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Look forward to this time of year out west when we breakout the 1 ton* jig. Our reserviors are being drawn down for the winter runoff during the rainy season, or (mismanaging my lake Casitas) and the crawdads are migrating deeper to the mud/clay lake bottom areas. The colder the water gets the more the crawdads are gathering up. This is 1 ton jig time, a 1 oz heavy brown skirt jig with brown/red crawdad trailer, it doesn't get any better for jig fisherman.

Everyone thinks is cold water so slow way down, the truth is it's crawdad feeding time for the big bass fattening up for winter and a faster bottom bumping retreive kicking up mud clouds like a crawdad escaping is what triggers more strikes.

I am setting at home wishing I was fishing 1 ton jigs instead of taking Advil and going nuts.

Tom

* In memory of Cooch, Andy Cuccia RIP

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Indeed. This time of year is a jig draggers paradise!

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@WRB you know me I throw a Jig-n-Craw year round!

 

But ya absolutely right, winter is jig time!

 

Our grass is dying off so it's time to transition over to wood.

 

Brown jig???

 

IDK! Maybe something like this with a Rage Lobster (cut 1" off) in Falcon Lake Craw!

 

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Crawdad colors with 2 claws, my lakes it's brown with dark redish brown trailers for crusty crawdads the bass are feeding up on. The heavier jig you feel the bottom better and can work it faster like a panic craw. No need to try and feel a light strike, it's chomp time!

Tom

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7 minutes ago, WRB said:

Crawdad colors with 2 claws, my lakes it's brown with dark redish brown trailers for crusty crawdads the bass are feeding up on. The heavier jig you feel the bottom better and can work it faster like a panic craw.

Tom

 

I cut 1" of the tail making the overall profile shorter 😉

 

 

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My go to flipping jig right now is 3/4oz. With rage craw trailer, flipping it tight to the bank

 

High muddy rivers and bass have migrated to backs of lakes. And empty boat ramps except for the occasional hunters

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@WRB and @Catt… they didn't want a thing to do with my usual green pumpkin jig with green pumpkin trailer, so I figured what the heck and dug out the brownest jig I had and added a Falcon Lake Craw menace trailer. First cast I caught this one and a few more followed on what was otherwise a pretty slow day. Thank you to two of our biggest legends on the forum. :D

 

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Well I got a question for the forum legends, I need to invest in some new jigs, what are ya'lls recommendations. I need a tough jig that can fish lots of timber, and hold up to mudfish chewing on them all day? I've been looking at seibert jigs and noticed quite a few people liking them... 

 

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Oldham's Jigs

Siebert's Grass N Swim & Sniper Jig XL

Lunker Lure's Triple Rattleback Flipping

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I would think living rubber wire tied would be the toughest material for toothy strong jawed fish. Silicone skirts have the most coloration so a combination of the 2 materials might be a consideration for durability with contrasting coloration.

I use bucktail hair jigs and they are no longer available over the counter, Punisher makes multi color craft hair jigs.

Tom

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On December 2, 2018 at 2:25 PM, Catt said:

 

I cut 1" of the tail making the overall profile shorter 😉

 

 

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The color looks a lot like RI's Big Texan except the 5 1/2"beaver cut off 2", has flappers and doesn't have claws. GYCB 5" DT grub in 284 Rootbeer is another goog late fall/winter color off about 1".

I like the color and the profile of the craw shown.

Tom

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2 hours ago, WRB said:

I like the color and the profile of the craw shown.

Tom

 

Everyone asks why don't I just use a 3" Rage Craw instead of buying a Lobster & cutting down to 3.5".

 

Cause the Lobster body is fatter & the claws are wider.

 

I want Big Momma to have a mouth full 😉

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12 minutes ago, Catt said:

 

Everyone asks why don't I just use a 3" Rage Craw instead of buying a Lobster & cutting down to 3.5".

 

Cause the Lobster body is fatter & the claws are wider.

 

I want Big Momma to have a mouth full 😉

I cut the tip off all of my trailers even when not necessarily wanting to shorten the bait. Just prefer the flat tip connecting to the jig head

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