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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.

 

 

Its not the only jig you can drag but it works the best due to it being the most stable.

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I would like to add something for all the noobs and co-anglers.

 

As a co-angler myself, in almost all cases you have to adapt to the boater. ALOT of guys Ive fished with over the past few years will pass through docks with maybe 1 cast to 3 slips or 2 casts total to a tree. This is terrible and in most cases these guys arent winning the tournaments. Theres been times Ive made 10+ casts to the same slip and got bit on the 11th. You really have to pick apart the object your fishing for a few reasons.1 being you dont know where the fish are at that given structure. You know theyre there but not where! They could be suspended, hugging the bottom, at a piece of wood or rock under the dock facing east and youre casting just west of them. You have to pick apart everything. I'll give a good example of a personal experience just a few weeks ago.

 

We came up on a downed tree.We both had jigs tied on we started working in between the limbs out at the front center. I worked my way to the left and back he worked to the right and back. My 5th pitch 2# his 3rd 2#. Continuing on we started working into the most dense parts of the tree he landed a 5# I had got 2 more 3# each. The thing here is the biggest fish gets the best cover, so all the smaller fish are outside that area waiting for a opportunity to seize the best spot. Thats the reason why you may have caught a huge fish at your favorite spot in the world then 3 months later you go to that spot again and only get a 1#er. So always work your way from the outside in and get them out of there quick so not to spook the guys buried in there!

 

I hope this may help anyone!

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I would like to add something for all the noobs and co-anglers.

 

As a co-angler myself, in almost all cases you have to adapt to the boater. ALOT of guys Ive fished with over the past few years will pass through docks with maybe 1 cast to 3 slips or 2 casts total to a tree. This is terrible and in most cases these guys arent winning the tournaments. Theres been times Ive made 10+ casts to the same slip and got bit on the 11th. You really have to pick apart the object your fishing for a few reasons.1 being you dont know where the fish are at that given structure. You know theyre there but not where! They could be suspended, hugging the bottom, at a piece of wood or rock under the dock facing east and youre casting just west of them. You have to pick apart everything. I'll give a good example of a personal experience just a few weeks ago.

 

We came up on a downed tree.We both had jigs tied on we started working in between the limbs out at the front center. I worked my way to the left and back he worked to the right and back. My 5th pitch 2# his 3rd 2#. Continuing on we started working into the most dense parts of the tree he landed a 5# I had got 2 more 3# each. The thing here is the biggest fish gets the best cover, so all the smaller fish are outside that area waiting for a opportunity to seize the best spot. Thats the reason why you may have caught a huge fish at your favorite spot in the world then 3 months later you go to that spot again and only get a 1#er. So always work your way from the outside in and get them out of there quick so not to spook the guys buried in there!

 

I hope this may help anyone!

 

Yes it does, thank you.

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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?

This isn't necessarily your fault unless you are waiting too long to wack em.  A fish can turn and this usually gets them in the corner of the mouth.  If you bury the hook and don't gut hook them, to me thats a good hookset no matter where in the mouth it gets them.

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So, if you could only buy ONE type of jig/jighead that could do it all.....what would it be? I'm more looking for the best all around jig type instead of the one jig you would buy based on your particular favorite way to fish a jig...if that makes sense. And maybe include some specific examples brand/type.

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Arky Jig

 

Arky jigs are a proven design that is very versatile. The Arky jig works good in rock, light weeds, brush, and even skips. It is truly a great all around jig for many applications.

 

Specifically, Siebert Outdoors Dredge Arkyy Jig: http://www.siebertoutdoors.com/Dredge-Arky-Jig-110.htm

 

 

 

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There are no downsides to using living rubber. The thing is living rubber is limited to only a few different colors. Silicone is made in any color imaginable. I am an avid jig fisherman and fish jigs year round and when I feel I can get away with it I prefer living rubber because I feel it looks more life like and almost breathing/pulsating on it's own. Is it big enough to make a difference to a bass? Who knows but I catch just as many on silicone. I suggest fishing colors you are confident in and if that happens to be living rubber then so be it.

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That's going to be variations of purple,blue,green,yellow,orange. There maybe some other colors in there that people like but for me its going to be just something black and blue with some strands of purple and maybe 4 strands or so of one of the other mentioned colors.

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Good colors to match bluegill or sunfish?

 

NorthStar Swim Jig Bull Gill  http://www.northstarbaits.com/catalog/item/7220007/7616374.htm

 

Siebert Elite Swim Jig Bluegill  http://www.siebertoutdoors.com/Siebert-Widegap-Jig-023.htm

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When I first started using jigs it was over whelming as well. They can be used almost any conditions. When fish are active use a swim jig or fish a football jig fast " hop" it. When the fish are not active use a slower technique/retrieve in this case.

As far as trailers go, I always use them, they add more bulk to the jig and make it appear more life like. They also add action to the jig. However in a case like a slow day or the fish are not liking a trailer I will take it off..... Let the fish tell you what they want.

This is jigs in a quick sum, this is a big topic..... My best advice would be to take each jig and spend a week with it and just dig that , learn each and how it handles

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