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Missing Fish On Siebert Poison Tail Swim Jig

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Swim jigs don't need that beefy of a skirt. cut that skirt material almost in half. your line is fine. on the rare occasion i am using braid it's with a swim jig in 30#.  the rod is probably your biggest problem. I use the dx 745 as well but for pitching jigs. unless your swim jigs have a super beefy hook, the 745 is just too much rod for swim jigs. my swim jig rod is the 733c. though i am almost always using 1/4oz jigs and on an occasion 3/8. no issues at all with hook ups in grass or open water. i've use the 744 but still prefer the 733. you should have a weed guard and a very soft one. i can't see the hook in your picture but if i were to guess i think it would be along the same lines as the 3/8 brovarney swim jigs as they are both located near swim jig country. if you are dead set on the 745, while not ideal, use fluoro over braid to compensate for the rod. otherwise just downsize the power of the rod and keep using braid and you should be good to go.

 

i use siebert's jigs but not his swim jig. i would THINK, but not certain, it's based off a northern style swim jig which won't have a heavy hook like the California swim jigs you are used to.

 

I agree with this. The rod is your problem. Use a rod with a softer tip, yet has plenty of backbone like the 733C.

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I will disagree with the rod alone being the problem. The rod is flexible enough to effectively cast this swim jig over 100'. The fact this combination is using very low stretch braid doesn't help when a bass is close to the boat with the drag set too high, 4 lbs should be max and the angler should trust the drag or be ready to back off the drag.

I fish with 5 1/2 power, 6'10" jig rods for casting a jig over 100' as my normal jig presentation and rarely loose a bass. The problem is the jig design with too short of hook that makes the jig ideal for a more verticle presentation, a poor choice for a more horizontal casting presentation. The hook set technique or rod setting is another factor.

I wrote an article in In-Fisherman; Horizontal jigging that describes what the problem is back in 1995.

Suggest you take a moment to read it.

Tom

PS; Siebert went out of his way to support his protect and deserves credit for his efforts.

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When I ran the test over the weekend for G3Steve. I did reproduce his issue. I lost a monster fish on heay braid and a xhvy rod 7'3" . I lost 2 fish total on this trial. Then I switched to a lighter heavy rod and 15 lb flouro. I caught 11 fish in 3 hrs without a miss. Same exact jig. I did not modify my fishing technique. I was fishing 30yds or closer.

G3Steve and I are looking into a modification to the jig for this superline heavy rod fishing style.

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^^^^ This is why I love BR! All of BR, sponsors, members, mods! Feedback is met with time and effort to fix things. Kudos

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When I ran the test over the weekend for G3Steve. I did reproduce his issue. I lost a monster fish on heay braid and a xhvy rod 7'3" . I lost 2 fish total on this trial. Then I switched to a lighter heavy rod and 15 lb flouro. I caught 11 fish in 3 hrs without a miss. Same exact jig. I did not modify my fishing technique. I was fishing 30yds or closer.

G3Steve and I are looking into a modification to the jig for this superline heavy rod fishing style.

Kind of off subject a little but do you guys trim your swimjig skirts as you would a regular brush or football head?

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