Save your Fine Rubber Jigs

28 05 2011

The Savior to Rubber Jig fishermen everywhere.

If you are a fan of fishing with Fine Rubber bass jigs, an accessory that is an absolute must have is the new Zappu Special Rubber Conditioner. Living Rubber jigs are becoming very popular in the US, but in Japan they have been fishing with Fine Rubber jigs for a long time. The major problem with this Fine rubber material is that it is super soft and will melt easily. The Living Rubber will sometimes have a chemical reaction with the contact of other harsher materials (lead, plastic worms, ect.), or if you leave these jigs in the sun to long they will molt together. This creates a giant mess, not to mention the fact that these hand tied jigs cost over 6 dollars. To prevent this problem, one of the leading Japanese fishing companies ZAPPU, created a liquid that protects the jig and prevents this mess from happening. Personally, I have not noticed that using the Zappu Special Rubber conditioner repels the fish from holding onto the bait. Short strikes are not an issue, being as the rubber absorbs the product right away. So if you have invested money in these fancy Japanese Fine Rubber Jigs I would suggest making the small purchase of the special rubber conditioner. You can find it at Lees Global Tackle under the Fishing Accessories category.

Deps Head Lock Fine Rubber Jig

O.S.P. Three Hunts Fine Rubber Jig

Spring Time Order

2 05 2011

Imakatsu Hairy Chunk

Hello Fishermen,

Everyone has heard about the recent tragedy and crisis in Japan, and since all of our tackle comes direct from Japan we haven’t been able to obtain any new stock.  That is until now, just this week we got our big spring order.  Some of the baits we got are new to the site, and some of those baits are the: Megabass Bottle Shrimp, Ja-Do Jaco Bee, Imakatsu Action Gala, and Bait Breath BYU Chunk.  We also restocked on a bunch of baits we were out of like the: Evergreen Buzzer Beater, OSP Do Live Stick, OSP Do Live Craw, and Imakatsu Hairy Chunks.

Our connections in Japan were hit hard with the earthquake’s and the Japanese Manufactures are dealing with rolling blackouts which hurts productivity.  This is why stock is going to be hard to come by over the next year, so please be patient with us when we run out of baits.

Also for the fans of Nories, we were able to get a ton of stock from Nories and hopefully I will have this up this week.  I hope all of you “Warriors of the fin” are having great success in your fishing this year.  I know we are.

Tight Lines,


Sasuteki Weight / Sasuteki Craw / Choverig

11 03 2011

New Order

11 03 2011

Good Day JDM fans,

Just put a few new items up on the site.  By popular demand we brought in all the new size Zappu Sasuteki Weights.  We now have 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/4, and 1 1/2 oz sasuteki weights.  We were also able to get the Zappu Choverig Fish scent, its hard to find and I kind of hid it on the site, because its a hot commodity so good luck trying to find it.  Some things we have worked out is an easier checkout process so you don’t have to leave the product page every time you enter a product in the cart.  What I did is make a window pop up and you will have the choice of continuing shopping or checking out.  Make sure your pop up blocker is off.  I also want to let everyone know that we offer free shipping on orders over $99, which means if your order is around $90 just add a couple more items instead of paying for $12 worth of shipping costs.  We are trying to work with Fed Ex to lower the Shipping cost for the summer, but with almost 4 bucks a gallon around the corner we might be out of luck.  Well there will be more products to come soon so Please Check back often and feel free to subscribe to the blog to get the latest updates.


Fish On,

Weestraw Sagartz

Springtime is almost here!!!

14 02 2011

Hello JDM Fanatics,

After a recent Blizzard we are finally having a nice melt off in northern Illinois, and I don’t know about you, but I am definitely in the mood for some open water bass fishing.  All of our lakes are still frozen, but hopefully it won’t be long before we get a nice thaw and spring will finally show up.  Here at Lee’s we have been trying to get stocked up for the spring and the spring fishing show at the shop.  Last week we got a couple of our big import orders that I will share with you.

A new hit lure has been the Jackall Bros. I Shad, which has been a Japan Only lure until 2011.  Jackall US introduced the 4.8 in version for the 2011 fishing season, but for you lucky few we have been able to obtain the 3.8 inch and 5.8 inch versions.  If you are not familiar with the I Shad it is part of the I Motion line of baits, and you really need to check out this new technique.  How many times have you reeled in a drop shot or Texas rig worm for a new cast, and found several bass chasing the bait to the boat or shore?  Well basically, the I motion retrieve is pretty much a cast out the bait and retrieve at a super slow pace.  Now I am talking about a super slow retrieve, you almost have to put one finger on the handle to push it at a slower pace.  The I shad and Sierra Minnow will give off tiny vibrations during this retrieve that make it look like a non threatened minnow just out for a Sunday morning swim.  Jackall specially made a series of Nose Jigs, that perfectly balance the I shad.  I try to get away with the lightest weight possible, but there are heavier weights for those windier days.  I will also use 5 lb test Toray super finesse fluorocarbon line for the I shad, and as far as rods go you will want a 6 ft. fast tip spinning rod.   This is a great new way to fish when the conditions are tough and the pressure is high.

Another new bait that we were able to bring in from Jackall Japan is the 3 in. Ammonite shad.  I have been fishing this small swim grub for a couple years now and have found it great in stained water and small river conditions.  I will usually pair it up with a Zappu Mustang Head 1/8oz. and fish it on 6lb. line.  The unique swimming action that the ammonite shad has is that the tail will make a complete circular motion while the bait does not roll.  Jackall US is also introducing this bait to the US in 2011, but like the I shad they are only bring over the 4.8 in. and not the 3 in.  Something that most people don’t know is that the Japan Only versions have been packed with natural shrimp flavor which in my opinion is a huge advantage over the normal Jackall soft plastic baits.

As the summer goes, we are going to try to bring you “on the water” video of these newer techniques and lures that are being produced in Japan.  As much as I try to update the Blog, Facebook has been a great way to keep all of our fans up to date on everything that is going on.  Also anyone that is going to be in the Chicago land area in early April we are going to have our fishing show at the shop in Elk Grove, dates will be posted on the site soon.  Well I hope to see most of you soon at the shop, and for everyone else stay tuned for more great baits and information.

Tight Lines,

Pete Sagartz

Click Here for a list of our newest lures.


16 12 2010

Well, I would like to thank our customers for having incredible patience with us.  Trying to get lures imported is like pulling teeth with all the terrorism happening in today’s world.   Below I will list our new baits with click over pictures.  Please enjoy, these were hard to come by baits.


Jackall Seira Minnow 80 S

Jackall Bling 55

Jackall TN50 Lipless JAPAN ONLY  (great for pond fishermen)

Deps Deathadder Twin-Tail Grub 4.5 in.

Deps BM-Hog 5 in.

Zappu P.D. Chopper Jig (SICK AS HECK)

And Many More Click Here.


Stay Tuned fans,



Our New Shipment is on its way

18 11 2010

First of all I would like to thank all of our customers who have been very patient with us getting the next few orders in from Japan.  We are still trying to get the Do-Live Craws in larger quantities, but they are just too hard to come by.  This order will be in this weekend, and it should be up on the site by Monday, but you can email us at to be put on a mass email list so you will be the first to see it when the new products are up.  I do not know what sizes or colors are coming in but here is the list:

24 Packs Deps BM Hogs
36 Packs Deps Deathadder Twin Tail Grubs
36 Deps Prop Jigs
24 Gamakatsu Arky Jigs
14 Packs OSP Do-Live Craws 4″ or 5″
16 Jackall TN 50 Japan Only Colors
12 Megabass Trickdarters Japan Only Colors
12 Packs Zappu Sasuteki Craw Weights.
Stay tuned
12 Zappu Sasuteki Craw Weights.