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Pepper Custom Baits: Pepper Custom Baits out of Colorado has been making quality jigs and spinnerbaits for a number of years and their product is another favorite among tournament anglers out west. We take a look at their "Original Pepper Jig", an arkie style jig that can be flipped, pitched, and swum.

Introducing Pepper Jig's Original and Flippin Jig

Original Pepper Jig Specifications

Type Arkie Jig
Skirt Living Rubber or Silicone (wire tie)
Sizes 1/4 oz, 3/8 oz, 1/2 oz
Colors/Patterns 10 Living Rubber, 54 Silicone
Hook 4/0 Gamakatsu Flipping Hook
MSRP $3.49

The Skirt: The original Pepper Jig is somewhat unique in that it is offered with both a silicone skirt and a living rubber skirt. The skirts are fastened with a thin wire tie and offered in roughly ten living rubber colors and over fifty silicone skirt combinations.

The Original Pepper Jig is a modified arkie head with two red eyeballs painted on the head...

The Hook: Pepper Custom Baits builds all their product around Gamakatsu brand hooks. The Original Pepper Jig features a heavy duty 4/0 Gamakatsu that's held up just fine for us.

... and a stout, 4/0 Gamakatsu Flipping Hook.

Head & Line Tie: The line ties on all our Pepper Jigs were clean and clear right out of the package. They are positioned like a typical arkie style jig making them suitable for flipping and hopping around rocks. The arkie head is a good general purpose jig head customized with a subtle raised area under each painted eye.

A quick look at their Flipping jig.

Durability: We're uncertain as to the finishing process on the Pepper Jigs, but they've survived several fishing trips as well as repeated sidewalk torture tests. The paint on these heads is not only well executed, but it is durable. We've experienced no premature wear on the skirts or their ties.

Featuring a wide gap hook and more aggressive bait keeper.

Availability: Pepper Custom Baits products are available through both TackleWarehouse and MonsterFishingTackle.com, but also direct through the company's website at pepperjigs dot com.


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Original Pepper Jig Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very refined jig 8.5
Performance Typical of an arkie style jig, the Original does everything 8
Price A good average 7
Features Quality paint on the head and the option of silicone or rubber skirt 7
Design (Ergonomics) Nice detailing on the head for just a little difference from the status quoe 7.5
Application Again, a very good general use jig 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:



J Another quality jig L Packaged pretty simply with no rattles
J Good, sharp hook  
J Durable finish on head  
J Nice to be able and get the same style jig in rubber or silicone  

Pepper Custom Jigs are another quality option.

Effectiveness: The Original Pepper Jig is the product that started it all for this company and we can see why. This is a very nice and refined jig with just enough quality touches to make you appreciate the effort that went into tying each jig. The paint on the head is very durable and the addition of the molded eyes on the head are a detail we can really appreciate. Flipped or pitched into cover, or hopped along a rocky bottom, the Original Pepper Jig is a worthwhile investment.


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