Berkley Introduces Non-Lead Gulp! JiggHeads-newberkleyjig-jpg

The long-simmering controversy of potentially banning lead in fishing gear hasnít made many headlines lately. But itís not going away, either. There are already a few states that have banned lead sinkers below a certain size (usually meaning smaller sinkers).

I think because various angling-related lead issues have been simmering rather than boiling, many major tackle manufacturers have been slow to embrace non-lead substitutes. That in turn makes Berkleyís new non-lead Gulp! JiggHeads big news indeed. The new Minnow JiggHead, one of three styles, is shown in the above photo.

The jigs are made from what Berkley calls a Tundra composite. I donít know what that is, other than being non-lead. A Darter JiggHead style is made primarily for inshore flats fishing. The Minnow JiggHead has all the usual applications in both fresh and saltwater. And a new ďBDSĒ style has a more centered weight balance said to make baits fall more horizontally instead of nose-first as with more common jig designs. All three styles have an excellent bait-keeper molded on the hood shank.

Yes, these jigs are more expensive than common leadheads. All are priced at $4.99 for either a 2-pack (BDS style) or a 3-pack (most minnow and darter styles) in a variety of colors. Sizes range from five-eighths down to one-sixteenth-ounce. These jigheads, by the way, are sold under the Gulp! brand, but are not themselves made of Gulp! soft-bait. They are designed for fishing Gulp! baits, but should also work just fine with any common soft-plastic style.