Fresh Tackle Ideas for Saltwater & Salty Tackle Ideas for Freshwater
As a commercial fisherman, I've gutted thousands of grouper. The little red crab was a common denominator of gags and reds -THEY LOVE THEM! The other bait I frequently found in their stomachs was the grass grunt, aka tomate. These two baits together look like a “happy meal” to the gags and reds. Scamps don’t like the grass grunt as much, but they all are idiots for the cigar minnow combo.
Live baits like jigged-up cigar minnows are candy for grouper, while squid and cut baits will fill the box with big black bass, triggerfish, and various other bottom-hugging species. If you have never tried Tim Barefoot’s Decoy Jig, just bait one up and give it a try - you will be the one that gets hooked in the end! Big grouper love ’em!!!
Our fishing hooks and tackle products were created from experience and need. We've been fishing since early childhood and paying attention to detail.
We create unique circle and J hooks, decoy jigs, rigs, and proven techniques that get bites from freshwater farm ponds, rivers, and streams to the nearshore/offshore.
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 the Barefoot Circle Hook Chin Weights that safely and securely hook fish for a healthy release.
It's not just about the jigs and tackle. It's about giving anyone the ability to catch the larger (wiser) fish and catch the higher quality of good fish. We want to share our knowledge, thru the vehicle of video(s), about how to make this tackle work best. For example, the Barefoot Jig fishes any soft plastic under a popping cork far superior to any other jighead because it keeps the (soft plastics) horizontal and jumping from side to side with its built-in action.
UNLIKE ANY OTHER JIG HEAD!!!
J Hook Chin Weights stand out because:
Please note: The above J Hook Chin Weight is shown (rigged) with a cable stinger hook and copper wire, but are not sold rigged.
Barefoot's Circle Hook Chin Weights have applications in all types of fresh and saltwater fishing, from white marlin to bass, bream to catfish, and everything in between.
Please note: As shown above, the hook is snelled but are not sold snelled.
This is the ONLY jig on the market that makes your soft plastics 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 popping cork and "jump" when twitched with the rod tip.
Just one example of how the Barefoot J Hook Chin Weight swims ballyhoo and how effective the stinger is... Here is a beautiful wahoo that was fooled on naked ballyhoo and fluorocarbon.
The Barefoot J Hook Chin Weight is easy to rig and has real lifelike movement.
Barefoot's Circle Hook Chin Weights are perfect white marlin, but that's not all!
Several other species include drums, snook, striper, and grouper in SALTWATER... to bass, catfish, and striper in FRESHWATER, as they have custom made jawbones for using the Circle Hook Chin Weight.
These jigs can easily be made "snag resistant" and are EXTREMELY effective when used under a sliding cork.
In addition to trout, drum, and flounder...
Snook and tarpon are the perfect quarries for the soft plastic shrimp and minnow imitations on the Barefoot Jig...
Not to mention smallmouth bass like this GIANT shown in the photo.
Barefoot 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!!!
Even though the 4oz. Barefoot Jig is not currently legal for offshore bottom fishing both east and gulf coastal anglers are ordering these to fish for striped bass, nearshore drum, snook, grouper, and west coast bottom fish.
Barefoot's Crab Decoy Jig Works on Gags
"Nothing ever caught the gags any better for me...PERIOD"
John "Barry" Bobbitt
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, that makes a DECOY of what is really happening.
Back in the day... when it was legal to use J hooks, NOTHING outfished the Barefoot Crab Decoy Jig for gags. Like this 35 lb. gag found in 72 ft. of water off the Wrightsville Beach, on North Carolina's coast.
The new (All-Tackle) World Record Scamp was caught by Theodore (Teddy) Wingfield while using the 12 oz. Squid Decoy Jig... 'Nuff said !!!
On June 2, 2016, while fishing with Captain Daniel Brisson on the charter boat Sunrise II out of Morehead City, Teddy caught this
32 lb. 0 oz. Scamp.
This video, made years ago, shows rigging tips for most of our tackle. Except for the cable stinger hook connection, this is still accurate information.
Easiest rigging possible for squid. Plug and play, easy as hooking it in the mantle, toss it overboard, and it swims perfectly. EVERYTHING eats a squid! Great for work well for bottom fishing, trolling, and deep-dropping fishing.
Featured on Bay Hill Seafood Sales - Buy Argentine Squid for your J Hook Chin Weight Rig.
Gag Grouper Fishing with Capt. Joe Hifko
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