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All I do is bank fishing so I think I can help.

I would get some greens, browns and some blue/blacks. I only use North Star jigs. I prefer the black series flipping jigs and flip n swim, swim jigs. The colors I would grab are Brown Craw, Froger, black n blue and Insanity in the black series. I use rage craws in falcon lake for the brown craw, watermelon red for the frogger, black n blue flake for the black n blue and candy craw for the insanity.

For the flip n swims I like Mistake (black blue red), salsa, new gill and a custom color Chris made I call Crappie. For trailers I use all Berkely Havoc Sub Woofers in Plum for the Mistake, watermelon red for the salsa, Alabama craw for the new gill and smoke black flake for my crappie jig.

If you want some pictures of the jig and trailers let me know. I'm on my phone so it will have to be later for the Picts.

I only use 1/2 oz weight in all my jigs.

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I have no luck fishing jigs at all.  I tried 3 different ponds and caught nothing.  Tried different sizes, colors, and even different trailers.  I know there are bass in the ponds cause I pulled a 3lb out the other day.  What could be my problem?

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Jig fishing is highly underrated.  I never started using them until last year.  I always use a trailer and I go with 10lb test fluorocarbon with a rod with a decent amount of backbone for quality hook sets.  I just saw on Lindner's Angling Edge that you should try and use heavier jigs than usual during the dog days of summer so that the bait will penetrate weeds better, leading to more bites in lakes with submerged vegetation.  I always use a trailer, most recently the Pit Boss.  Don't be afraid to load up that trailer with scent either!

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I started fishing swim jigs just recently. I like hitting a small 50 acre lake. A single dock, some grass along the shore, and a lot of fallen timber.

Had tons of luck on a small shad powerbait, so I stuck with it. When morning bite slows, switch to swim jog with trailers. I try different colors with different trailers, had some luck last time. Can't remember exactly what color jig, and the trailer was some brown creature type bait. Just reeling it in not to slow, enough to keep it off the bottom a foot or two, throwing to the bank and bringing it out. Even caught some in open water when the bass were busting shad again later in the day, that time I was using a shad colored swim jig and a roboworm ez shad trailer.  They were hitting it pretty good.

Most of the bass in this lake busting the shad are 1-3lbs. There are some lunkers, I just need to figure out how to catch them, I'm guessing they are staying deeper, 

Anyone have some tips on using the swim jigs in 20' of water? Action/retrieve methods? Thanks all.

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One trick I use is to rig a 1oz jig in place of the egg sinker on a Carolina rig so you get 2 for the price of one. Make sure you find a jig with the line tie parallel to the jig head not the hook   

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You can almost fish it all year round. From a football head to a medlock double guard flipping jig. Early spring you can get key bites with the jigs almost every rage tail bait can be used as a trailer the original rage tail craw is my favorite or the lobster for big jigs 3/4 ounce +

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I've just started fishing jigs and for some reason my tackle box suddenly got full and my wallet got empty. I'm not quite sure why!lol

x2...lost 2 jigs the other day, think I bought 9 more to replace those 2...and some other stuff. This bass fishing gets expensive. :)

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Do you work it like a "normal" football jig?

It's a casting jig and I toss into heavy cover and let it fall through.  The worm head and tail shake back and forth and looks like a crawfish thats fleeing down or a fish or 2 running down to the bottom.  I have tried bouncing it like a wacky rig as well, but I haven't had any takers on it that way.

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It's a casting jig and I toss into heavy cover and let it fall through.  The worm head and tail shake back and forth and looks like a crawfish thats fleeing down or a fish or 2 running down to the bottom.  I have tried bouncing it like a wacky rig as well, but I haven't had any takers on it that way.

 

So they only take it on the fall.....?

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So they only take it on the fall.....?

That's the only way I have caught them.  I haven't really tried any other presentations with it yet because its somewhat new to me.  Next time I go out, I am going to try a football head and try bouncing it like a big wacky rig jighead.

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That's the only way I have caught them.  I haven't really tried any other presentations with it yet because its somewhat new to me.  Next time I go out, I am going to try a football head and try bouncing it like a big wacky rig jighead.

Ok.

Nice... then let us know how it went.

Thanks.

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I am new to Jig fishing.  I purchased some jigs in hopes to learn how to properly fish them.

I have a couple of questions,

When is the proper time to use a jig?

How do I work the lure?

Are trailers required? and What advantages do they add?

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

 

 

I have been fishing for many years, and never believed in Jigs, but that was my fault, because to fish a jig takes patience, and you must have confidence.

Most guys if they don't catch fish they put the jig down, and go back to senkos.

Yes Senkos are a good bait, but personally I am getting tired of them, there is actually nothing to it.

Buy some casting jigs, I like the Picasso wide meanining it has somewhat of a wider gap hook, and cast it out just like you would do a Texas rig bait.

fish it the same way, drag it and hop it akong the bottom

You won't catch as many fish as you would with plastics. but the ones you catch will be bigger.

You can fish a jig with no trailer but if you want a bigger profile add one one.

I also like Skinny Bears casting jigs the skirt is living rubber very good action.

Tackle warehouse has a big selection....Good Luck

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Are football jigs the only type of jig that works when bottom dragging? I've just started using jigs and don't have any football jigs yet. I have a couple of the baby booyah swim jigs and a couple of the Arkie brand jigs from Walmart, and one of the Hart Tackle justice jigs from Walmart. I mostly fish ponds from the bank and just found a new one to fish and wanted to try dragging a jig on bottom to cover water and check out what the bottom of the pond is like.

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Are football jigs the only type of jig that works when bottom dragging? I've just started using jigs and don't have any football jigs yet. I have a couple of the baby booyah swim jigs and a couple of the Arkie brand jigs from Walmart, and one of the Hart Tackle justice jigs from Walmart. I mostly fish ponds from the bank and just found a new one to fish and wanted to try dragging a jig on bottom to cover water and check out what the bottom of the pond is like.

 

No, you can drag pretty much all of them.  That is the beauty of jig fishing.  I would recommend contacting Mike over at Siebertoutdoors.com and have him recommend some heads/skirts for your type of fishing.  You will not be disappointed.

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A lot of the fish I catch are hooked on the side of the mouth or even the bottom corner. What should I do differently on my hooksets? I understand that ideally you want to hook them in the top of the mouth?

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