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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:38 PM 03/03/07 (CST)
This post goes to explain why I tie & use T.H.E. Jig.

As far back as I can remember I've used minnows or waxies attached
to several types of crappie or sunfish spoons,ants,tetar drop,plain hooks of all colors. Glow ,non glow you name it.
I caught fish on them all. You bet I did.
So why T.H.E. Jig?
I found a better way or better system if you will.
So here it it is,please bear with me.

Face it anyone can catch a crappie or sunfish. When they are biting of coarse.
For whatever the reason when the feed is on,it is ON. Drag just about anything and everything in front of that fish & it inhales it.
When both poles are going down at once while ice fishing,you know those days or every time you cast out from the boat and the cork hits the water
it goes under.

Now what about the days you had to go to the tiniest minnow?
They would not take anything ,but that little minnow or maybe a euro.
It was a negative day. That kind of day would send most guy's home skunked.
You had the locator.You saw the fish ,but you could not get them to bite.
I've heard you,"they raise up and will not hit it. Instead they swim back to the bottom.

So now you got a choice to make.
#1 Go home hungry
#2 Change tactics

1 out of 4 guys will go home hungry because what they are confident in is not working. They say & I've said it,they are not hungry.
A fish will feed most every day at some point in that day.
Confidense in a bait can and will make or break your day.
You have to be willing to admit that what you are doing is not working.
That admittance does not make you a poor fisherman.On the contrary.
That is what all of the pros have in common.Being able to switch tactics.
That is why they are successful. Being able to switch as the conditions change.

I met this guy who showed me a different tactic.
Time and again before I gained confidence in this system I'd get spanked fishing next to him.
It took a good year of seeing how well he did compared to my limited
success before I finally made the switch.
I did not think he was any better of a fisherman than I.Heck I logged 3 times the hours fishing than he did,but he always & I mean every time he out produce me.
I kept saying I'll get you next time.
Next time would come and go with the same result.
If I caught 30 he had 100. If I caught 10 he had 50.If I got skunked he made a meal.It never failed.
After the multiple beatings I succumbed to the admittance that what he was doing was better than what I was doing.

Fishing all winter & early spring for panfish T.H.E. Jig out preformed everything else I had tried.
My ego was on the line and it was smashed,totally obliterated .I had most assuredly hit my bottom.I felt worthless and he rubbed it in he was THE KING!
I could not offer 1 once of proof that he was wrong.How many weekends did I have to punish myself. It was a dark time for me,but then something happened that I'll never forget nor regret.
I asked him.Can I have 1 of those. He was shocked and stunned beyond belief. Sure he said.
So I took that little jig and tied it on my 6 test line under the smallest bobber I had.Weighted it so it almost sank.
I managed a few crappies that day ,but missed so many I had him laughing.

He said to me in his grandios manner,Son you need a spring.
So I had him set me up with a spring bobber.
This was way before I owned my 1st Vexilar.
We both fished blind.
We drop to the bottom .Come up a couple cranks & watch that spring. Nothing would happen so I'd reel up another crank as he did.I copied everything. He was pounding them and I was still not getting them near as fast or as much.
Then I saw him tie his jig on and he was making this loop knot so the jig would hang horizontally were as I was making a palymar. My jig hung vertical. Aha,I switched. I also started to get more fish.
Yet I was still not getting the numbers like he was.
Then I notice how straight his line was were mine had small curls in it.
I soon begun to see that I could not see the hit because those curls in my line acted like a shock absorber. So I bought some smaller diameter line that did not have that curl and I started to get more.I was going fish for fish with him.
Then he drops a bombshell on me.
Hey look at my new Vexilar FL-8.

Man,just when I was doing so well .
Now he could see the fish and he could get the jig right in front of that fish.
I was guessing,leaning over his shoulder to see where the fish were coming in at ,but he would reposition the screen out of my site.
I took that abuse for about 1 season then guess what.
Ha, Hey look at what I bought. Yup a FL-8 and you know I still struggled that year.
I had to learn what I was seeing.

Now after almost a decade of using this system without much help from him I can say I got it down.

The Vexilar made my millennium.
It shows me how aggressive they are so I know to up or downsize.
It shows me that there are fish there.
It shows me depth.
After seeing how fish react .I can almost to some degree tell the species too.

I know this was a very long post,but I wanted all of you to know how I came to T.H.E. Jig.
I'd promote it even if I was not making them.Yet The guy I was talking to you about could not keep me in them so I HAD to learn how to make them or stop fishing.

There is a system here.It does work like nothing else I have ever tried.

Once you have gotten to where I had been ,maybe you may be ready to try something different.
Unlike my buddy,I'll share everything I have learned to help you.
I will even teach you how to tie them all for nothing.
My motivation is to make us all better fisherman so that we can
spread this new found excitement I have found.
Spreading this excitement to others so that our sport we love so dearly
will survive the digital craze taking over our youth.

Thank you for taking your time to read this and I hope that maybe some of this will make a difference in your fishing experience.








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Lazy-Ike peb
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:36 PM 03/03/07 (CST)
hey CrappieKeith nice post. I do not know if I would have put up with your friend as long as you did. Not helping a buddy does not seam right. i would like how to learn how to tie the jig. cool smiley cool smiley cool smileycatch you on the flip side


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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:54 PM 03/03/07 (CST)
Sure,I can teach you in a few hours.
As to the buddy,I was a whore for fishing& I had to hang in there as one day I knew I could get it all together. Did too as you can see.
Now I'm teaching all of those guys that want to learn & I've made several friends,some enemies too.
Either way I'm in way more fish then I ever was.







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fisheye01
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:34 PM 03/04/07 (CST)
Your dedication to fishing is what sets you apart from others. Great post nice to know how you came about devoloping The jig keep it up June is just around the corner fisheye01
CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:41 PM 03/04/07 (CST)
It'l be here before i know it.Been busy fishing and will be except for the 2 weeks that ice is on it's way out & the water warming enough to pull the slabs in close.



Dang where did those come from?
I'd better get this posting done so I can go eat!!! wink smiley
Gorgous day on the lake today!






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Lazy-Ike peb
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 04:22 PM 03/04/07 (CST)
hey can you put a picture of a few of your jigs here so I can see them. as far as enimmies go they are probably missing out on a good friend ship smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley catch you on the flip side


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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 08:25 AM 03/05/07 (CST)
Sure..


















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Lazy-Ike peb
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 06:41 PM 03/05/07 (CST)
good looking jigs thanks for the pics. when i can come up with some dough how can I get my hands on them catch you on the flip side


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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 09:12 AM 03/26/07 (CST)
Just hollar! wink smiley



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kevin
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 03:16 PM 03/27/07 (CST)
Many folks have tried T.H.E. Jig this winter season and many have had some great success using them as well....sure glad that Keith was able to learn how to tie these little jigs and for sharing his knowledge with all of us here....you are not going to find that to often especially with something that works well for a person....they seem to keep things to themselves....I am looking forward to seeing and hearing about fishing these jigs in the open water as spring settles in.... laugh smiley






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