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I am new to the use of mop head jigs (aka bass jigs) I have never once seen people using them in the michigan lakes I fish, do you think they are a good idea for this time of year in michigan?

In theory, I figure if others are not using them I could do good due to a new presentation to the bass in these lakes, or there could be a good reason no one is using them.

I want to add that they are bottom draggers not vertical jigs.

What do you think?

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Summer is one of the best times for jig fishing.

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3 hours ago, Siebert Outdoors said:

Summer is one of the best times for jig fishing.

That is what I have read.

I just wanted a few unbiased opinions. 

So craw trailer or straight jig without?

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Always use a trailer on a jig. Match the trailer to whatever your trying to imitate. Do bass feed on crayfish in your area? If so use a craw trailer to match the color. Jigs can Also be used to imitate bluegill, shad or any other baitfish you have. I would say that I catch more fish on a jig than any other bait. Its also the bait I'm throwing 90% of the time tho no matter what time of year it is.

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I'd probably start without. Being is summer a slightly smaller profile is what I would look at.

But if craws are a abundant food source where your fishing you might lean that way. Try one and see what happens if it's not performing try the other. 

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I always use a trailer. I vary the trailer to change the weight action or color.

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Go to the fishing tackle forum and read the stickied post about jigs. I think there's about 30 pages and it has tons if good info on jig fishing

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just cos you dont see them using one im willing to bet most have and continue to throw them. even if theres no crayfish in that lake i bet they will pounce on them.

 

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2 hours ago, detroithiker said:

Ok.

Do most of you drag or hop your jig.

I have seen videos mention one either one being the better, what do you folks think?

Dragging a jig is the best way to get bites cause you are not just pinpointing one spot. You are covering more area so its more likely to get bites. Dragging is great at the edge of a weed bed. BTW I always use a trailer on my jigs and if the lake you are fishing in has gobies try using a tube as a trailer. Its not the norm but can work. 

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4 hours ago, Gundog said:

Dragging a jig is the best way to get bites cause you are not just pinpointing one spot. You are covering more area so its more likely to get bites. Dragging is great at the edge of a weed bed. BTW I always use a trailer on my jigs and if the lake you are fishing in has gobies try using a tube as a trailer. Its not the norm but can work. 

Goby imitator...cool idea, I do have tubes

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This time of year there is a lot of heavy grass and pads where I fish, which makes your standard bass jig sort of a salad magnet. However, it's a good idea if the cover is more rocky and woody. Also if you're on shore, fishing a jig uphill isn't the most fun thing in the world.

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On 7/19/2016 at 4:34 PM, Cgrinder said:

This time of year there is a lot of heavy grass and pads where I fish, which makes your standard bass jig sort of a salad magnet. However, it's a good idea if the cover is more rocky and woody. Also if you're on shore, fishing a jig uphill isn't the most fun thing in the world.

Good advice, I will try sticking to using them from my kayak.

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On 7/18/2016 at 2:32 PM, riverbasser said:

Go to the fishing tackle forum and read the stickied post about jigs. I think there's about 30 pages and it has tons if good info on jig fishing

http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/12403-jig-fishing-questions/

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dragging is great on a clean or rocky bottom, if I am in weeds I will impart more jigging, popping and swimming

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