Hair Jigs for Smallmouth?
Posted January 18 2007 - 04:28 PM
PB- Largemouth 5.8lbs
Smallmouth 4.2 lbs
Northern Pike 12.8 lbs
Chain Pickeral 4.13 Lbs
Brown Trout 9.5 lbs
Posted January 18 2007 - 06:42 PM
Posted January 18 2007 - 08:16 PM
I use bass pro XPS bucktail jigs in white, usually 1/4 ounce, without a trailer.
Posted January 19 2007 - 03:05 PM
Posted January 21 2007 - 09:17 PM
1/8oz- 6' Medium Fin-Nor Profiler spinning rod, 6730X Pflueger President spinning reel, 6lb P-Line Fluoroclear
3/16oz- 6'6" Medium All-Star American Classic spinning rod, Shimano Spirex 2000FE spinning reel, 10lb P-Line Fluoroclear
1/4oz- 6'6" Medium All-Star American Classic casting rod, Shimano Curado CU-200 reel, 10lb Stren Original
I have caught many solid smallies and Kentucky bass in the Rivanna and James rivers on those rigs, with my biggest being a 3lb. Kentucky bass and 5.5lb. LM both caught on the 3/16oz jig. Most of my big fish bite when I throw my jig across the river and let it drift with the current, I target structure like large rocks, eddies, weedbeds, ledges, and deep holes. I use hair jigs year 'round in rivers but I only use them during the cold months in lakes. I like to idle around and look for mainlake points with a ledge or a brushpile near the creek channel and vertically jig the bait right over the cover. My tackle is different when fishing lakes too, I use a 7' Medium action Fin-Nor Profiler with 10lb P-Line fluorocarbon and I rig the 1/8oz jig on a drop-shot with an 8-14 inch leader and a 1/4oz weight. Most of my fish hit when the bait is sitting motionless right over the cover.
Posted January 21 2007 - 10:02 PM
Posted January 24 2007 - 11:54 AM
Posted January 24 2007 - 12:58 PM
Don't but oilly scent on the deertail it will ruin all action you can use the vasaline ones on the head.
The best thing with deertail you can get in the weeds and abuze it. In more open water the sudle action is killer.
When you deertail gets curled and matted from the package or use just get the kettle steaming really hard hold the hair in the steam and it will straight right out and return it's action.
Posted January 27 2007 - 06:14 AM
Head size and style for the job.
All jigs must have eyes. Those perfect stick on eyes are junk. I still use Crofty's technic for eyes. Take a Bic Pen Cap and cut the top off large enough for White back ground. Just dip pen and dap. Cut a smaller hole for the red center. Don't make them look perfect make them evil.
You will notice that some jigs when tied are very strait. Do not buy these jigs sort thru and only buy the ones that look puffy. The strait ones have very very little action.
Puffy jigs will out fish strait tied by a wide margin.
The last thing is color if the jig doesn't have these first 2 thing I won't buy them.
I use bucktails for walleye Smallies and largies and they all have to have these qualitys.
Posted January 30 2007 - 01:37 PM
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