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I have a local pond that I know has some lunkers in it but the bottom is weedy, is there a jig that can be fished in a weedy mat city pond? If so, what won't get tangled in the underwater jungle?

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Glad you asked this.  Trying to figure out this jig thing as well.    I read the whole jig thread, and I think it said swim jigs can be used.   I am also wondering what some of the jig experts found has worked for them.   I know ripping out of weeds is great with bladed jigs, maybe the same for bottom dwelling jigs also??

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Usually the swim guard of a standard bass jig does the job fairly well, especially in jig designs where the weed guard extends close to the hook point. Those jigs that have an Arky, or pointy, head will slip through vegetation better than round or football head designs. Another option is the Strike King Swinging Swim Jig and others of similar construction that don't have a weed guard. The Swinging jig has instead an attached free swinging wide gap hook upon which the trailer can be Texas rigged in a weedless manner.

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Of all the lures in an angle's arsenal the jig is one of the simplest & yet the most over completed by angler's.

 

Working a jig through grass is more about angler technique than jig head design.

 

The hottest jig design around here for fishing grass is the football head!

 

It is believed that the extra commotion caused by working the football head through the grass attracts the bass's attention.

 

The biggest tip is to keep your cast as vertical as possible.

 

My personal favorite grass jig is Terry Oldham's Eye-Max but Siebert is elbowing it's way in.

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I'll actually fish a heavy jig in thick grass before a texas rigged flipping bait.  Like @Catt said, it's more about technique than head style.  You just have to understand...if you fish in grass, you're going to get grass on your baits.  There's just no way around it.  It's 100% worth it though, I promise you.

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I throw ALL of them in the weeds. I don't care about the style head. You're going to pull weeds off them regardless. 

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1 hour ago, RichF said:

I'll actually fish a heavy jig in thick grass before a texas rigged flipping bait.  Like @Catt said, it's more about technique than head style.  You just have to understand...if you fish in grass, you're going to get grass on your baits.  There's just no way around it.  It's 100% worth it though, I promise you.

 

This plus see below ?

 

Most anglers try forcing a jig through grass which is all wrong, you gotta finesse the jig through grass!

When you feel the jig starting to load up in the grass...stop. Release pressure, pull up until you feel heaviness again but apply slightly more pressure, then release, continue until the jig breaks free. You want the motion to be similar to & as fast as working a shaky head, you're just applying more pressure.

 

Jigs in grass is why I prefer a extra fast rod tip, I want to be able to apply pressure with using 1/2 my rod.

 

When you catch a bass in grass repeated cast to the same area is required!

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Two nights ago. The hydrilla in my local lake is dense down to about 14 feet. A quarter ounce bullet style swim jig head knifes right through that stuff.

 

 

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an underwater peek at the hydrilla on my local lake, this is at about 12 feet down

 

 

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22 hours ago, hawgenvy said:

Usually the swim guard of a standard bass jig does the job fairly well, especially in jig designs where the weed guard extends close to the hook point. Those jigs that have an Arky, or pointy, head will slip through vegetation better than round or football head designs. Another option is the Strike King Swinging Swim Jig and others of similar construction that don't have a weed guard. The Swinging jig has instead an attached free swinging wide gap hook upon which the trailer can be Texas rigged in a weedless manner.

Never heard of the swinging swim jig. I'll have to check em out. I'm guessing they're only available online. Being able to Texas rig a trailer on the swinging hook really intrigues me.

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12 hours ago, Catt said:

 

This plus see below ?

 

Most anglers try forcing a jig through grass which is all wrong, you gotta finesse the jig through grass!

When you feel the jig starting to load up in the grass...stop. Release pressure, pull up until you feel heaviness again but apply slightly more pressure, then release, continue until the jig breaks free. You want the motion to be similar to & as fast as working a shaky head, you're just applying more pressure.

 

Jigs in grass is why I prefer a extra fast rod tip, I want to be able to apply pressure with using 1/2 my rod.

 

When you catch a bass in grass repeated cast to the same area is required!

Never really thought about it like that. I'll have to try finessing it next time instead of slowly reeling it in to keep from getting snagged on the bottom. Also gonna start fishing them in some matted grass areas. Not too thick though at least until I can afford a medium heavy rod.

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if ur fishing power fishing from the bank any jig head will do.  if ur fishing slow and low i'd go with a dropshot.

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May have already been mentioned but I'll post it anyway. Use braided line in as light test as you can get away with in grass. It's small diameter will cut most grasses instead of sawing into it and hanging up.

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