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Old 01-28-2015, 06:50 AM
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Default Replacement for Turkey Slider Jigs

For some reason River 2 Sea has stopped distributing Turkey Slider Jigs. Here in the eastern Pacific, they are the best for California yellowtail and Pacific amberjack.
Please suggest replacements in the 130 to 200 grain size.
I know there are lots of generics out there that work if the fish are hungry but I have found nothing like Turkey Sliders that work on picky fish.
Part of it is the side weighting which gives the jig a darting action and the other part is the mirrored finish, particularly in sardine which mimics our local bait fish.
Suggestions??
Old 01-28-2015, 12:03 PM
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I feared this day would come!! My favorite jig. Someone has to create a mold and start making them. Best jig ever!
Old 01-28-2015, 12:18 PM
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I'm interested to find out as well...
Old 02-01-2015, 06:46 AM
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Anybody?
Fish were biting just above a rock pinnacle last time I was out and I lost two TS jigs.
I switched to Benthos jigs and the bites dwindled to half as many.
Old 02-01-2015, 07:57 AM
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Hmmm..........I have two new ones in pkg. Silver, 4 5/8oz (130 I think). PM me if interested.
Or it looks like some retail places still have them. http://www.alltackle.com/river2sea_lures.htm
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I fish yellowtail in the Sea of Cortez and used the r2s sliders 95% of the time. People here have tried to pour them, but they are so thin that there are a lot of rejects and the halographic decals don't hold up.

We are now using the Jimmy Jigs in their place with good results and they run about the same price.These are painted with enamel and seem to last better. The 200 gr long thin Pink and glow will often times out fish the slider, side by side.

Talk to Fernando at falmada@hotmail.com as he stocks them. Here are some pics from today on fish with the slider and the Jimmy. Although very modest, this guy is one of the real experts on this subject as he has been using both as a Charter Captain for over 2 years, and he is a yellowtail magnet

http://forum.sancarlosmexico.com/forum2/13792.html
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X2 about Fernando. He is a good guy, very knowledgeable about jigging and prices his stuff fairly.
Today we ran a little experiment. Three of us were jigging for yellowtail. Bite was average but not great. I used a Williamson Benthos in sardine color. My wife used a Jimmy jig yellow and Manuel used a Turkey Slider in a funky rose chrome color. My wife and I each had 5 bites and three fish. Manuel had 4 fish and six bites. I believe he would done better with a sardine color Turkey Slider.
I think it is the side weighting making the jig dart from side to side that makes the TS so effective.
I am going to try a braid jig, they make one side weighted and some Japanese jigs. The last $25 Japanese jig I had lasted one fish before a big one took it away from me.
I need to find something that worksl when the fish are not biting all that well.
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Originally Posted by handn View Post
X2 about Fernando. He is a good guy, very knowledgeable about jigging and prices his stuff fairly.
Today we ran a little experiment. Three of us were jigging for yellowtail. Bite was average but not great. I used a Williamson Benthos in sardine color. My wife used a Jimmy jig yellow and Manuel used a Turkey Slider in a funky rose chrome color. My wife and I each had 5 bites and three fish. Manuel had 4 fish and six bites. I believe he would done better with a sardine color Turkey Slider.
I think it is the side weighting making the jig dart from side to side that makes the TS so effective.
I am going to try a braid jig, they make one side weighted and some Japanese jigs. The last $25 Japanese jig I had lasted one fish before a big one took it away from me.
I need to find something that worksl when the fish are not biting all that well.
The Jimmy is a copy of the TS, but he couldn't perfect the side weight. But they work.
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Originally Posted by ThreeLittleFish View Post
I feared this day would come!! My favorite jig. Someone has to create a mold and start making them. Best jig ever!
Since u run a charter I might need to get you a few of these to try down your way. Shoot me a pm if interested in giving them a try. I can make about any color. The glow pink and glow green have worked best here in nc .
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Today was a day when almost nothing worked but Turkey Sliders.
I was fishing with a benthos sardine. My wife was fishing with a pearl covered Turkey Slider. She had three fish in the box and all I had was a couple of bumps.
Almost as good as a Turkey Slider is the old discontinued Shimano Butterfly Jig. I switched to it and had nothing while my wife put another fish in the box. She was tired so I grabbed her Turkey Slider (our last) and got two fish in four drops.
Yellowtail are right outside of the marina and have been hammered since December.
This tells me that manufacturers' either don't know what catches fish or are trying to catch the fisherman rather than the fish.
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looks like alltackle.com still sells them. Did you try the link above?
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All tackle lists them on their website but has none for sale.
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I could probably get these added to our jig sets at www.strikertackle.com.

How strong is the demand and what sizes would everyone be interested in?
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This place on ebay has plenty of them:
http://stores.ebay.com/SportFishingq...=p4634.c0.m322
Granted, it's in Italy. Depends on how bad you want them I guess. Maybe if you contact them, they'd sell you a bunch and combine shipping. Use a credit card through paypal that doesnt charge an exchange fee, like Capital One.
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Originally Posted by Riptide31 View Post
This place on ebay has plenty of them:
http://stores.ebay.com/SportFishingq...=p4634.c0.m322
Granted, it's in Italy. Depends on how bad you want them I guess. Maybe if you contact them, they'd sell you a bunch and combine shipping. Use a credit card through paypal that doesnt charge an exchange fee, like Capital One.
The guy in Italy is wierd. Wants to severly limit how many you buy for some reason.

The demand is strong I would say. Even in this little port in Mexico, local vendors sell about 500 per season in the 170-230 gram pink and white sizes at about $10 each, retail, no hooks. I would imagine its at least 50x this in San Diego.
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If they're so popular why did R2S stop making them? Has anyone called and asked?
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Ends up being about $30 from the guy in Italy. I've got a few of them but cant say the fish here like them that much. Maybe it's the action of the jigger.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
If they're so popular why did R2S stop making them? Has anyone called and asked?
The chinese supplier to R2S will fill $2500 min orders, but it is my understanding that R2S was having QC problems with what he was sending them. The thin edges are tough to pour, and might require a centrifugal casting which is expensive.
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Originally Posted by Riptide31 View Post
Ends up being about $30 from the guy in Italy. I've got a few of them but cant say the fish here like them that much. Maybe it's the action of the jigger.

Any kind of jack,tuna, barracuda or bass usually go nuts over them. Here's a video showing the jigging action I and my buddies use. Watch the guy in the foreground.
We don't have to use fast retieve reels, but a very limber jigging rods give the lure more action on the raise, and do not tire you as the sharp edges translate to an easier reise and faster drop.

We even hooked 4 halibut, 3 marlin and a large shark on one them year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYE1-8lkUcw
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Turkey Sliders are still being manufactured by River 2 Sea just not imported to the U.S.
Wellsys Tackle in Australia has them for $12-13 U.S. depending on size. They take Visa or Master Card. The only problem is shipping to the U.S. I ordered 15 jigs and paid $100 shipping. Thus the price is about $20 a jig.
If you want some just Google Wellsys Tackle.

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