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Dice183
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:08 PM 04/26/06 (CST)
How do you fish a Jig head i cant seem to get anything on them any help plz


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:18 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
The biggest secret to learning how to fish a jig is learning to keep your rod tip high. When its nearly 90 degrees from the ground is when its the most senstive to the touch. Move the jig towards you by pulling the jig with the rod till its at 90, while at 90 let the jig fall. This is when you are going to get strikes, pay attention to bumps, watch your line, if it moves unaturally reel down fast and set the hook.

Start out with practicing that and we can get into more advanced techniques.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:36 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
Sometimes, a jighead is all I'll use. We call them BS Bottom Bouncers. Can be very effective when bouncing off rock bottoms. Can snag a lot too. I tip it with a leech or minnow, cast it out over an edge and bounce it either up or down the edge, depending on where the boat is located. Sometimes, I'll drift over a rockpile and keep the tip up and bounce it off the rocks. If you ever get a chance, sit off the edge of a dock and put a leech on and dump it in the water where you can see it. Now bounce it off the bottom. You can see the action and how to use your rod tip to get it to do what you want it to.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:52 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
I guess the first reply confused my a little. What is meant by 90 degrees from the ground? To me that would mean your pole is straight up in the air creating a 90 degree angle between the rod and the ground.

Personally I don't jig with my pole straight up.

When jigging I usually tip a 1/4 ounce jig head with a fat head minnow. I put the hook in the mouth, bring it out the gill and then hook it into the stomach. Rarely lose your minnow that way.

Next i will either drop the jig straight down the side of the boat if I am over fish. Or I will cast it out a little ways and walk it back to the boat. When you cast it out let the jig hit the bottom, you will feel it if you have a sensitive enough rod. I hold the rod so the angle between it and the water is about 45 degrees. then I lift the rod a foot or two and then drop it back down. Try to let the jig fall so that you keep your line tight when its falling most hits will come on the downward motion.

When you feel the tapping set the hook and reel it in. Once you catch one fish its an easy technique to repeat.

It will out fish a bobber 5-1 usually.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:17 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
What Webdude said,ditto. I used to tip a 1/4 oz. with a frog or leech or fathead minnow & toss it into the eddy .Let it hit bottom,then lift & drop it again. You will feel a single tap with a walleye. Rear back & he is yours. You can troll it or cast and reel. The trick is to make contact or be close to the bottom for walleyes.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:57 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
Total agreement on what Webdude and Crappie Keith posted.

A jig is a lure with multiple effective retreives. The ones previously posted are excellent. However, many more exist. For example, put a small 1-2 inch curly tail plastic grub on a jighead and you can count it down to a depth that fish are suspended at, reel it back through the school, and BANG fish on--deadly on suspended fish.

There are some good specialty jigheads out there as well. The timber and grass jigs have worked well for me. The "slo-poke" jig has proved deadly on grass holding walleye and smallmouth. Northlands whistler jig heads have a propeller above the hook shank and are excellent in a river held directly below the boat in a school of walleye as the current spins the blade and wiggles the minnow. Lipstick style jigheads stand a bait on its nose making it go almost horizontal from the bottom--a new wrinkle many fish have not seen. A large head (say 1/2 to 1 ounce) tipped with a 5 or 6 inch chub worked on a deep weedline or weed wall adjacent to deep water is a major high percentage play for pike or muskie. A big jighead with a 6-8 inch reaper tail (or chub) on deep weed edges is maybe the best percentage post cold front option out there muskies. Then there are the largemouth options ,which are normally a skirted jig with a pork or plastic trailer--the famous "jig-n-pig". That is crawled or bounced slowly along bottom to imitate a crawdad (crayfish for those of you in Rio Lindo : )). Although some bass tournaments have recently revealed good cathes with the jig-n-pig being swimmed back to the boat like a crank bait. Evidently a new look the fish had not seen before.

A little used, but often good choice in summer is the addition of a small spinner to the head of the jig. The ones that are L shaped. Some may recall a lure called the beetle spin. In essence a very tiny spinnerbait. These can be excellent. The jighead can be tipped with a small shad body, curly tail, beetle, live bait, etc. It gives a whole new flash and appeal to the jig. Excellent under some conditions.


The jig is SO VERSATILE--it can be tipped crawlers, minnows, leeches, etc. or used with plastic shad or curly tails, used as a swim bait through suspended fish, banged on a rock pile as a crawdad, or allowed to settle into an eddie for walleye. It will catch virtually every species that swims. The tips and dressings are almost limitless as well.


As a general rule use the smallest jighead that conditions will allow. Esox species obviously require bigger jigs with a leader--but other species do not. A 1/16 and even 1/32 oz. jighead are excellent if wind/weather conditions allow the use of it. It also has the added benefit of forcing you to fish more slowly and deliberately to keep contact with bottom structure. The bait will also then fall more slowly and therefore keep the bait in the strike zone for a longer period of time.

If you want some things to take a look at there are also several good video sources to consider. Offhand I can think of a Babe Winkleman video that does a good job of instucing basic jig use for walleye and Infisherman has one called The Worlds Greatest Walleye Lure (I think that is the name...been a few years). I am sure there are many others as well.

Obviously I love jigs---most versatile lure in the box. Master the use of it and you will rarely have a fishless day.

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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:19 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
If you look at my fishing log The Fisher is right on the money.
There are so many ways that really are effective and rarely a day goes by were I get skunked.
I enjoy the fact that the are cheap too.So when I'm in the snag infested waters loaded with walleyes I am not loosing 5$ rapalas.

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:43 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
As mentioned there are a ton of ways to use a jig. Varying sizes, color, retrives. If them in weeds, or logs, bang them on rocks, pound the mud, pull them through suspended fish possibilities are endless.
Then you got jigging spoons and stuff like that.

My favorite technique is the one I previously posted but don't get locked into one way of doing it, variety is the spice of life.

The one thing that i do like to do every time is use jigs with red hooks. Fishing 2 jigs side by side with the same color and meat, one with red hook and the other with plain gray. The red seems to out fish the plain color by far. Aynone else notice this?

Also has anyone used the Angel Eye jig by Scenic Tackle? heard lots of good stuff about them. They have a great looking prisim eye on them and they come with red hooks. I have heard good things from Fishing Minnesota but Scenic tackle is a sponsor and I am not sure if the recommendations are real or just to please a sponsor.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 11:20 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
I've been using the jig heads by whoever and they do not do any better than any other head. It is all marketing. I make my own now & I still get all of the action I can handle.
Why pay 5 bucks for 2 heads and 3 bodies when you can get 10 bodies for 1.50$ and 20 jigs for 5$
I go for the bulk packs ,100 bodies for 15$ and 100 heads for 18$
So for 43$ I get 500-1000 walleyes,100 northerns and a mixed bag of all the other spieces out there in our lakes.The heads will last 3 years,but the bodies will all get burned up each season.

Just like my hair jig,NO MEAT REQUIRED.

Fish on
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 11:31 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
I was thinking of picking some Scenic tackle jigs up. I think they are $12 for 18 jigs so not super expensive.

Normally I use Northland jigs and have done well. I just like that eye the Angel eyes have.


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