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I bought my first jig a couple of weeks ago and didn't know much about them. I ended up buying a swim jig and didn't know how to use. I ended up dragging it on the bottom and I caught a lot of fish. It ended up getting snagged. After it got snagged I found out that I had the wrong kind of jig for how I was fishing. Now I'm wondering what kind of jig I should use for dragging on a soft bottom.

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football head or arkie style head . then again if you're catching fish , use what's working ...

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With a soft/muck bottom, a jig with the line tie above its center will get bogged down less than one with the tie at the nose. So will a lighter jig, or one with a slow fall rate.  You had good success with a swim jig, so if there's any weeds you occasionally run across, I'd stick with that. Otherwise, either of the above are good choices.                                                                     

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A light arky jig is what I use on a soft bottom. The football jig can work as well as long as you keep it light as well otherwise the wide head ends up pushing too much mud/silt.

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17 hours ago, Kbissonnette98 said:

I bought my first jig a couple of weeks ago and didn't know much about them. I ended up buying a swim jig and didn't know how to use. I ended up dragging it on the bottom and I caught a lot of fish. It ended up getting snagged. After it got snagged I found out that I had the wrong kind of jig for how I was fishing. Now I'm wondering what kind of jig I should use for dragging on a soft bottom.

 

Apparently the bass liked your choice & their opinion is the only one that matters!

 

Last couple years I started throwing swim jigs more & one thing I'll do with em is when I see productive looking dense cover I'll flip/pitch it right in there. But according to the technique specific mindset that's the "wrong" jig. Oh by the way I do something with my spinnerbait!

 

Sooner or later all jigs get snagged ?

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11 hours ago, Catt said:

 

Oh by the way I do something with my spinnerbait!

 

I almost prefer to throw a spinnerbait into snaggy cover over a jig, I swear they get caught up a lot less and when they do the wire has enough flex to let me pop it free.  

 

Has anyone ever made a pitching-specific spinnerbait?  Heavy head, large colorado blade to slow the fall, something like that? 

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3 hours ago, Bunnielab said:

 

I almost prefer to throw a spinnerbait into snaggy cover over a jig, I swear they get caught up a lot less and when they do the wire has enough flex to let me pop it free.  

 

Has anyone ever made a pitching-specific spinnerbait?  Heavy head, large colorado blade to slow the fall, something like that? 

 

Stanley use to make a single spin with a Wedge Colorado blade, Hildebrandt Go Getter is another good one.

 

I actually use a big willow leaf, letting helicopter down!

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