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I have been throwing a swimjig and having some success. I am using Flourocarbon on a MH rod but not getting good hook sets. I was thinking about switching to braid with a Flourocarbon leader. Do you think I will get a better hook set? I don’t have any issues with a hook sets on regular jigs with Flourocarbon. What do you think?

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Are you hooking them and then they are coming off or are you getting bit and not even hooking them at all? Or are you catching the fish but they are barely hooked? I would say it is more of a hook or weed guard issue rather than a line or rod issue. A jig is only as good as its hook. If you switch some stuff around and you're still not having the success you want, just swim your jigs that you are hooking up well with. Your be surprised how good of an open water swim jig a football head is

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Line is not the issue here. Jigs require a good hook set. Reel down and get all the slack out and then hammer it home. 

 

I don't like using leaders with jigs either straight braid or straight fluro, too many knots otherwise.

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Swim jig tells me you are retreiving the jig when the bass strikes. You are having some success means you are catching bass doing this, but missing strikes or the bass gets off after your try to hook set, not getting good hook sets.

It's not the line, it's not the rod, it's your hook set technique.

Explain how you hook set?

Tom

 

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I use straight braid for swim jigs regardless of water clarity. 

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9 hours ago, WRB said:

Swim jig tells me you are retreiving the jig when the bass strikes. You are having some success means you are catching bass doing this, but missing strikes or the bass gets off after your try to hook set, not getting good hook sets.

It's not the line, it's not the rod, it's your hook set technique.

Explain how you hook set?

Tom

 

Agree

Check your set. 

I use either 20# Shooter or 30# braid depending on where I'm thowing. 

Its not the line. 

 

 

 

Mike

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Fluoro all the way

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I prefer fluoro for jigs, because I pause them a lot on the retrieve, and braid offers no feedback when it's slacked.

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Trailer too long, or weed guard too stiff?

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