Went to my new favorite hennepin county lake yesterday for some northerns and walleys. Got a whopping 15 inch northern on an 8 inch bucktail go me.
When we went for the eyes we were getting alot of light taps but not takers. Using fat heads on 1/8oz jigs or bobber with small hooks. Just one or two taps but no succesfull sets. We switched over to just hooks with a decent sized wieght about a foot off the hook. This worked very well and we caught more fish then we missed.
Anyone else had this happen? Usually the small jigheads work just great but I think the fish could feel them.
I think sometimes having the weight all at the end of the line enables the fish to feel resistance right away turning them off of taking the bait. Jigs can work great but when the fish are in this finicky mood the best bet is to do just what you did and go with a plain hook with the weight further up the line. This makes it harder for them to feel the weight until its too late, by that point they are hooked and on their way to the boat.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954