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Darter Head

If you are interested in fishing, you will find that there are many heads available, whether they are tube heads, chunky heads or hair heads. Many people like to fish with them, and many people also prefer the darter head above any of the other heads. A good darter head darts from side to side, and passionate fishers see this as a sign of beauty that may just as well belong in a fine art museum. It is also true that many so-called darter heads do not dart either, and it is important to be aware of that.

Sometimes it looks like a darter head, and the package says that it is a darter head, but if it does not dart, then it is not really a darter head. If you want a true darter head, you must move through all the "wanna-be" darter heads until you find that one darter head that is "center-balanced". This you can see if you hang it on the line, it would hang as perfectly level as a scale. In order to get a better darting action, you may want to remove the collar behind the head and dispose of the trimmings properly. Next, take time to test swim each head weight with different brands/sizes of soft lures. You are looking for the head to create a darting action. The best test lures are single tail grubs from 3 to 5 inches. Some grub models require the tail rigged down, some up. Now you've got a true darter jig, and on a longer line hanging out below the boat, the jig will also dart and sway with some of the other lures mentioned below.

Usually a thin 6 to 8 lb. test line is required to bring out the best darting action, and loop knot darts best. You'll often need to superglue soft plastics onto center-balanced darter heads or they'll slip off. Just tie a bare head on the line with a universal knot. Do not hold it down all the way, but leave a loop. Then rig your choice of soft plastic on the collar-less hook. Secure the bait with a little shot of superglue, and also smear some glue on the loop knot to secure it too. Also, if you want to dart tube baits, you will get a far superior dart from an external rigging with glue, than internally. Keep in mind, you should use glue products accordingly with the precautions that come on the side of the package.

Firstly start with the small fish when testing out your darter head. No one can tell you exactly where to find them, unless they are in the same boat as you are. Each body of water is completely different, as is each season and each day. There is one tip that you can keep in mind - find the depth where the fish are at, then find the edge of that depth. Fish will stage on any natural boundaries as they emerge from past-winter haunts. These staging spots may be ledges, channel lips, ridges, and the far sides of flooded stump, tree or brush fields, or the deep end of a gravel bed that tops out a rise.

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