Chin Weights that safely and securely hook fish for a healthy release

...See video below


J Hook Chin Weights


Two things that stand out about the J Hook Chin Weight are...

Easy to rig and how beautufully it swims a ballyhoo or squid

Ballyhoo swim like they are alive 

The J Hook Chin Weight is shown (rigged) with a cable stinger hook and copper wire...but sold unrigged

See video..


Circle Hook Chin Weights


Circle Hook Chin Weights are one product that have application in all types of fresh and saltwater fishing from White marlin to bass, bream and catfish, and everything in between.

Shown snelled ... 

See the video for rigging suggetions, including how to make the Chin Weight "snag resistant"

Shown snelled, but sold (NOT SNELLED)


The Barefoot Jumpin' Jig


This is the ONLY jig on the market that makes your soft palstics move! When we say "move", we really mean JUMP! The reason for this is the flared head and the perfectly balanced position it sits in the water. For example, the jig with your choice of soft plastics will sit horizontal down deep or under a poping cork and "jump" when twitched with the rod tip

See video to see this amazing action


Proof's in the puddin'


Just one example of how the J Hook Chin Weight swims a ballyhoo, and how effective the stinger is...Here is a beautiful wahoo that was fooled on a naked ballyhoo and florocarbon

....See Video 


Circle Hook Chin Weights ROCK!!!


Circle Hook Chin Weights are perfect for a number of species including white marlin!!! 

but aslo....CATFISH

Drum, snook, stripers and grouper in saltwater...

Bass, catfish and stripers in freshwater have  custom made jaw bones for the Circle Hook Chin Weight

These Jigs can easily be made "snag resistant" and are the EXTREMELY effective when used under a "sliding cork" ...See the video


The Barefoot Jumpin' Jig


In addition to trout, drum and flounder... snook and tarpon are the perfect quary for the soft plactic shrimp and minnow immitations on the Jumpin' Jig...Not to mention smallmouth bass like this giant shown in the photo

....See vieo 


Squid Decoy Jigs... 12 and 8 oz.


The 8 oz.(top) and the 12 oz. (bottom) Squid Decoy Jigs are made to fish the bottom while drifting or anchored. The (heavy duty) 10/0 circle hooks are good to go for anything that may bite, from large grouper and AJ's offshore to halibut and giant stripers in the race ... come one, come all !!!

Can be modified with J Hooks also

Crab Decoy Jigs...4 oz.


Even though these jigs are not (currently) legal for offshore bottom fishing along the east coast and gulf coast, many anglers are ordering these to fish for striped bass, nearshore drum, snook, grouper and west coast bottom fish.



"Nothing ever caught the gags any better for me....PERIOD"

John "Barry" Bobbitt

Squid Decoy Jig


The Squid Decoy Jig looks like a squid that has caught a minnow or another squid (your bait) and eating it.

It's the weight and the bait, all in one, and a "decoy" of what is really happening.

Tim Barefoot with a nice gag


Back in the day.....when it was legal to use J hooks, NOTHING outfished the Crab Decoy Jig for gags. 

Like this 35 lb. gag in 72 ft. of water off Wrightsville Beach, NC

...See vieo 




The new (All Tackle) World Record Scamp caught  by Theodore (Teddy) Wingfiield on the 12 oz.  Squid Decoy Jig...Nuff said !!!

Teddy was fishing with Capt. Daniel Brisson on the charter boat Sunrise II out of Morehead City, NC on June 02, 2016   32 lb. 0 oz.

From striped bass in the rips of New England to deep water scamps, EVERYTHING eats a squid  holding onto a live or frozen bait down deep!

Not just another pretty bait...

NOTHING swims a ballyhoo better than a Chin Weight


A perfect swimming bait gets the bite!

This 76lb. wahoo ate a naked hoo and the stinger hook made this photo possible

...See video 



Big scamps love a Decoy Jig/bait combo drifing barely overhead in the deeper water

This one came out of 225 ft. with a frozen cigar minnow on a 12 oz. Squid Decoy.

Getting it done!


There's only so much time in any offshore fishing day... don't go half cocked, fish the best for real results. BIG scamps didn't get big by being idiots... This one bit a Decoy Jig/live bait combo



This one is like hundreds of other nice ones... Back before the circle hook law, the Crab Decoy Jig made it happen !

Proven Effectiveness


We've been doing the research for you for the last decade. No more "testing" required...

The results are in, and the Decoy Jig has a proven track record

Completely Fooled


The larger ( older/wiser ) fish are fooled by the "cleaner" tackle and bait presentation with the Decoy Jig. Younger (less experienced) fish will bite most baits, but the big boys are picky... The Decoy Jig puts 'em in the box.

Rigging a ballyhoo on a Circle Hook Chin Weight

"This is so simple, even I can do it" 

Quote: Tim Barefoot

This video demonstrates how easy it is to rig a perfectly swimming ballyhoo on a Circle Hook Chin Weight

"Plug and Play" ballyhoo 

Rigging Barefoot Jigs and Chin Weights

Video made years ago showing rigging tips for most of our tackle. With the exception of the cable stinger hook connection, this is still accurate information.

NC gag grouper fishing with the Decoy Jig

Gag grouper fishing with Capt. Joe Hifko

Chin Weight Catfish

7/0 Circle Hook Chin Weight Catfish

Making The Double Tackle

Double Tackle Construction


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