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I throw Worm weights and split shot rigs between 1/8 oz - 3/8 oz. in my river. That seems to get it down to the fish well enough.

My river is 3' to 8' do and runs at about 1ft/sec most of the year.

Your results may vary.

 

 

Ps - football heads are the first to snag.

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My smallmouth fishing is done in a very rocky river in 6 feet or less and the skirted jig is my favorite way to catch them!

 

I fish a 3/16 ounce Strike King Bitsy Bug jig. BPS usually has them on sale during the Spring Classic (I’ve seen them as low as $1.39 - $1.69) and I stock up for the season. There are more expensive jigs with “better” hooks but don’t let anyone poo-poo these jigs until you try one. The 2/0 bronze hook is usually sticky sharp (and easily sharpened with a file) and won’t bend out with the appropriate rod power and line.

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I favor poisontail head jigs with a hybrid tie of rabbit zonker, bucktail and crop topped silicone. My weights tend to be 1/8 and 1/4. I also pour them with a modified EC SIckle hook since i like to fish them on my ML ST. Croix and 10/2 braid. When tbe water is cool i’ll switch to a straight bucktail that may or maynot have a weedguard on the same jigs. When i do this ive had alot of success tipping the jig with a live crawler. I’m going to experiment with some diff plastics this year to see if i can replicating results without dealing with live bait.
 

i have used bigger/ full skirted 1/4 and 3/8 oz jigs swimming and hopping them, but these mostly attract Northern Pike.

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13 hours ago, drakesndrum said:

 

Thanks for the "heads up". He has some nice tackle and close to my house in NE PA.  

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BOSS Fine Wire Finesse | FishingSkirts.com

 

Finesse Series | FishingSkirts.com

 

Make your own, get the $5 skirt making tool, some skirt bands and you have everything you need.

 

Allen

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On 2/10/2023 at 4:25 PM, roadwarrior said:

I'm a huge fan of a sparsely tied jig with bits of 3 and 4 materials. 

Usually bucktail, deer body, marabou, round rubber, silicone, dubbing.

It's all good if left to sit and work its magic in the cold soft water

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BOSS 3/16oz finesse heads with finecut silicone. Costs about $2 each for a jig and the only tool you need is $5 (pictured).

 

Allen 

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The discontinued Booyah Pro Boo Bug in 3/16 was a fish catching machine for me. I now make my own much cheaper than what I paid for them. I order finesse ball style heads from Lure Parts Online, they come already painted and ready to go. I buy skirt material from Drop Zone Fishing and make my own skirts. Put the skirt on the jig and go fishing. I can knock out 25 jigs in less than an hour, and they flat out work. I also make 1/8 and 5/16 sizes. 

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On 2/10/2023 at 3:25 PM, roadwarrior said:

Thanks!  You also led me to their flip/swim jig in 1oz.  In the summer, I throw a lot of 3/4oz dirty jigs cali swim jig and could use a heavier version for swimming along the bottom in 15' and that faster rof when working shallower.  Look forward to using both this year.

 

scott

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3 hours ago, Siebert Outdoors said:

 

Actually I have a question about jigs. For smallies, I am trying to find some finesse football head jigs 1/4~3/8oz, with a 3/0 hook, and living rubber skirt. Could you recommend some on your website? Thanks!

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1 hour ago, newapti5 said:

 

Actually I have a question about jigs. For smallies, I am trying to find some finesse football head jigs 1/4~3/8oz, with a 3/0 hook, and living rubber skirt. Could you recommend some on your website? Thanks!

 

I do not have a Football with that small of a hook but check out my Mini Jigs.  Its a roundball head and would work great for that.  It has a 2/0 hook.

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1 minute ago, Siebert Outdoors said:

 

I do not have a Football with that small of a hook but check out my Mini Jigs.  Its a roundball head and would work great for that.  It has a 2/0 hook.

 

I actually did last year. They're great jigs for finesse presentation, but with those rocky bottom of the river and creeks here, it just seems football heads are less prone to snags. Thanks!

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