Do you love big bluegill?
I've seen darts on ebay for $10 per 100, in the 1/32 and 1/16 oz sizes. Keep in mind those are unpainted. I dont know if this is a good price or not. Obviously they are powder coated, so that matters. I dont really care if mine are durable, since I paint my own anyway.
Ive never had any of the shad type jigheads and am not really sure what their benefit is. I guess they "dart" around with that beveled front end, thus the name.
So theyre garage made. The maker is a dippin' fella, for sure. All that dippin and drying and waiting and racking and production - well, that explains the price. I've tried making them en masse, and it aint my thing for sure. I don't mind 10 or 20 at a time, but I wouldn't want to justify doing a gazillion of them. Enough coats of the right paint will make them pretty tuff, thats for sure.
Im curious to know what YOU think of their action in the water, though. Thats the real deal, aint it? Im thinking the angled face gives them lift on the retrieve, with a sudden fall on the slack. Please let us know what you think of them, okay?
I have been using shad darts for about 45 years here in Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic waters. Although many jig styles come and go, few can match the fish catching ability of the darts. I do beleive that the beveled, cone shaped head does act differently in the water than other jig styles...primarily I believe they tend to ride higher in the water column than a ballhead of the same weight due to their configuration.
Few fish can resist a well placed dart. Besides shad, I have caught gills, crappie, white perch, yellow perch, pickerel, carp, catfish, large and smallmouth bass, herring and suckers on them. I tie them down to 1/80 th oz for gills and use 1/8 oz primarily for the shad gig.