Over the past decade, we’ve been requested to stock this West Coast staple, a multi-generation producer of effective “iron” in the West Coast tradition. Salas invented, perfected several shapes of jigs that are classics, and they can be found in the tackle boxes of any experienced fisherman out here in California. Let’s just say, Salas is a basic part of our fishing culture here and a product line that is universally recommended by the long range fleet, just as Tady Jigs are well supported within the community. (Pictured right, Salas 7, 6X and 6X Jr. – left to right). Salas and Tady are the standards out here in SoCal, and I doubt you’ll find any saltwater fisherman who does not own at least 20 jigs from each of these two firms. We own ’em and we fish ’em…often. While these have been West Coast standards, I have clients on the East Coast who also make great use of these lures. For a few of our charter guys, these are their “secret” weapons for when the fishing gets tough. The surface lures do great things on stripers, and no doubt the big iron in white will produce tuna for you just like they do for us. Amberjacks? Well if our yellowtail eat ’em like candy you can assume their cousins will too…and they do.
Salas makes a wide range of “iron” but they are most commonly associated with our “heavy iron.” (The 7 being the exception). Their products are all hand made, hand painted, typically sand cast, and very effective lures for yellowtail and many other species of fish. You could say that they’re the definitive heavy iron. Salas and Tady are the standards, and in all honesty I don’t think you’ll find a SoCal angler that doesn’t own at least 20 of each manufacturers iron…and we fish ’em. often..
One point I should mention, please do understand clearly that these jigs are not being made in China as many others are (Tady, Sumo…). These are hand made here by Matt Salas. Do not expect perfection on the paint job or the rings. They are made to catch fish, not look pretty. The cosmetics are secondary, their effectiveness is legendary.- Mark