Charlie Brewer's Slider Heads - Spider
Good Product--Instant Hits
IThe product is fine if I could only get the right size.
August 27, 2012
Setting the record straight
I just want to set the record straight for anyone scared off by Jig4Bass's negative review. I personally fish with these and love them for their intended use.
The original slider heads were not designed to be fished on "normal" bass tackle. Lots of people all over the web, make strongly worded arguments against the light wire slider hooks because they "straighten out on big fish." This is an affront to Charlie's legacy. These heads were/are designed to be fished on 4 and 6 lb. monofilament (which stretches) on L action rods, which cushion the light line and light wire hook. The wire is thin to allow hooksets through plastic with those light monofilament lines.
Of course these hooks straighten out on a 6'6" M action rod with 8 or 10 lb. test and a 5 lber on the line. The rod, line, knot, hook is a chain. The lightest link will break first. If you were fishing for kingfish with 60 lb. braid, a 3X circle hook, and a M action bass rod, the rod would break because it is not designed to do that. It is the weakest link. The redesigned heavy hook sliders were made to accomodate people who were fishing slider techniques on heavier tackle, but you can see MANY photos on the web of Brewer or Brewer Jr. or Ray Scott with fish way over 5 lbs. caught on the original slider heads, fished properly with L action rods and light line. In fact, Scott held the 4lb. line class record for bass at one time, caught on one of these heads and it weighed over 7 pounds.
You're going to lose some fish to line breakage even with proper light slider tackle, but in that case, the line is the weak link, not the hook (or the angler is, you choose), and that's how its designed to be. As Brewer said in his video and book-- "It's sporting tackle, not horsing tackle." I personally enjoy the fun of very light tackle bass fishing, and have caught some big fish doing it. I've also lost some big fish, but that's part of what makes it fun-- its a challenge.
P.S. Also, the BPS Crappie Maxx rod in 6'6" L makes a great rod for this technique.
August 6, 2012
Spider head change
I have used these for many years but not happy with the recent change in the head weight. The new head design is larger for each size (1/16, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4).
The 1/8 is now larger (heavier) than the 3/16 used to be so be very careful how you order. Also less room at the top of the hook to secure the head of a worm or grub. This used to be 5 stars for me.
June 23, 2011
best of it's kind on the market. would like to see a longer shank hook . distance to short between weight and bend for larger and softer worms. SENKO style for example.
January 10, 2011