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Fishin' Tipster Takes A Look
Every so often, an aspiring entrepreneur sends us a new fishing/outdoors product to look over. The latest came from Dean Teegarden and his company, WiggleFin, Inc. Take a look at the drawing.
||WiggleFin action discs work great for giving soft plastic bass jigs lifelike swimming action. For best results use a tiny split shot a few inches in front of the disc to keep it from riding up the line during the casts.
Top water bass fishing is perfect for WigglerFin Action Discs. You get "blurp" and splash from a popper combined with the wiggle action of a cran bait. A surgeons knot with short unclipped tags a few inches iin front of the disc acts as a stopper.
The ultimate addition to all your worm fishing. On a Texas Rig the weight slides and "clacks" against the disc. Adds incredible vibration and wiggle action with a quick jerk of the rod, yet won't interfere with finesse fishing.
That small circular gadget shown at the front of each lure type is a 'WiggleFin'. It is a plastic disk, which has a concave face and a convex rear. The basic style we received is a clear plastic version. But, the device is also available in a multitude of colors. The face is just slightly smaller than a nickel. It is very thin, but firm. On the convex (rear) side, there is a small protrusion that acts as a standoff arm to keep the lure and the WiggleFin slightly separated. There is a hole through the protrusion for the line.
By rigging certain lures (re: the drawings), the concept is that the concave face of the WiggleFin will create an erratic resistance to the water during the retrieve and will cause the lure to wiggle. The standoff arm is important because it provides a sort of 'lever-arm' action to enhance the wiggle effect and allows the face of the device to move within an arc.
We tried the lure in our swimming pool and found that it does, in fact, do what it claims. None of the jigs or worms rigged with the WiggleFin would retrieve in a straight line. The action was pretty neat. If it is some action you (or, the fish) want, its action you get. It was especially active when used with a light crappie jig on a steady retrieve. Basically, the lighter the lure, the more effect the WiggleFin provides. Placed on the front of a floating worm, the WiggleFin did a fair imitation of a topwater popper.
We found that crimping the protrusion slightly with our pliers would crimp the line inside and hold the device against the lure during and after a cast. This caused the lure to have more moves than a Hula Dancer when it was falling to the bottom, especially if there was a small split shot to the front of it.
The only problem we found was that the hole in the protrusion is especially small and we could only get small monofilament to pass through it. (It can probably be reamed out slight with a sewing needle or a straightened paper clip wire.) Fireline and braids would not go through because of their 'fuzzed' tips. But, I suspect this is not a true problem, in that a heavy line would probably dampen, or overpower, the action of the rig.
Also, be sure not to drop any of the WiggleFins on the floor. The clear ones are nearly invisible and that protrusion can hurt a bare foot.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As Dean has aptly printed on the WiggleFin package, these items are small and constitute a choking hazard to small children. Be especially careful with the brightly colored versions that might appeal to kids.
I suspect there may be other applications for this device that just haven't been thought of. If you can visualize any, send them to us. We'll send a box of WiggleFins for each of the best five ideas received.
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