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Swim Jigs(Non Vibrating)...what Kind Of Rod?

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So ive been reading about swim jigs...ive read they can be used with a hollow belly swimbait as a trailer and fished with a chuck and wind retrieve (like a spinnerbait) However...its NOT a spinnerbait, its a swim "JIG"...maybe im overthinking things but what rod is best suited for this application...a spinnerbait rod or a jig/worm rod...??

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Personally I use the LTB Swimjig finesse 7ft1 MHXF. But anything along those lines would work, I just prefer the xf tip because I can rip the jig through weeds a lot more effeciantly.

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Ive got a 6'9" Shimano Sellus Jig/worm rod...sounds like it might work???

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Ive got a 6'9" Shimano Sellus Jig/worm rod...sounds like it might work???

 

It does to me. You just need to have the backbone to drive the single hook through the fish's mouth nicely.

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Ive got a 6'9" Shimano Sellus Jig/worm rod...sounds like it might work???

That will be fine. I toss my swim jigs on multiple rods, basicly any thing I have in the 6'9"- 7' - 7'3" range that is MH in power will do for me.

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I use a champion 734 because it can handle most moving baits like swim jigs, chatter baits, spinnerbaits etc. Though rated heavy, it would line up more with a st croix mh because st croix are usually alittle heavier than their rating ( if that makes sense). As long as your weights aren't too heavy, you can probably use the same rod as your regular jigs.

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What ever rod I use to throw a jig or worm of that weight is what I use for a swim jig.

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My favorite is a 7'MF St. Croix Avid.  As people always say, it is a little beefier than the M rating and it has plenty of backbone to rip the jig out of the weeds. 

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What those guys said. It's basicallya spinnerbait without the blades so just match the rod and lure weight and you should be good to go.

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I like a little softer tip for better casting distance. My dedicated rig for both swim jigs

and soft swimbaits is the G. Loomis MBR842C/ Core 50MG.

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I've used a couple of different rods for swimming a jig and I found that, for me, I need a little "give" in the tip. What I'm getting at here is I started off using my Powell Max 735C frog rod with an extra fast tip and I was missing some fish. I was "taking it away from them" before they had a chance to eat it fully. Now the rod works great for swim jigs for some guys, it has all the power you'll need to get them out of the thickest grass while still having enough tip to cast them very well. I could have either kept at it and taught myself to give them a second before setting the hook or switch rods, I switched rods. 

 

Since swimming a jig is super popular where I fish I simply started asking some of the more well respected fishermen in the area what type rods they were using. I know usually when you ask a question like that you get a wide range of answers but oddly enough this one was pretty close. Most use a 7' MH Fast action, of which several of the guys recommended the same rod. The older discontinued (cork handle) Shimano Clarus 7' MH Fast 12-20# 1/4-1 oz lures. I asked why this rod specifically because a few guys were adamant that it had to be this exact model, a Crucial or Compre wouldn't do it. They said it was "a little different and just right" in tip action to all the other Shimano rod lines even if the Crucial or Compre had the exact same length, action, power, lure, and line ratings.

 

So I went on my search for this rod, I couldn't really believe it but my own small town tackle shop had 2 still in stock. I happily grabbed one as I didn't really expect to find a brand new one especially 5 miles from my house. I wish now I would've gotten them both because after a year and a half fishing this rod it really is a fabulous swim jig stick. I know some guys will look down on this rod because it's a sub $100 rod but I'm serious when I say it really is a great rod.

 

I recently received (Christmas) a new Crucial CRC-77MHA 7'7" MH Fast action 12-20# 1/4-1oz. flipping rod that I'm very excited to try out for swimming a jig. The tip doesn't seem quite as soft as the older Clarus but I'm thinking it may do fairly well anyway. Sorry to have gone on for such a long post here, I just wanted to pass along a little bit of honest info on a great swim jig rod and I thought it needed a little explanation instead of just recommending the rod itself, especially since it's a hard to find rod.   

 

Oh and one last thing, I was told to ALWAYS use braid. 50# minimum 65# even better and a few guys suggested 80#. I've used 50# the entire time and I've not encountered any issues.      

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It's depends on the line i use when swimming a jig. If I'm using florocarbon i have been throwing a 7 ft MH Denali Jadewood or Rosewood. With 65# braid a 7 ft H Jadewood. I'll beef to rod up if I'm around thick grass or sharp rocks. Most of the time I'm throwing it in fairly open water.

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7 mh f or xf. it's not a really specific presentation so a wide range of rods will work.

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Your jig/ worm rod is good.

Tom

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That will be fine. I toss my swim jigs on multiple rods, basicly any thing I have in the 6'9"- 7' - 7'3" range that is MH in power will do for me.

This is kind of how I am too.  I don't have a specific rod for swimming jigs and the jigs I swim are generally lighter and less bulky than the "regular" jigs I fish.  I've got several MH F rods that I might fish a swim jig on.

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I throw them on various 7ft-7ft6 MH-H rods. Usually on braid due do vegetation 

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Denali Rods is by far the best jig rod Ive ever used. It is the MH Worm and Jig rod 7.ft. It has the best action, and the best tip action. Very light weight as well. Give em a try. Great rod selection, great price

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