Rodstrainer Flippin' - Pitchin' Jig 3/8 - 1/2 ozRODSTRAINER
is the product of a small company based in Campbell, California. Owner
Dink Mendez is a well respected, local, pro-angler offering perhaps the
most popular jig product made in this part of the country. Interestingly
enough, despite their wide popularity out West, RODSTRAINER jigs are
not often discussed in other parts country perhaps due to their limited
Dink Mendez is a bass fisherman from way
back ... way, way back. As a tournament fisherman, he wanted his
tackle, and especially lures, to hold up to the stresses and strains
that define the sport. When, with every cast a win may be on the line,
he needed his lures, especially the jigs he loved using, to stay
together and not fall apart. Not finding what he felt met his high
standards, Dink did what others have done in his situation. He started
his own company.
His jigs are still tied one at a time, by hand,
just as they were when Dink first started the company. "There's simply
no other way to produce a jig that will hold together," opines Dink,
"I've seen too many other jigs, using other methods of holding a skirt
on, fall apart after being flipped and pitched into the nasty spots."
of his vast experience on the tournament trail and his meticulous
attention to detail, his RODSTRAINER jigs have grown to be the number
one jig used by western bass fisherman, pro and amateur alike.
carry two models of several jigs Dink has to offer. One is the
"Flippin'-pitchin' jig", and the other model is the "Dinkster jig".
Flippin'-pitchin' jig utilizes the proven "Arky" head design with stiff
nylon weed guards. A dual rattle is hand tied in with his own
proprietary mixture of rubber and silicone strands. This mixture,
explained Dink, causes a very specific amount of flair while retaining
some body to the lure.
At first glance, the strands seem to be a
little longer than on many flippin' and pitchin' style jigs. This is
intentional, as it allows the fisherman to trim the strands, customizing
it to particular situations. (For instance, with long trailers like a
five inch Senko, the strands are left long. For shorter trailers like a
Sweet Beaver, the strands are sometimes trimmed back 3/4" to show off
more of the trailer.) Armed with a heavy duty Gamakatsu 5/0, the
Flippin'-pitchin' jig is ready for close quarter combat.
Dinkster jig is made with a modified Arky head of Dink's own design.
Wider and flatter than the standard Arky head, the Dinkster jig offers
more of a swimming motion than his Flippin'-pitchin' jig. Like the
Flippin'-pitchin' jig, the Dinkster jig has a weedguard of stiff nylon
fibers and is hand tied with dual rattles and Dink's proprietary mix of
rubber and silicone strands. Unlike the Flippin'-pitchin' jig, however,
the Dinkster is equipped with a 4/0 Mustad Ultra-point hook. It should
be noted that the Mustad Ultra-point hooks is shorter in length than
the Gamakatsu hook on the Flippin'-pitchin' jig.
We also carry
Dink's line of high quality spinnerbaits. Dink's spinnerbaits are
poured with a .032" wire, which allows for more vibration from the
blades. His proprietary skirting mixture of rubber and silicone strands
offer the same flairing qualities of Dink's jigs. You may also notice
the unusual "haircut" on Dink's spinnerbaits. Dink claims this allows
the skirt to shimmy more than with the usual design.
lures continue a tradition of well designed, well made lures that can
take a beating and still continue to catch fish.
We at Hi's Tackle Box use these lures extensively and are proud to offer them for sale to you.