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Jig Fishing Questions

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I've tried jig fishing with success so far using a 3/8oz football jig in green pumpkin with a uncle Josh pork trailer hopping it up a rocky point, but I haven't tried different trailers. What trailers do you like to use on jigs? Color?

With swim jigs do you cast them into weeds a reel them slow or fast? Steady movement or do you twitch it?

I'd like to improve my jig fishing this fall.

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I've tried jig fishing with success so far using a 3/8oz football jig in green pumpkin with a uncle Josh pork trailer hopping it up a rocky point, but I haven't tried different trailers. What trailers do you like to use on jigs? Color? rage craws/paca chunks - blue craw, watermelon red, falcon craw

With swim jigs do you cast them into weeds a reel them slow or fast? Steady movement or do you twitch it? Yes

I'd like to improve my jig fishing this fall.

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http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/12403-jig-fishing-questions/page-12#entry1351402

Check out the above thread. It's packed full of goodies and tips for jigs and jig fishing.

As for swim jigs, I like to start off using them as a search bait, fanning out my casts to cover as much water. To answer your questions, yes. Yes to all. There really isn't a wrong way to fish a swim jig other than to not fish it. Find some submerged grass and burn it across the top of the grass. I like to let it fall too and rip it out. If you feel it getting hung up, give it a quick pop and it usually comes out.

As for trailers, for swim jigs, I like the Berkley Havoc Sub Woofers, Strike King menace and shell crackers. For flipping jigs, I like the Strike King Rage Craws, Bass Assiassan Pure Craws and the Xcite baits Raptor Chunks.

There will be many people coming by and offering their favorites. You should be set.

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Swim Jigs = paddle tail swimbaits (keitech swing impacts)

 

Traditional Jig = Rage Craw and Beaver Style baits....also, pit bosses work well too and are cheap. I get a lot more action on the rages than my pacas. If you are looking for something more subtle, paca is the ticket. Let the fish decide. But I go rage 95% of the time. Thats my guesstimate

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With a football jig like you're talking about I use a twin tail grub about 90% of the time. I use lots of different trailers with my brush and finesse jigs, twin tail grubs, rage craws, zoom speed,cross, big and little critter craws, paca chunks and craws, bass assassin craws, pork chunks, 1/2 a senko, pit bosses, beavers, lots of room for experimentation with jig trailers. Sometimes I try to match the colors, sometimes a mismatched bait will get bit more. 

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I've always had good success with Zoom Fat Alberts twin tails, especially swimming

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I've always had success with berkley chigger craw I've had no reason to change. They work well on my swim jigs as well. I've also had success with paddle tail swim baits, and single tail grubs. The options are endless.

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for football jigs i like using a havoc pit boss and swim jigs i look using skinny dippers

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I like to use a Zoom super chunk trailer.  If I'm fishing a green pumpkin colored jig I would start off with a green pumpkin, or watermelon colored trailer and go from there.  Sometimes it helps to change it up a little.  Try putting a brownish trailer on the green jig and see what happens.

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Swim jigs have been working well for me the last few weeks. Ive been throwing 1/8 oz Bullet sieberts with keitech swing impacts, or big bite baits cane thumpers for a smaller profile, and 1/4 oz to 3/8 oz swim jigs with single tail grubs, or rage tail baby craws (yes as a swim jig trailer with GREAT results) for a larger presentation.

 

As for how to swim them, the fish almost always decide that for me. If all my bites are coming on the straight wind, Ill do that. If Im not getting bit on the wind, I start swimming it with very subtle tip swings, getting more pronounced until I start getting bites. Some days every bite comes when the swim jig is losing altitude. Other days its all on the direction change after the fall. Some days they eat it however you fish it, but not very often in Houston in the summer.

 

Bottom contact jigs, Ive had good luck with every color Ive fished. I really like rage craws or babys, and Z  Mans turbo craws. I just like active claw'd trailers I think. I catch all my jig fish with active claws, because its all I fish. Some days its a really slow small hop, some days the double hop get away bite, and others its all on the fall after the high hop. Just let them tell you what they want. I have a few slopes and channels that almost always hold fish, Ill figure out how they actively theyre feeding in those places, and then go mobile with that pattern.

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New jig fisherman here -- but have thrown T-rugged worms for years.

Question: What are the advantages of fishing a jig with a claw trailer as compared to just T-rigging the claw?

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