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Thanks for the help on how to start jig fishing.  I went out last night in the same spots I T-rig (so I knew fish were there).  I had a ton of bites but Could not set the hook on any of them.  One of the later responses to my first post said set it right away because the bass feel the weight in there mouth (I had not seen that prior to going out fishing) is this what I need to do, and does anybody have any other tips?

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Set the hook as soon as you feel the fish. What equipment are you using? For jig fishing you need at least a MH casting rod with fluoro or braid IMO.

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I don't remember what size jigs you were using but I use anywhere from 1/16 to 5/16.I wonder if the taps you were feeling weren't small bass and bluegill playing with your jig trailer and that's why you weren't getting any hook ups.

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When I feel a Tap Tap I give it a quick sec, they often hit the claws before eating the jig. How fast you set the hook just depends on what you feel or see...

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My two suggestions are pretty simple: braid and megastrike. Braid will let you feel your bait better and get strong hook sets and megastrike will make the fish hold on longer, which helps when they are just sucking the jig up. If you can't get braid soon, I would suggest thinning out your weed guards so you can get a good hook set.

 

Brian

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Smallmouth and spotted bass may peck at crawdad claws, to declaw the crawdad, claws are dangerous.

Largemouth rarely peck at anything, they engulf it and kill the crawdad or whatever in the back of the mouth, you get one short chance to set the hook with jigs. The bigger the bass the less time you have.

This simple fact seems to be misunderstood with bass anglers; a jig bite is by far the most difficult to detect.

CDMeyer knows what a T-rig bite feels like and bluegill or small bass also peck at worms.

I suggested that you put the jig away and try a pegged weight with a jig trailer type soft plastic in lieu of a worm. The reason was so you could optimize what the correct weight should be and give you some feedback what the bass jig strike feels like.

The is a thread at the top of this forum on jig fishing....Catt reposted a thread on worm/jig bite; fishing controlled slack line..read them.

Tom

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Thanks for the help guys, I got so frustrated yesterday I went to the back of my boat to switch baits.  Then realized why I had tried this in the first place (to get better) so I just went back up to the front of the boat and on my second cast landed a 2-05 (not bad for Wisconsin).... then onto my next lesson "Lipless Crank baits" caught a 1-5 or so on that and then went to a crankbait... never caught a bass on one before and landed a little one but it'll do.  Thanks for all the help

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