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I'm sure d**n near everything has been covered but I'll add my little wrinkle. Crawdads molt every full moon, so I if the moon is 80% full waxing or waning I'll throw a jig & trailer with a bright orange or bright red accent to it because they look gnarly when they molt. 

During the spawn (late Feb to late March)  I'll always throw a jig with some purple in it so it mimics an egg stealing blue gill. 

Most the fish you catch on a jig will make the weigh in, so you owe it to yourself to work one in. 

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Not sure if this info has been covered in the thread, but I was reading through some old jig threads and found this post by WRB which I thought was awesome and would help the new jig fisherman.

"The mistakes most new jig anglers make that normally T-rig a soft plastic worm is use too heavy weight jig with a compact hook/ head design and create too much uncontrolled slack during the retrieve.

Without knowing what type of jig you are fishing with, my suggestion for a casting jig is a football head design that has more distance between the hook point and jig head than a flipping/pitching type (Arkie) style jig.

The next item is the jig hook; use jigs with premium sharp hooks with standard wire, not a heavy wire hook when using lighter line.

Always use a trailer when casting and retrieving a jig. The trailer should be a high floating or not a soft plastic with heavy salt added. Trailers with good swimming action at slow retrieve speed or falling down through the water on controlled slack line is important. I am not familiar with RageTails, they look great, GY twin tail grubs work good. When I teach new jig anglers to cast and retrieve a jig, my suggestion is a 3/8 oz plain GY wire guard football head with GY 4" twin tail Hula grub, color similar to what the T-rig worm is that works for you.

You can make up a similar jig using sponsored components.

Bass tend to hold onto a T-rigged worm longer than they will with a jig, so you needed to detect the strike and set the hook instantly. The bite is quicker so concentrate on the jig and don't loose contact with it always feeling some slight weight. The classic tick bite is easy to detect, all other bite not so easy. Fishing jigs we have a saying "swings are free" so set the hook when you feel anything odd with the jig, vibration, getting lighter, sudden stop, the line move.

Hook sets; when casting a jig over 30' away, I use the reel set with rod sweep, keeping the rod tip lower than a T-rig so I can sweep the rod back firmly. When the jig is closer or more vertical I use the snap set, whipping the rod into the controlled slack line. Never lower the rod and take up slack with a jig, you will miss 90% or more of the jig strikes.

Good fishing.

Tom"

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I haven't taken the time to read 18 pages of comments.  My apologies if this has already been discussed. 

1.  Color is dependent to what crayfish are eating.

2.  There two main types of crayfish.  Those the burrow in dirt or mud and those who seek shelter in rocks.  

3.  Reason red is so popular in south  relates to burrowing crayfish eating minerals out red clay dirt.  

4.  Same if the soil is black crawfish have tendency to be black.

5.  Crayfish that live in rocks, rip rap tend to to be more green/pumpking, brown oriented eating zoo plankton.  Generally speaking. 

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1 hour ago, Blwaz23 said:

Best jig trailers? 

Zoom chunk jr. and super chunk. Speed craw for action or rage craw. I like my jigs compact so I favor the chunk jr.

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Hey, I'm new to jig fishing so excuse me for my ignorance. 

So I tried one at our local lake yesterday and honestly I don't think I can use a jig there. Every time I brought it in it was covered with muck (algae, leaves, etc...)

Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong?

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1 hour ago, Tracker22 said:

Hey, I'm new to jig fishing so excuse me for my ignorance. 

So I tried one at our local lake yesterday and honestly I don't think I can use a jig there. Every time I brought it in it was covered with muck (algae, leaves, etc...)

Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong?

When you feel the algae and other gunk get on your jig (and do it in the middle of your retrieve even if you do not feel any gunk because chances are there is something on it) quickly pop the rod tip up hard a few times, trying to shake or pop the junk of your bait, cleaning it.  You can do this so the jig moves only a few feet, staying in the water and in the strike zone, braid works the best for this technique. Also you can use a lighter jig, a swimming retrieve, and using a bigger trailer like a double wide beaver and full sized brushhog, to reduce the rate fall, doubling up on jig skirts also accomplishes this.

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1 hour ago, Mokujon said:

New to fishing and was just wondering if you guys use braid or fluorocarbon for your line. What strength line are you guys using?  Thanks

I've tried baid... not a fan, but that just me. Flouro is good. I'd go with at least 15 lb up to 20lb. Never broke off with 15lb. 17 lb is probly more popular. Just check knots and line Frays every so often when fishing.  If you decide on braid start with at least 40 lb. Not for strength purposes though, 40 lb braid line diameter is just thick enough so it doesn't dig into itself on the spool of your baitcaster.

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1 hour ago, Bruce424 said:

I've tried baid... not a fan, but that just me. Flouro is good. I'd go with at least 15 lb up to 20lb. Never broke off with 15lb. 17 lb is probly more popular. Just check knots and line Frays every so often when fishing.  If you decide on braid start with at least 40 lb. Not for strength purposes though, 40 lb braid line diameter is just thick enough so it doesn't dig into itself on the spool of your baitcaster.

To add to the #40 braid comment, it also stands less of a chance of being damaged when you have to dig out a backlash. I am, unfortunately, speaking from a fair amount of experience. Sufix 832 #40 to the rescue, LOL!

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I jig fish a lot.  I have 2 or 3 rods with differ jigs tied on.  Each one has a differs color and weight and a different trailers.  Daddy always said if you move it you are going too fast and use any color you like as long as it is BLUE!  LOL. Also we "knock the wood."   Pitch the jig and hit a cypress tree and let the jig slide down the tree.  Usually get hit as it is sliding down the tree.  Tie them on and fish them, they are fun to use and usually catch bigger fish.

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On March 10, 2016 at 9:36 AM, Mokujon said:

New to fishing and was just wondering if you guys use braid or fluorocarbon for your line. What strength line are you guys using?  Thanks

I fish jigs a ton and have tried both braid and flouro....I am currently on year 2 of using 12# yo zuri hybrid as it came highly praised from the forums. I love it, my knot issues and break offs have drastically decreased, don't feel like I've lost sensitivity and it's very strong/abrasion resistant. My 2 cents, works for me

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Being new to jig fishing and I now have a few of them. What colors are best for the jig??? I have a black and blue and a brownish one and a white one. I know these question come up all the time so sorry if this question gets old. One more thing, How many jigs are to many???

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1 hour ago, Justbass11 said:

Being new to jig fishing and I now have a few of them. What colors are best for the jig??? I have a black and blue and a brownish one and a white one. I know these question come up all the time so sorry if this question gets old. One more thing, How many jigs are to many???

For flipping/casting jigs, by far the most popular colors are:

Black&Blue,PB&J, Green Pumkpin.

For swimjigs add in any sort of shad color, and a bluegill/sunfish color.

 

 

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On ‎3‎/‎10‎/‎2016 at 9:36 AM, Mokujon said:

New to fishing and was just wondering if you guys use braid or fluorocarbon for your line. What strength line are you guys using?  Thanks

I use both fc and braid for jig fishing I like braid in heavy cover because I feel like it. Cuts through weeds with little effort. I use fc for swimming jigs and lighter jigs. I never use fc leaders for jig fishing

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On March 5, 2016 at 7:47 PM, kybasspro said:

Can anyone tell me a good all purpose jig, one that I can fish on the bottom and swim it

My favorite all purpose jig would be an Arkie head jig. Try a Santone lures rattlin jig because they are great all purpose jigs. Don't be afraid to remove the rattle if you're not getting bit, just stick it in your pocket so you'll have it later. I'm not affiliated and you can try other jigs such as a dirty jigs Luke Clausen Casting jig or even a *** would be great... I just like the versatility of a rattling jig by Santone lures. Tight Lines!

-Justis

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In my opinion there is a jig for almost ever senior that you could encounter while out fishing.  That is something you will have to put the time on the water and research off the water on your own.  As far as trailers go, I never fish a jig without one.  They add size as well as make the jig appear more life like.  I trail my swim jigs with a soft plastic swimbait most times, and train my pitching jigs with some variation of a craw. 

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doesnt anyone use pork rinds anymore? they have got to be the number 1 trailer for jigs, and i like the fact that they hold scents better than any other trailer made. I still have some and still use them

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6 minutes ago, Keith "Hamma" Hatch said:

doesnt anyone use pork rinds anymore? they have got to be the number 1 trailer for jigs, and i like the fact that they hold scents better than any other trailer made. I still have some and still use them

I believe at least two factors have contributed to the rather overwhelming reduction of Pork trailer use.

 The most obvious is the massive influx of super convenient & arguably just as effective (but not very durable) soft plastics available today.   

Then add the popularity of "bass tournament" style fishing where an angler is running & gunning, often leaving a pile of rigged rods on the deck for an extended period of time.  Pork baits often dry out rendering them fairly useless.   

Soft plastic trailers have a distinct advantage here and one that the younger generation of bass anglers who might have never used pork, ever even think about.  

I was an avid pork user & abuser for many years, especially surf fishing saltwater - trailers would literally last for months - seemed the more beat up they got, the better they worked.  I've completely abandoned their use in my bass fishing quite a while ago though opting instead become a SK Rage Tail using Freak.

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A-Jay

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I still have a few jars of pork.  But, the challenge of getting them off a hook (even before dry) is enough to send me to plastic most days.

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3 hours ago, A-Jay said:

I believe at least two factors have contributed to the rather overwhelming reduction of Pork trailer use.

 The most obvious is the massive influx of super convenient & arguably just as effective (but not very durable) soft plastics available today.   

Then add the popularity of "bass tournament" style fishing where an angler is running & gunning, often leaving a pile of rigged rods on the deck for an extended period of time.  Pork baits often dry out rendering them fairly useless.   

Soft plastic trailers have a distinct advantage here and one that the younger generation of bass anglers who might have never used pork, ever even think about.  

I was an avid pork user & abuser for many years, especially surf fishing saltwater - trailers would literally last for months - seemed the more beat up they got, the better they worked.  I've completely abandoned their use in my bass fishing quite a while ago though opting instead become a SK Rage Tail using Freak.

:)

A-Jay

I have those wraps to keep them wet all day, works great

 

2 hours ago, Choporoz said:

I still have a few jars of pork.  But, the challenge of getting them off a hook (even before dry) is enough to send me to plastic most days.

if you turn them sideways they slide right off,..its just a small slit cut into them. think about it

I still use them, and have had no issues whatsoever, when cared for properly. I have some twin tails, and zoom salty chunk jrs. Yamamoto hula grubs, etc. Which I use in the dog days of summer for the quicker fall. But in spring and fall i reach for  no.11 pork rinds and in winter even the smaller 101. "Yall keep fishin ya plastic, whence i gets me back on my feet an back in tournies, we'll see what fishes so well!",...lol.,,, Almost like I belong in the bayou, old greybearded stuck in his ways ornery cuss! Ok maybe not,...but i definately dont fit in up here in boston,...more like alabama, fishin pickwick, and wilson, wheeler and guntersville, etc. I liked that chain...or out in the woods of wisconsin or michigan fishin some of those hidden smallie gems, with a few muskie on the side.

oh how quickly the bucket list grows when you take up fishing

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Using a trailer with a jig helps increase the profile of a jig, which will result in the angler catching bigger fish.

You can either hop or drag a jig. For the retrieval, you really just have to let the bass tell you what they want.

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