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I'VE NEVER CAUGHT A BASS ON A JIG!!!

Whew that was tough to say, but it's the truth. Caught em on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, tubes, hard baits, soft baits, real bait, even no bait (casting net) just never tried to use or learn jig fishing. I've got so much confidence with pitching Texas rigged soft plastics that I never even tie a jig on. So in an effort to become a better and more versatile fishermen I'm gonna throw jigs and trailers tomorrow till I catch a fish or my arm falls off. I have picked up a good selection of jigs and trailers in several colors, including some uncle joshes pork rinds, and paca craws, (I know rage tails are the greatest!) So since I have zero confidence, what would be some good recommendations for size shape and color? I'll be fishing murky water with apprx 3 ft visibility, mainly soft weedy bottom, with a lot of brush piles.

Football head?

Trim my skirt or fish it as is?

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I would either go with a 3/8 to 1/2 football or flipping style jig with a paca craw dip the ends of the claws in chartreuse scent of some sort jj's works great. Just flip everything that looks good and drag it around a little and more importantly just have fun! You will catch them! Also I do trim my skirts to about the very bottom of the hook.

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Wouldn't go with a football head if you're going to be fishing lots of brush. Shallow, murky water sounds like the perfect situation for a brush or arky jig, I'd probably go with 3/8oz in water that shallow and since the water temps are still pretty cold. Okeechobee craw is one of my favorite colors in stained waters, but any darker craw color works this time of year because the big gals are eating lots of craws to help with egg development. 

 

Personally I don't trim the skirt unless it's very long. If I want a more compact bait I'll switch to a finesse jig. 

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Football heads aren't good for brush or weeds, the arky style head or a heavy cover jig of some type would work. If you have 3' of visibility I would suggest starting with a small 1/4oz jig, that will get bit but if you have to get it down in water that is deeper than 5' then you have to go with a 3/8oz or 1/2oz.

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3/8-1/2oz black and blue brush jig is what I'd throw.  I would probably even trim it to make it a finesse skirted jig.

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I'VE NEVER CAUGHT A BASS ON A JIG!!!

Whew that was tough to say, but it's the truth. Caught em on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, tubes, hard baits, soft baits, real bait, even no bait (casting net) just never tried to use or learn jig fishing. I've got so much confidence with pitching Texas rigged soft plastics that I never even tie a jig on. So in an effort to become a better and more versatile fishermen I'm gonna throw jigs and trailers tomorrow till I catch a fish or my arm falls off. I have picked up a good selection of jigs and trailers in several colors, including some uncle joshes pork rinds, and paca craws, (I know rage tails are the greatest!) So since I have zero confidence, what would be some good recommendations for size shape and color? I'll be fishing murky water with apprx 3 ft visibility, mainly soft weedy bottom, with a lot of brush piles.

Football head?

Trim my skirt or fish it as is?

 

No, no football, keep it light, I'd do 1/4 or 5/16 with an Arkie or brush head, and a trailer that will flutter on the fall and swim when you pull it. This time of year, you'll be better off keeping the jig moving, rather than slow hopping it. A finesse or swim jig are also great choices.

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3 different colors, black/blue, black/char., or green pumpkin/red flake. Head styles, brush or poison. Both are great in your area. Don't forget rattles!

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3/8-1/2oz black and blue brush jig is what I'd throw.  I would probably even trim it to make it a finesse skirted jig.

 

I'd bet dollars to donuts he is using a black & blue Rage Tail Craw for the trailer, too!

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Hart Justice Jig! Its a 1/4 oz Jig. You can swim it, but its more for pitching and flipping. Black/blue with Hart craw chunk! Black/Chart! or Pumpkin! Just find out what color em finned freaks like! And to echo the other post! Do not forget your rattler!!!!

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You didnt mention water temp.

 

I have been doing well with a 1/8 oz arkie this spring if the bass are right on the bank or in the bruch near it. 6'6" medium Spinning rod works well. Color does not seem to matter much but greem pump is always good

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Bite was way slow. Still waiting for my favorite 60 acre lake to pick up. Ended up throwing a 1/4 green pumpkin/orange brush jig w/ a green pumpkin paca craw, and a 3/8 black/chartreuse brush jig w/ a rattle and a chart yum craw trailer. Had hits on both and had pinchers bitten off but no fish landed. Stuck to the gameplan and threw those 2 jigs from 9 am till 3. Skunked. Gets worse. Watched my girlfriend catch 2 on her pretty lil purple St Croix Avid with a pretty lil rainbow Quantum Energy pt throwing her magic 6" weightless pumpkinseed GYB wacky wonderbait!!! FACEPALM!!!

Beaten by a girl and a Senko again!!!

Those baits are like bass hot dogs!

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Use a 5/16oz Eakins style finesse jig in that same color that you have the most confidence in of your soft plastics. Trailers should be the same color to start in two different models; one with and one without action. Something like a Zoom super chunk which has minimal action and another with like a double tail grub, chigger craw, etc. I am sure you will get some specific recommendations here for trailers.

 

Allen

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