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Skipping with a baitcaster.

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Tw3ak    7

My 2 cents. If your trying to learn to skip with a baitcaster, save yourself $$$$ . use cheap mono , buy a bulk spool. Leave all other rods at home. Get some living rubber jigs with hand tied skirts and superglue the trailer on. Have at it. Trying to pick out backlashes in braid is a nightmare. And expensive too. 

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Megastink    373

I have reached a point where I am confortable with skipping with a baitcaster. I skip frogs and jigs mostly, and skipping g that frog has won me some money. 

 

Although it's a system, I think that rod selection is very under considered when skipping. I like a rod with 20-30% tip. Loading up the tip on a roll cast is how I skip most of the time. If you want an idea of what I'm talking anout, pick up a 7'6" MH Duckett Micro Magic or a 7'4" H Duckett Triad and feel the give up tip: that's what I look for.

 

this technique is 1000% worth learning and can make a difference in your everyday fishing. 

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Fishin Dad    16

I bit the bullet and purchased 2 different Daiwa reels with SV spools this summer for skipping.   I do have braid on them and only get minor over runs once in a while.  I even skip weightless Senkos now on 15 pound braid.  I agree the rod also plays a factor and more tip does help.   I just make sure it also has enough backbone to drive a jig hook home.   This has definitely helped me catch more fish BUT it is also just much more comfortable and powerful to fish with casting rods.  I do still carry a spinning rod on back up.   

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clh121787    596

I learned with big soft swimbait (head smasher xl)rigged weedless with an owner beast. Its by far the farthest, best, easiest,most forgive bait to skip for me. From there I branched out to jigs frogs and chatter baits pegged texas rig beavers. 

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Bassin' Brad    155
3 hours ago, Tw3ak said:

My 2 cents. If your trying to learn to skip with a baitcaster, save yourself $$$$ . use cheap mono , buy a bulk spool. Leave all other rods at home. Get some living rubber jigs with hand tied skirts and superglue the trailer on. Have at it. Trying to pick out backlashes in braid is a nightmare. And expensive too. 

Welcome to the forums. Thanks, will keep that in mind. 

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Bluebasser86    15,915

I've been decent at skipping for awhile, but this year I bought a Daiwa Zillion TWS SV and it's made a huge difference in my distance and made backlashes almost none existent. I have it spooled with 15lb Tatsu, which I think really helps too. 

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Mike L    1,824
7 hours ago, Megastink said:

I have reached a point where I am confortable with skipping with a baitcaster. I skip frogs and jigs mostly, and skipping g that frog has won me some money. 

 

Although it's a system, I think that rod selection is very under considered when skipping. I like a rod with 20-30% tip. Loading up the tip on a roll cast is how I skip most of the time. If you want an idea of what I'm talking anout, pick up a 7'6" MH Duckett Micro Magic or a 7'4" H Duckett Triad and feel the give up tip: that's what I look for.

 

this technique is 1000% worth learning and can make a difference in your everyday fishing. 

Ditto 

 

 

 

Mike

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Tw3ak    7

My only point was 1. A jig is almost indestructible.  As im skipping trees not docks.very thick and close to the water. So I used cheap mono as so many branches cause for unavoidable collisions . I m not advocate any specific lure to catch fish. Just the economic choices to save cash. As for rods I use a med hvy rod because now I use braid with a soft tip. When they hit I reel down till I feel them then set the hook. I like braid as I can linewatch. My choice of big game was for economic reasons. .changed lines daily 20lb trilene big game. About 25 cents a spoolfull. I like 200 series reels 7.1 or faster.

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thebillsman    399
8 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I've been decent at skipping for awhile, but this year I bought a Daiwa Zillion TWS SV and it's made a huge difference in my distance and made backlashes almost none existent. I have it spooled with 15lb Tatsu, which I think really helps too. 

 

I have experienced the exact same thing except with a Tatula SV. It is unbelievable. I posted this elsewhere, but without any change in technique the Daiwa (coming from a Lews TP G) has unequivocally improved my ability to skip and pitch. It is an incredible tool to lessen the learning curve when starting to skip jigs. When the brake is set to 20 it is nearly impossible to backlash, and working your way down to the 8-10 range inspires serious confidence.

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