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I have only been fishing now for a few years.  I mostly fish from the bank and use only medium power rods. i mostly fish with Ned rigs and wacky rigs.  Every now and then a spinner or in-line spinner. i want to get into jig fishing. I am guessing I would need a Medium Heavy rod but what kind of line and jigs should i stake with? the area I mostly fish is an old sand quarry and is either covered with vegetation or really rocky. 

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Medium heavy, fast or extra fast 

 

Line; dealer's choice 

 

Jigs: Siebert Outdoors 

 

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Spinning or baitcasting?

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There are many ways to skin that cat. Here's mine:

 

7' casting MH-M/F rod. Reel is your choice, but I keep my drag set tight. I'd use a quality reel just because this is guerilla warfare. You'll hook some bruisers in heavy cover.

30# braid with a 5' or so leader of 15# Big Game mono (leader is not strictly necessary around here, but might be in clearer water). It's very strong, but will allow you to break off if you need to. 

An Arky headed jig in black/blue and one in brown should do the job almost all the time.

Whatever trailer you like, really. I'm partial to the Chigger Craw.

 

Get lots of practice and set the hook very hard. Harder than you think is necessary. They'll still come off sometimes even when you think you did.

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I fish from the bank with jigs all the time. I like Med-Hvy, Fast. braid to a fluro leader and start sticking them!

 

Seibert Outdoors is my go-to for jigs also.. If you're new to fishing jigs I suggest starting with 1/4oz jigs to get confidence in the bait.

 

Good luck.

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3 hours ago, NiX said:

I fish from the bank with jigs all the time. I like Med-Hvy, Fast. braid to a fluro leader and start sticking them!

 

Seibert Outdoors is my go-to for jigs also.. If you're new to fishing jigs I suggest starting with 1/4oz jigs to get confidence in the bait.

 

Good luck.

This ^^^^

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If you want to start trying it with your current gear, grab a couple strike king bitsy bugs and attach a small trailer. I’ve caught many bass from the bank on these using medium rods and 12 lb mono. It will let you get a taste for it before buying a bunch of gear. 

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5 hours ago, Catt said:

Medium heavy, fast or extra fast 

 

Line; dealer's choice 

 

Jigs: Siebert Outdoors 

 

^^^^^^^^^       ‘bout sums it up....

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For me I, if I am fishing from the bank I like a 6'6'' or 6'8'' rod x-fast MH with 12-15lb FC line.  I like the Terminator Pro series and of course Sieberts.

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My jig set up is a 6'6" mh-f casting rod, 8:1 reel, 30lb braid (trying 15lb big game mono this year), and a 3/8-1/2oz jig with something like a pit boss, brush hog, sweet beaver, or just a chunk trailer. Works well in the shaded areas in the summer, hence the shorter rod,those trees are unforgiving 

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11 hours ago, Catt said:

Medium heavy, fast or extra fast 

 

Line; dealer's choice 

 

Jigs: Siebert Outdoors 

 

X3.  

 

My setup :

7' mh-f st croix avid 

8:1 tatula ct

20# abrasx or invisx

3/8 siebert dredge brush jigs black or brown 

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My go to jig setup

 

7’3” kistler Helium heavy

40 Lb power pro

1/2 oz custom made flipping jig

rage menace trailer

 

but I fish heavy cover and pads in shallow water 

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I learned to jig fish with a 7' M/F St. Croix Premier, 200B Curado, and 15lb mono with a Strike King Bitsy Bug or Denny Brauer Pro Model jig. The Bitsy Bug works just fine on a M/F. 

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20 hours ago, Catt said:

Medium heavy, fast or extra fast 

 

Line; dealer's choice 

 

Jigs: Siebert Outdoors 

 

Thanks for the info.  is it better to jig around rocks or grass?

20 hours ago, the reel ess said:

There are many ways to skin that cat. Here's mine:

 

7' casting MH-M/F rod. Reel is your choice, but I keep my drag set tight. I'd use a quality reel just because this is guerilla warfare. You'll hook some bruisers in heavy cover.

30# braid with a 5' or so leader of 15# Big Game mono (leader is not strictly necessary around here, but might be in clearer water). It's very strong, but will allow you to break off if you need to. 

An Arky headed jig in black/blue and one in brown should do the job almost all the time.

Whatever trailer you like, really. I'm partial to the Chigger Craw.

 

Get lots of practice and set the hook very hard. Harder than you think is necessary. They'll still come off sometimes even when you think you did.

Thank you very much for the info. I have a few jigs but they are all 3/4oz booyah and either black and blue or green pumpkin. is there a reason you choose mono or a FC leader?

 

Thats the best joke ever!

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9 hours ago, LCG said:

My jig set up is a 6'6" mh-f casting rod, 8:1 reel, 30lb braid (trying 15lb big game mono this year), and a 3/8-1/2oz jig with something like a pit boss, brush hog, sweet beaver, or just a chunk trailer. Works well in the shaded areas in the summer, hence the shorter rod,those trees are unforgiving 

The area I'm fishing is either heavy rocks from the old quarry or thick grass.  

15 hours ago, The Fisher said:

This ^^^^

Thank you

15 hours ago, GReb said:

If you want to start trying it with your current gear, grab a couple strike king bitsy bugs and attach a small trailer. I’ve caught many bass from the bank on these using medium rods and 12 lb mono. It will let you get a taste for it before buying a bunch of gear. 

i do have 2 casting rods that are both medium power but i dont know how the action is.  My Abu Garcia has 12lb FC on it right now.

15 hours ago, GReb said:

If you want to start trying it with your current gear, grab a couple strike king bitsy bugs and attach a small trailer. I’ve caught many bass from the bank on these using medium rods and 12 lb mono. It will let you get a taste for it before buying a bunch of gear. 

Im gong to give that a shot. i have two casting rods now. my Abu Garcia has 12lb FC on it. all the jigs i currently own are all 3/4oz.  Are there any colors you would recommend? Black/Blue. Brown. Green Pumpkin.  Green pumpkin has been working for me on the lake. 

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@jrwerner310 There is a widely held belief that straight braid is too visible and bigger (more educated) fish will shy away from it. This may or may not be true all the time, but why take the chance. I use a surgeon's knot to join the leader. Dbl-uni works great, but surgeon's is easier and quicker. The water is not clear enough here for me to use FC. The mono will also allow you to break off the jig if you get hopelessly hung up deeper than you can reach. Big Game is cheap and strong. If I were fishing in some really heavy vegetation, I would use straight braid. I usually use 3/16 or 1/4 oz. jigs with grass heads because I fish some grassy places. But the Arky head is the all-season head for almost all situations. The all-terrain jig. I have some plain weedless Arky heads that I sometimes rig with a plain Chigger Craw or a Yamamoto Hula Grub.

 

You asked someone else, but I find it best to use the jig around wood. Overhanging brush is killer as well as flooded timber. Whenever you come across weeds or lilies and some wood cover or structure, that's a killer spot. I just do better with it hitting specific targets.

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1 hour ago, jrwerner310 said:

is it better to jig around rocks or grass?

 

Rocks, grass, lily pads, timber, brush, boat docks, & everywhere!

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I fish a glx 7’1” 852 for finesse jigs and a glx 7’5” 894c for my main jig rod from boat and bank

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2 hours ago, Catt said:

 

Rocks, grass, lily pads, timber, brush, boat docks, & everywhere!

How about a finesse jig or a traditional jig.

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9 minutes ago, jrwerner310 said:

How about a finesse jig or a traditional jig.

 

I throw jigs everywhere  😉

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2 minutes ago, Catt said:

 

I throw jigs everywhere  😉

i guess i was wondering more about when and where to throw a finesse jig or a traditional one? i do not get the difference between the two.  

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19 minutes ago, jrwerner310 said:

i guess i was wondering more about when and where to throw a finesse jig or a traditional one? i do not get the difference between the two.  

Finesse has a light wire hook and typically a lighter head. It’s made to throw on lighter line and rods in clearer water. 

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2 minutes ago, GReb said:

Finesse has a light wire hook and typically a lighter head. It’s made to throw on lighter line and rods in clearer water. 

the lake i fish is really clear. ive had really good luck on a ned rig. ill have to try a finesse jig then.

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