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What is the best skipping jig? I used the Strike King Structure Jig which skips very well but the hookup ratios are terrible (And I snapped it off). What jigs do you use to skip?

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I don't skip jigs a lot, but when i do i use seibert's dock rocker jig.

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I did use a 1/4 oz arky or stanley depending on what I was skipping under, but since the new lead ban in Massachusetts. Ive been forced to use the cheapo 1/4 oz tin eagle claws, as a good 1/4 oz has eluded me so far. They work, but im sure someone is pouring a better one.

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The trailer has more of an impact on skip-ability than head shape.  Use a wider/flat trailer like a beaver as opposed to a skinny/narrow trailer like a rage craw.  It still doesn't make a huge difference, but I'd focus more on trailer than head shape....Just pick a jig that you like.  Longer skirts and longer or extra 'flappy' trailers can cost you some distance too as they drag on the surface more.  I generally try to keep my jigs a little more compact when skipping.  

Having said all that...The real key is practice.  It's 95% ability, 5% tackle.  

Since you asked for a specific recommendation...The @Siebert Outdoors Dock Rocker is an excellent all around jig, I use that head shape for just about everything.  If you get it with the Deep Throat hook (Dredge) it seems to hold the trailer a little better when skipping due to the angle of the bend.  

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Flat ones or lighter ones....Arkie Jigs skip well and are good for swimming or pitching, I have a few jigs that have heads like on the slider Jig heads,and they are awesome for skipping and weedless so you can rifle them far back in the bushes etc....

If you look at skipping Jigs, they usually have heads like Swim Jigs, but the trailer helps with skipping, some trailers allow you to skip a jig better, but it really comes down to rod angle and practice. I am really good at losing Jigs when skipping docks/Shorelines because I always try to make the cast to the spot that if I get a strike, since nobody else has made the cast, I have a 10% chance of getting the fish in,or odds are I will just get snagged.....

So I usually skip Tubes. Much Cheaper to lose. They also stay on the shank easy. Another benefit of a tube with weight inside, if you mess up a skip, you won't spook all the fish when the bait smashes the water and you tick off your partner because it is really loud. Tubes cause less commotion and fish usually smash them just as good as  a jig in tight spots.

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IMO, a tube jig with a sixty degree line tie is one of the easiest to skip with.  You can vary the size tube you use from 3.5in. to 5in. and rig them with the hook either exposed or 'stupid' style.  Add a rattle, or stuff the tube with a packing peanut for a slow, enticing fall.  With the right tackle, you can skip a tube under and out the opposite side of a dock with little effort.

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14 hours ago, Logan S said:

It's 95% ability, 5% tackle.  

I agree with your point, but I have to say it's gotta be more than 5% tackle. You can't skip a 10xd I don't care who you are! :lol:

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7 hours ago, j bab said:

I agree with your point, but I have to say it's gotta be more than 5% tackle. You can't skip a 10xd I don't care who you are! :lol:

Point taken :D...If I had a 10XD I might try it as a challenge though!

What I meant by 5% tackle is that if you know what you're doing the rod/reel/line/bait doesn't matter a whole lot for 'normal' skipping scenarios.  The shape of the jighead isn't going turn a flop into a skip.  

 

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Logan is spot on.  I skip jigs A LOT.  While some do work a little better than others, it really comes down to technique and skill.  Practice, practice, practice!

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3 hours ago, Logan S said:

The shape of the jighead isn't going turn a flop into a skip.  

Excellent point. I know that's the truth because all my skips are flops no matter what tackle I use :P 

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