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What are your football jig weight/depths?

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FryDog62    298

Given relatively calm conditions, what weights are your football jigs at certain depths?  Curious to what other people have as a general guideline...

 

I typically will use 3/8 oz + trailer down to about 10-12 feet, then 1/2 ounce down to about 15-20 fow.  At 20-24 feet I go to 3/4 oz ... not sure when I'd go to an ounce since I don't fish deeper than that very often but would be good to get some opinions as I might be doing that in the near future. 

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BassNJake    156

I guess that depends on if they are biting it on the drag or on the drop.

 

I try to fish with as light of a weight as I can, while still maintaining feel on the bottom.

I'll use 1/2 ounce most of the time 15 feet or deeper.

 

I'll switch to something heavier if I lose feel or I want to change the rate of fall I'll go up or down with the weights.

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Munkin    588

3/4oz is what I use most of the time.

 

Allen

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bigbill    1,057

From shore, across rocky points, up rocky points I toss a football head 3/8oz in green pumpkin with a uncle josh pork green trailer. I walk it or hop it up points slowly. One side of the point is running current I slowly go across the point. I do find the bass deeper on top of the points too. As well as the slow side. I'm fishing 9' in the deepest area. I think the 3/8oz is perfect for the rate of fall on the hop for 9' deep. To me the weight adjusts the rate of fall for the depth.

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MrPeanut    33

I typically will throw 3/8 down to about 10-12ft; when deeper I'll go to the 1/2

 

I've been debating ordering some 3/4, but I'm not sure when I would throw them, since I rarely fish past the 20 ft mark in local lakes

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Bluebasser86    15,915

I use a 1/2oz a majority of the time, but I'll go to 3/4 if it's windy. 

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ww2farmer    4,111

1/2 oz. in cooler water (sub 60 degrees), no matter if I'm fishing 2 feet deep or 25+ feet deep, and 3/4 oz in warmer water (above 60 degrees), again not dependent on depth. I want a football jig on the bottom. I will adjust rate of fall with skirt bulk, line size, and my trailer.

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thebillsman    399

1/4oz with 3/0 or 4/0 hook. Don't understand the infatuation with such heavy jigs..

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J Francho    9,981

Mostly 1/2 and 3/4.  Depends on wind/drift.

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Gundog    1,726

3/8 to 1/2 oz. depending on the wind. Depth doesn't matter as much to me. But wind affects the feel of the bait I'm dragging. 

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BassNJake    156
2 hours ago, thebillsman said:

1/4oz with 3/0 or 4/0 hook. Don't understand the infatuation with such heavy jigs..

It's not an infatuation, it is a necessity.

When you're fishing 20 feet deep with current being pulled and a 15 MPH wind in your face a 1/2oz wont cut it.

Many times I'll fish it up the ledge so I'm actually throwing into 30 feet and dragging/hopping it up the ledge.

 

 

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Ktho    361

I'll pretty much always use 3/8 and only go to 1/2 when it gets really really windy. I'm most commonly fish them dragging bottom in 25-40ft. 

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padon    28
13 hours ago, thebillsman said:

1/4oz with 3/0 or 4/0 hook. Don't understand the infatuation with such heavy jigs..

When I'm fishing a football jig I want it on bottom .period.I don't worry about drop speed etc.also a lot of the lakes I SE Pennsylvania are pretty shallow ( I live there) so the heavy weights aren't really necessary but when I fish in MD  it's common during the hot summer to fish 30 feet plus...and some wind and a 1/2 or 3/4 is useful.

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WRB    7,067

I use my 7/16 oz jig from 1' to 45' under normal light wind fishing conditions. The deep the water the smaller the line diameter gets, start with 12 lb, then 10 lb and go down to 8 lb during the winter cold water period for 35 to 45'. The lakes I fish are deep structure rock with sparse weed or brush cover. I am not in a hurry, my jigs will get down into deeper water.

Depth is a factor I spend time to determine. Summer we have thermocline layers that are usually between 25' to 35' deep, so most of the day time big bass are in those depths and where I am fishing. 

Shad tend move into shallow water during the dark hours and crawdads are nocturnal so night and low light periods like dawn and dusk we have a good shallow water bite from 1' to 15'.

If the bass want something falling faster a change to a 5/8 oz jig or in the wind may go to 3/4 oz.

Tom

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ww2farmer    4,111
13 hours ago, thebillsman said:

 Don't understand the infatuation with such heavy jigs..

That's because you don't understand a lot of things. 

 

A heavy jig is a tool for certain situations. Just like a light jig is a tool for certain situations.

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thebillsman    399
27 minutes ago, ww2farmer said:

That's because you don't understand a lot of things. 

 

A heavy jig is a tool for certain situations. Just like a light jig is a tool for certain situations.

 

mmm, love me some passive aggression. 

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Tw3ak    7

Let the fish tell you what they want. Don't get caught up in what's normal for a given situation.

  The most important advise I can give regarding jig fishing is use line you can see be a line watcher. And when they bite reel in till you feel them then set hard..

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Weedwhacker    187

like most here I use 1/2 oz most of the time. heavier if its windy. if I am using a football jig, I want to keep in contact with bottom, usually rip rap or rocky banks, so rate of fall is not as important. 

If I wanted to swim the jig, I would go to a different style and usually go lighter.

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