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What Line To Use For A Jig Rod

Jig rod line

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#1 Bassguytom

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Posted February 10 2013 - 09:52 AM

Still iced in here in the north. Ok, I picked up a Rage 7 foot MH rod for flipping and pitching jigs in the pads. Question is what line should I use. Should I use braid with a Floro leader or straight floro? Any info. Would be great.

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Posted February 10 2013 - 10:13 AM

Depends on the cover. For wood and real nasty slop, go with the braid. For rocks and light weed cover, go with the flouro. Size depending on depth, and water clarity. A good 17lb flouro is very versatile for jigs. I personally like Seaguar Tatsu and Berkley 100% flouro. Also been liking the Vicious in heavier lb test for real deep and real rocky jigging.


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Posted February 10 2013 - 10:47 AM

The jury is still out for me. I have been fishing Sufix 832 using a direct tie for the past year or so,

but I am currently experimenting with fluorocarbon leader. Specifically Seaguar AbrazX #12. Although

I am not a big fan of braided line, it has improved my jig fishing significantly. I'm very interested in

what others have to say.

 

 

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Posted February 10 2013 - 10:59 AM

I use straight braid.  But, in saying this I am usually throwing into heavy cover in stained river water.


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Posted February 10 2013 - 11:12 AM

It really depends on the cover I'm fishing.

 

Weeds: straight braid.

Wood: Braid with a 12-15# CXX leader.

Shoals with sparse over and clear water: 12-20# CXX or Fluoro.

Deep, rocky cover: 12# CXX.

 

When fishing wood, you can "measure" how close your bait is to hanging by feeling the Alberto knot cross a branch.  Then it's a simple matter of slowly bringing he jig into contact, drop your rod tip a bit, and pop the jig over.  Be prepared, as this often triggers strikes.Having the leader also helps with hangups. It's easier to break off, and not disturb the spot with all the commotion. 


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Posted February 10 2013 - 11:19 AM

Premium fluoro. Either tatsu or shooter. My rods give me all the feel I could ever want.

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Posted February 10 2013 - 11:23 AM

I fish a lot of rocks. Last year I made the switch to braid with a flouro leader. I have been very happy with the results. I get the no stretch property of braid which helps set the heavy wire hook, by the flouro handles he rocks much better.

If I was fishing heavy vegetation I would probably go with straight braid.

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Posted February 10 2013 - 12:49 PM

I only use braid for frogs and heavy jig fishing and what I mean by that is putting the jig in cover that a MH rod and 20lb line is too light to fish it. So for that I tie direct, no leader and I hate flouro so if I'm not using braid it is a good copoly. I often throw jigs, worms, and soft jerkbaits into lilly pad fields, and once again, the pads have to be thick for braid use otherwise I'll go with 15 or 17lb copoly. I often am fishing in clear water conditions so that is why my limited use of braid and I hate tying leaders, I've done it, I used mono and flouro leaders and I didn't get any more bites or bigger fish than what I normally use and that is just the way it is so copoly in the appropriate size for what you're doing and 50lb braid for frogs and heavy jig fishing. BTW I'm in the north east, if I was down south it would be different.



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Posted February 10 2013 - 01:04 PM

15# Yo Zuri for all jigs. Hasnt failed me yet.



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Posted February 10 2013 - 01:17 PM

I have done all three straight braid, fluoro leader, and straight fluoro. With Hydrilla,milfoil, spatterdock and water Lotus, I really like braid. If I roll up on clear water and sparse weeds and rocks ill use a leader. I also use a leader under boat docks if im useing a rod with braid (I also keep a shorter rod for skipping docks with straight fluoro.)

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Posted February 10 2013 - 01:20 PM

I prefer to use straight braid for all my jig fishing without a leader.  This year I am going to experiment with fluorocarbon and maybe try a fluoro leader with braid.  But the old reliable backup is good old Yo-Zuri Hybrid.



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Posted February 10 2013 - 01:22 PM

If you're pitching/flipping into vegetation I would opt for braid. If there is sparse cover/open water I would use straight fluoro or braid/fluoro leader if you prefer. 



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Posted February 10 2013 - 01:57 PM

If the rod is ONLY for pitching into weeds than go straight braid, otherwise straight flouro would be my answer.

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Posted February 10 2013 - 03:02 PM

I put braid on. If I need to I will tie a leader. But for me its better to have the stronger, and have the option for the visibility.
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Posted February 10 2013 - 05:46 PM

Braid w/ or w/o CXX # depends on the cover. Usually I have a leader because I would rather cut a leader to re-tie then the expensive freaking braid....






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