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I know jigs are great baits, but I don't have confidence in them. Can someone tell me how to fish them? Not football jigs but flipping and casting jigs. Thanks! Sorry for the accidental double post by the way. You can delete one of them

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I know jigs are great baits, but I don't have confidence in them. Can someone tell me how to fish them? Not football jigs but flipping and casting jigs. Thanks!

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Look for the sticky 

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This is a thread I made for people in your situation:

If you don't want to read the post, I would suggest learning how to effectively fish texas rigs and other soft plastics before you start with jigs; for some reason there seems to be less of a learning curve with them. Once you've gained confidence in them, start exclusively throwing jigs in the areas you've been catching them on. You'll hang on pretty quick. Good luck!

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Jigs are the easiest bait to fish but the hardest to learn. The reason is because the casting and flipping jig is not a numbers bait, it typically catches the larger fish and sometimes the fish just won't hit a jig. In order to get confidence you have to catch fish with it, in order to do that you need a jig that will attract more bites versus larger bites. Go with a jig like a Strike King Bitsy Bug or Booyah Pro Boo Bug jig, the Bitsy bug you can get in 3/16oz and 1/4oz and the Booyah in a 3/16oz and a 5/16oz. I've been making jigs for close to 20 years, I recommend those two because they have smaller profiles that draw more strikes and for a trailer I'd use the tiny paca chunk or the Zoom super chunk Jr. size. The tiny paca is the perfect size for the 3/16oz abd the super chunk Jr. is great with a 1/4oz of 5/16oz jig. Use those jigs and fish high percentage areas like laydowns and deadfalls, next to boulders or under overhanging trees, basically some sort of visible cover that you know holds fish or has had fish on it in the past. The easiest way to start is the lift and drop, after you make the cast and you jig hits the bottom, slowly reel until you take the slack out of your line and then lift your rod from 3 o'clock position to the 1 o'clock and as you lower your rod for the next lift, reel in the slack at the same time so you maintain contact with that bait. By doing that you'll learn what the jig feels like as it falls and what it feels like to lift and if you feel anything different you will set the hook. Once you catch a few fish like that you will get confidence to try slow dragging, or hopping your jig but until you get more confidence just focus on the lift and drop like fishing a worm.

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7 minutes ago, Senko lover said:

This is a thread I made for people in your situation:

If you don't want to read the post, I would suggest learning how to effectively fish texas rigs and other soft plastics before you start with jigs; for some reason there seems to be less of a learning curve with them. Once you've gained confidence in them, start exclusively throwing jigs in the areas you've been catching them on. You'll hang on pretty quick. Good luck!

Thanks for the info, I think I have the Texas rig down so I'm trying to learn a jig now

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21 minutes ago, trick worms said:

Thanks for the info, I think I have the Texas rig down so I'm trying to learn a jig now

Quite trying to separate the two!

I keep a Texas Rig & a Jig-n-Craw tied on 24/7/365!

I cast, flip, pitch, & punch them the same!

Many anglers will tell you a jig bite aint like you get with a Texas rig but it is so get that notion out your head!

Like a Texas Rig those bumps, thumps, tics, & taps are the easy ones to detect it's the ones where the bass inhales your jig without any tell-tale sign or line movement. I say now is the time to bring forth all your expertise on feeling subtle bites stored away in your brain from Texas rigs.

Some will even tell ya a bass will feel the hardness of the jig & quickly reject it, to that I answer what does a jig represent? A crawfish which has a hard outer shell (your jig) & soft enter flesh (your skirt & trailer)!

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11 minutes ago, Catt said:

Quite trying to separate the two!

I keep a Texas Rig & a Jig-n-Craw tied on 24/7/365!

I cast, flip, pitch, & punch them the same!

Many anglers will tell you a jig bite aint like you get with a Texas rig but it is so get that notion out your head!

Like a Texas Rig those bumps, thumps, tics, & taps are the easy ones to detect it's the ones where the bass inhales your jig without any tell-tale sign or line movement. I say now is the time to bring forth all your expertise on feeling subtle bites stored away in your brain from Texas rigs.

Some will even tell ya a bass will feel the hardness of the jig & quickly reject it, to that I answer what does a jig represent? A crawfish which has a hard outer shell (your jig) & soft enter flesh (your skirt & trailer)!

Thanks! When fishing Texas rigs I line watch to detect bites. Does the same aply for jigs?

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2 minutes ago, trick worms said:

Thanks! When fishing Texas rigs I line watch to detect bites. Does the same aply for jigs?

Line watching is ONE way to help detect that a bass has your bait but definitely NOT the only way.

The "weight" of the bait (as it feels on the end of your line) is perhaps a more reliable approach, especially at night.

:ph34r:

There's a TON of threads on the subject - go ahead and read through a few of them.

You'll be glad to did.

A-Jay

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12 minutes ago, trick worms said:

Thanks! When fishing Texas rigs I line watch to detect bites. Does the same aply for jigs?

QUITE! Trying to separate the two!

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16 minutes ago, Catt said:

QUITE! Trying to separate the two!

 Quit it!

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2 minutes ago, Ktho said:

 Quit it!

Why?

He ain't paying attention! 

To what I said or how I spelled it ;)

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Like others have said,adding a trailer to a jig helps draw more bites.

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