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#1 Jake P

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Posted June 21 2012 - 11:37 AM

I am always, hearing guys throwing 1/2 Oz and 3/4 oz. jigs. When do y'all throw 1/4 oz or 3/8 oz? Does water depth come into play when selecting weight like it does with a Texas rigged worm? Or do you throw a 1/2 oz jig n craw in 5 ft of water? just wanting to hear you're personal preferences. Thanks y'all.

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Posted June 21 2012 - 12:26 PM

I'll throw a 1/2oz jig in 5 ft of water. I don't think weight is so much about depth as it is about rate of fall. With more active fish I want a faster fall rate. Depends on what you are doing with the jig, also. If you are punching thick grass you will want a heavy jig. I like to use lighter jigs for swimming if I want to stay off the bottom without reeling too fast. With football jigs I like them to be heavier because when you are dragging or hopping or twitching (etc.) them on the bottom they cause more commotion. In muddy water I will use heavy football jigs to fish grass horizontally for the same reason (more commotion). You should read the Fishing Like an Idiot article on this site. IMO you can't go wrong with a jig no matter how you fish it. Sometimes I will use a lighter jig on a split-shot rig to fish rocky points. Sometimes I don't even use a trailer.
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Posted June 21 2012 - 01:27 PM

Busy pretty much summed it up. One year fishing Tablerock Lake I thew a 5/16 oz in 30-35 fow. Took forever for it to hit the bottom but the fish were eating it up.

#4 Jake P

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Posted June 21 2012 - 01:39 PM

Didn't think of it that way. Thanks guys. I'm slowly learning jigs so I'm trying to soak It all up.

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Posted June 21 2012 - 01:41 PM

I'll throw a 1/2oz jig in 5 ft of water. I don't think weight is so much about depth as it is about rate of fall. With more active fish I want a faster fall rate. Depends on what you are doing with the jig, also. If you are punching thick grass you will want a heavy jig. I like to use lighter jigs for swimming if I want to stay off the bottom without reeling too fast. With football jigs I like them to be heavier because when you are dragging or hopping or twitching (etc.) them on the bottom they cause more commotion. In muddy water I will use heavy football jigs to fish grass horizontally for the same reason (more commotion). You should read the Fishing Like an Idiot article on this site. IMO you can't go wrong with a jig no matter how you fish it. Sometimes I will use a lighter jig on a split-shot rig to fish rocky points. Sometimes I don't even use a trailer.


The rate of fall is key, active fish want that faster moving bait. I think the only time I change that is if I know I'm fishing in a lake know for big fish and I'm looking for that monster I will often use a big jig in shallow water, but if they are neutral or negative I'll use a bulky trailer to slow the fall. The key to jig fishing in general is the rate of fall with the exception being a swim jig.

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Posted June 21 2012 - 03:03 PM

I'll throw a 1/2oz jig in 5 ft of water. I don't think weight is so much about depth as it is about rate of fall. With more active fish I want a faster fall rate. Depends on what you are doing with the jig, also. If you are punching thick grass you will want a heavy jig. I like to use lighter jigs for swimming if I want to stay off the bottom without reeling too fast. With football jigs I like them to be heavier because when you are dragging or hopping or twitching (etc.) them on the bottom they cause more commotion. In muddy water I will use heavy football jigs to fish grass horizontally for the same reason (more commotion). You should read the Fishing Like an Idiot article on this site. IMO you can't go wrong with a jig no matter how you fish it. Sometimes I will use a lighter jig on a split-shot rig to fish rocky points. Sometimes I don't even use a trailer.

fishing like an idiot huh? Didn't know my question was that bad...lol

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Posted June 21 2012 - 03:10 PM

fishing like an idiot huh? Didn't know my question was that bad...lol


Not at all, sorry! Heres a link to the article: http://www.bassresou...hing_worms.html

I was just trying to say that there really isn't a single best way to do things. I think the jig is a very versatile lure, although I probably wouldn't burn them very often lol.
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Posted June 21 2012 - 04:08 PM

I throw a 1/4-1/2 oz jigs for the most part. I fish in waters that have gaps between weeds or laydowns. so if its a bigger gap between places I throw a 1/4 oz so I can kind of jump around from place to place. I use a 1/2 oz jig if I'm surrounded by cover or weeds. But the body of river is stainded green so I mostly use black and blue. Didn't think of useing that color until I came on this forums. Now this place made me a better jig fisherman.

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Posted June 21 2012 - 05:34 PM

I generally fish 3/8 oz his and control my fall with the trailer. Trimming appendages to get it just right. And as far as the punching I would do a build a jig type of rig with a paycheck skirt and plastic on a straight shank hook

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Posted June 21 2012 - 08:13 PM

Not at all, sorry! Heres a link to the article: http://www.bassresou...hing_worms.html

I was just trying to say that there really isn't a single best way to do things. I think the jig is a very versatile lure, although I probably wouldn't burn them very often lol.

I was justin messin around. I have read that article before, its great one.

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Posted June 21 2012 - 08:19 PM

1/2 oz is generally the lightest jig I throw and its a open hook with a yamamoto twin tail. Most of the time I use 3/4 to 1oz. on skirted jigs. I don't care if I am fishing 6 inches of water or 60 ft.

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Posted June 21 2012 - 09:52 PM

I prefer 1/2 oz jigs mostly, but if the it's not too windy, sometimes lighter jigs seem to work better. Calm shallow water, cool water in the fall, poor fishing, or post cold front days are good times to try lighter jigs. 1/4 oz jigs are useful because they don't sink deeply into the weeds, and you can hop or twitch them on top of dense weedbeds.

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Posted June 21 2012 - 10:11 PM

I use 5/16 or 3/8 only. Don't have any grass mats to punch and I can do everything I need to do with those sizes.




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