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Looking for a good all-around jig to use to practice and get better at jig fishing. Looking for advice?

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Basically the title, I'm dedicating this season to throwing mainly jigs until I'm confident in them. As a part of this, I'm looking for some that I can keep tied on and find success on, regardless of what kind of water I'm fishing (a tall order, I know). So after a bit of research, I stumbled upon Siebert Outdoors and from what I have read, there is really no other option when it comes to quality jigs at a good price. As it stands, I'm interested in buying the dredge dock rocker jig pack in 3/8oz. The description says it's a great all-around jig, capable of being fished in weeds, rocks, brush, and flipping/pitching. Plus the colors that come in the pack look hard to beat, and cover what I imagine would be most of my bases. 

 

What do you guys think? Are there any other better options for me, or should I pull the trigger with Siebert? Thanks in advance!

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The 3/8 dredge dock rocker is perfect for you -- buy that 5 jig set with confidence. get them with the wire tie option for better skirt durability

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Tough to beat a small finesse jig with a Zoom Creepy Crawler trailer. It will get more bites than the bigger jigs. Booyahs Baby Boo jig is a cheap, no frills finesse jig that I always have tied on when i need bites. It will help you get confidence in jigs. 

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No jigs are better than the pepper jigs from Pepper Custom Baits. Three colors are really all you need, green pumpkin, clear lake special (an orange brown jig) and black blue. Get a jig in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 ounce for each color. A matching rage or paca chunk for water in the upper 50s and higher, and a zoom super chunk for colder water is the way to go.

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I am partial to seiberts, terminator pro series, and fat sack tackle jigs. All are under $4 and come with good hooks and good colors. A jig is only as good as the hook it has. 

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All Terrain Tackle is also a quality option at a good price. 

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I won an assortment of siebert outdoors jigs from here last summer. While they are all awesome quality, I am pretty partial to the brush jigs. I throw them into a lot of lay downs and such and they work really well for that. 

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I can't provide you any advice since I just started fishing jig as well. I started with 1/4 oz finesse jig (siebert sniper and strik king) pair with baby menace as trailer and get pretty good result so far. I fish pretty shallow 5-10 feet, and finesse football jig seem to get less hang up.

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When it comes to jigs everyone has their  personal repertoire of confusion!

 

What I look for in a jig is a smooth transition from the line to the eye & around the belly, which requires the eye to be slightly rolled forward. The reasoning is I want my jig to follow the line up to the cover & then slide over or through the cover smoothly. I want a quality brush/weed guard & a quality hook, both are more important to me than head design.

 

Also look at the gap from the eye to the hook point, the greater that distance the faster solid hookups.

 

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I am fairly new to jigs, but a lot of people have recommended an Arkie head black and blue or Green Pumpkin.  Read the stickies above!

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I put over $50 into my cart at Siebert Outdoors, but it is still trying to charge me $7.50 for shipping.  How do I get a free ship code?

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I have been a Siebert's fan for over a decade.  Having said that, I don't think it matters too much what jig you start with as long as it is a decent quality jig.  I would purchase the following:  

  • A few finesse jigs
  • A few more jigs in the 3/8s to 5/8s range (just one size but a few jigs of that size from that range) 
  • A subtle trailer for really cold water (30s to 40s) like a chunk trailer or something else with subtle movement
  • A more active trailer for warmer water  (Someone mentioned the Rage Menace above.  I have found it to be a very effective trailer as well as the Rage Craws for water 50 degrees and above.)   

You don't have to buy these brands.  Just buy something similar that floats your boat, and then spend time fishing it until you get it.  Fish a smaller body of water that you know has a good population of bass and catch a few.  You will get it if you stick with it.  :)

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8 hours ago, Catt said:

When it comes to jigs everyone has their  personal repertoire of confusion!

 

What I look for in a jig is a smooth transition from the line to the eye & around the belly, which requires the eye to be slightly rolled forward. The reasoning is I want my jig to follow the line up to the cover & then slide over or through the cover smoothly. I want a quality brush/weed guard & a quality hook, both are more important to me than head design.

 

Also look at the gap from the eye to the hook point, the greater that distance the faster solid hookups.

 

I agree! I am obsessed with the line tie position and line tie angle on the head of the jig for my particular cover that I am going through.  

 

However, I never really cared about the brush guard.  I usually trim it down to as light as possible for the cover/application.  Do you find there to be many different brush guards? I am used to stiff black ones and the medium soft clear ones.  Any information would be appreciated.

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I have been using a Santone swim jig for a couple of years now, and it has been pretty versatile for me as I have been learning to fish a bass jig. The head is flat on the bottom, which in theory lets it stand up briefly if hopped along. I have fished it as a swim jig and bounced it along with some success.

 

I have bought other brands and styles since then that I will be working with some more this year to figure out what works best and when for me, but so far the Santone is the one I will tie on when I am indecisive on how I want to fish or am trying to figure out if the bass are chasing or tight to bottom.

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As Catt mentioned in his replies everyone has a different set of needs when selecting a jig for how they fish it.

For example I don't like weed guards! The reason is a weed guards protects the hook point from snags and .....hook sets! Fiber style weed guards are necessary when jig fishing cover that snags the hook point and work OK depending on how stiff they are for that particular type of cover. Where I fish 90% of the time it's deep rocky structure with sparse cover so I don't use a fiber type weed guard. The fact I also make long casts fishing a jig more horizontal then verticle the hook length becomes critical, longer works better then a compact shorter hook design.

For me the typical bass jig with a fiber weed guard isn't a good choice, a football type jig works better unless there is heavy cover. So, I use 2 head designs, my own modified football jig and a flipping style compact design. Whatever jig I use it will have the sharpest strong hook available.

Starting with Siebert Outdoors is a good plan. 

Good luck.

Tom

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When my brother first started using a jig, he would throw the Strike King Bitsy Bug a lot.  Its a small jig, so it gets a lot of bites(at least where I fish).  It was good a way for him to build up confidence in his presentation and then move up to a larger jig.

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9 hours ago, Tizi said:

I put over $50 into my cart at Siebert Outdoors, but it is still trying to charge me $7.50 for shipping.  How do I get a free ship code?

Send them a message through Facebook 

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Arky or a ball head are overall the most versatile IMO to start with. As for colors the best advice ever was given to me by an old timer when I was in Missouri for training in the Army. His advice was to fish jigs in the same color as soft plastics that work for you. While as simple as can be that was a game changer for me with jig fishing. After taking his advice I caught more fish in one trip than I had in the previous 8 years of fishing jigs.

 

Allen 

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A super sharp hook is more important to me than head shape. There are so many on the market it can be confusing. Try 2 or 3 and see what works well for you.If I had to pick one jig for year around use, it would be an original arkie bucktail jig. Black, 1/4 oz. This has worked best overall in 30 + years.

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I really like the 1/2 Strike King Structure Jig

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So many good ideas listed here. I'd only add what has already been said by several posters and that is to start on the finesse end of things, purchase lighter jigs employing smaller plastic trailers, and learn with these first: rigging the plastics, presentation, where to present it, feeling the bite, setting the hook. I suppose someone could learn with a 1 oz. jig, just a bit harder I think.

 

I'd also start with short and up-close presentations, pitching into tough areas, banks with sharp fall-offs. I'd add any longer casting last.

 

Colors? Three, I think: green pumpkin, black & blue and a final one with plenty of orange in it. 

 

And, the plastics don't have to match the jig color. It is quite okay to put a black and blue trailer on a green pumpkin jig.

 

Too, something similar I am experimenting with called a "slither rig" and I see several makers of these . . . it is simply a tungsten bullet weight with an attached skirt. It is generally pegged with a rubber stopper up above the weight so it is all held together, then you add whatever hook you prefer, whatever plastic. The supposed advantages? Penetrates mats better with slightly lighter weightings, a bit more weedless, and since the hook isn't fixed to a weighted head, it seems to set hooks a bit easier, sort of kicks or flares on a hook-set and sticks the fish a bit better. Experimenting! Another post one day soon with results.    Best of luck!  Brad

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37 minutes ago, G-Man Outdoors said:

I really like the 1/2 Strike King Structure Jig

Me Too.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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Just go buy some inexpensive jigs .  Its unlikely  i have ever paid over two dollars for a jig . 

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On March 21, 2018 at 6:14 AM, Catt said:

When it comes to jigs everyone has their  personal repertoire of confusion!

 

Quote of the month. I want the Tshirt!

 

1/4 oz swim jig,

3/8 Arkye,

1/2 brush

3/4 football

 

You can catch fish pretty much every where with those 4, of course for certain specific places and times, something somewhat different might work better.

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