August 13, 2020
By Ned Kehde
Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle introduced their Trokar Tungsten Pro-V Finesse Jig to the angling world at the 2019 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show. And straightaway, it caught the eyes of a goodly number of Midwest finesse anglers.
At the behest of one of these anglers, we contacted Wandee Kirkland of Denver who is the Product Manager at Wright & McGill Co. and Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, and Mike Chaney of Denver who is the Logistics Manager at Wright & McGill Co. and Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle. And they sent us some 1/15-ounce Trokar Tungsten Pro-V Finesse Jigs to work with, examine, and write a Midwest Finesse gear guide about them.
Here is what we discovered about this jig.
It is endowed with a mushroom-style head that is made with 97 percent pure tungsten rather than lead. Thus, it is smaller than a head made of lead. The diameter of this head is a quarter of an inch with a circumference of three-quarters of an inch and a thickness of one-eighth of an inch.
It is interesting to note that Midwest finesse anglers have discovered across the years that a jig with a small diameter and circumference is less likely to become snagged in the crevices between rocks and boulders when these anglers are employing a drag-and-shake presentation or a drag-and-deadstick presentation.
The 1 /15-ounce Trokar Tungsten Pro-V Finesse Jig is endowed with a size number one Trokar hook, which is lauded as a state-of-the-art hook that is graced with what is called a “surgically sharpened technology.” According to the folks at Eagle Claw, this technology “creates a precision ground, triple-sided point,” and the sharpness of this hook allows it to have “faster, surer penetration with half as much force as” other hooks.
The distance from the tip of the head to the apex of the bend of the number one hook is 1 1/4 inches. The eye of the hook extends three-sixteenths of an inch above the top edge of the tungsten head.
In the vernacular of some Midwest finesse anglers, The Pro-V shape of this hook is called a sickle-style hook.
The gap of this hook, which is the distance between the point of the hook, is seven-sixteenths of an inch.
A bait keeper is situated on the shank of the hook. It is made of hard and molded plastic that possesses two reversed barbs. It is three-eighths of an inch long with a circumference of seven-sixteenths of an inch at front barb. The front end of the keeper lies a three-sixteenths of an inch from the back of the flat tungsten head, and the back end of the keeper lies a half of an inch from the apex of the bend of the hook. This double-barbed bait keeper was designed to hold soft-plastic baits more firmly in place than traditional bait keepers are able to accomplish.
Eagle Claw also manufactures a Trokar Tungsten Pro-V Finesse Jig with a braided-wire weed guard, which is an inch long and slightly less than one millimeter thick. The braided wire is very flexible. It radiates from the back of the head, directly below the eye of the hook, and about one-sixteenth of an inch below the top edge of the tungsten head. It extends to about five-sixteenths of an inch past the point of the hook, and it has about a 45-degree angle from the shank of the hook.
It is manufactured in the following hues: Black, Chartreuse, Green Pumpkin Red Flake, and Pearl.
A package of two 1/15-ounce Tungsten Pro-V Finesse Jigs costs $5.99. They are also manufactured in 1/10- ounce and 1/5-ounce models.
A package of two weedless 1/15-ounce Tungsten Pro-V Finesse Jigs costs $6.99. The weedless Tungsten Pro-V Finesse Jig is also made in a 1/5-ounce model.
- Here is a link to Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle’s website: https://www.eagleclaw.com/tknj-tknjw-tungsten-pro-v-finesse-jig.
- Eagle Claw also manufactures a similar jig that is called the Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Pro-V Finesse Jig. Here is a link to a Midwest Finesse gear guide about it: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/eagle-claw-fishing-tackles-lazer-sharp-prov-finesse-jig/372787.
- Here is a YouTube video featuring Skeet Reese of Auburn, California, and his insight about the Trokar Tungsten Pro-V Finesse Jig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvhe34QSyoE.
- We noted above that the size of the Lazer Sharp Pro-V Finesse Jig’s head is small enough that it will not readily become snagged in the crevices between rocks and boulders when Midwest finesse anglers are employing a drag-and-shake presentation or a drag-and-deadstick presentation. But there will be times and locales when Midwest finesse anglers will encounter some rock- and boulder-cluttered underwater terrains that no 1/16-ounce jig can be methodically dragged across without becoming snagged. Therefore, at these snag-infested locales, these anglers will have to employ the swim-glide-and-shake presentation or the swim-glide-and-no-shake presentation, which allows the jig rig to swim and glide three to 12 inches above the rocks and boulders.
- For more information about how, when, and where to employ the six standard Midwest finesse retrieves, please read this Midwest Finesse column at this link: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/six-midwest-finesse-retrieves/153946.