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Pig-N-Jig Green-Horn askin' "Which Jig is Best?"

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What is a good set-up(Both "Pig" and "Jig") to use in general, and for begginers? Please include brands and colours! I have herd real pork is better when it is colder and plastic is better when it is warmer is this true? Which have the best, sharpest sharpest hooks, and is there anything I can do to keep them that way??? What about Sents and rattles, which are the best and what is the purpus????????????????????

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Are you ready for 100 different answers???? ;D

Everybody has there favorite. That being said, a good quality SHARP hook is probably more important in a jig than any other bait.

My personal all around favorite is a 1/2 oz Booyah Boo jig (color #17 - watermelon pumpkin) with some sort of green hula grub trailer.

This jig has a descent hook, but the main reason is the color. It just works in the waters I fish.

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Depends on where I am fishing river or lake? But the jigs I use most; brown/pumkinseed, 5/16oz Eakins with a zoom super chunk jr trailer in green pumkin or a 3/8oz solid black, black zoom super chunk trailer.

Allen

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If you are just learning, a good jig to start with is the old standard black with a blue trailer. I use a " flippin blue " color made by Zoom ( Super Chunk ). Stay with a heavier jig for awhile such as a 1/2oz because it is easier to pitch and flip. Just remember, casting jigs have finer wire hooks than flippin jigs. Also, step over to a hair jig in 1/4 oz with a 101 pork frog or similar plastic for smallies. You will learn all the different reasons for weight differences, color changes as well as ways to swim, pitch,flip, drag or hop jigs as you go. Good luck, they are a big fish bait and can cover a lot of venues of fishing for bass.

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Jim B.

Flippin blue works in Blairs Valley lake but not Big Pool.

Allen

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Welcome, I primarily fish 2 sizes of jigs, a 1/2oz. & 1 oz. jigs.I really like 2 brands of jigs All terrain grassmaster jig & Keystone Picasso jigs.They both have a recessed line tie and they fish thick weeds really well.I like a Gene Larew salt craw, Zoom super chunk, super chunk jr, salty pro chunks.For color, I don't have any preference for the most part.I do think Black/ blue & black/red skirts contrast each other and will work the majority of the time in the majority of water color and fishing conditions.I agree with KU Bassmaster, there is no substitute for a sharp hook.

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Sorry Munkin, they do work in Big Pool. I live in Big Pool, LOL.

The Bass Whisperer--Big Pool is a Lake in the town of Big Pool Maryland where I live.

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I guess the main question is, which jigs and trailers, and any other ad-on's {i.e. Sents and rattles} are best for beginners (in a lake) from, Oho let's say Mid-October through the thaw (water Temp. 55oF and up) when ever that is for your area of the world.  By me, Mid-Feb. to Early March.  I forgot to mention; Is there any lituture about there about the Pig-N-Jig or general beggining Bass fishing, that I can get a HARDCOPY- not electronic- so I can stop asking so many stupid questions!  :-X Thank You for your patience.  ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Almost everyone has a local WalMart nearby. The stores in my area carry 3 excellent jigs...

1-Eakins Finesse in 5/16oz. This is one awesome little jig, one of the best IMO. My local WalMart carries 4 different colors, black/blue, brown, greenpumpkin and black/brown. 3 jigs to a pack.

2-Strike King Pro Model in 3/8 and 1/2oz. These jigs come in a variety of colors, black/blue being my favorite, and they also feature a rattle.

3-Strike King Premier Pro Model in 3/8 and 1/2oz. These jigs are just a revamped version of the original Pro Model.

As far as color, I like black/blue, brown and greenpumpkin for all of my jig fishing.

For trailers I prefer the Uncle Josh #11 bait frog which my WalMart also sells. I use a black bait frog with a black/blue jig or brown bait frog with a brown jig. When I fish a greenpumpkin jig I go with a plastic trailer and try and match the jig color as close as I can. For this I use Zoom. Zoom's Salty Chunk or Zoom's Super Chunk Jr. are excellent plastic trailers.

In the scent department I've always used Bang Garlic in the aerosol can. It smells good enough to eat and it stays on the bait a long time, even makes the jig slippery so it slides over timber well.

If you want to stick as many fish as possible, then keep a small file handy to hone the hook point from time to time. 2 or 3 gentle strokes with the file are plenty, anymore than that can heat the hook to the point of brittleness.

IMHO the best guy with a jig is pro angler Denny Brauer. I've read his books and watched his videos and would recommend them to anyone looking for basic jig instruction. I'll leave you a link in case you're interested. http://www.amazon.com/Denny-Brauers-Jig-Fishing-Secrets/dp/1879206226/sr=8-1/qid=1166161688/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-0146499-6007263?ie=UTF8&s=books

Hey, good luck with your jig fishing and let us all know how it's going. There are lots of little tricks that will help once you cut your teeth on the basics.

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The_Bass_Whisperer,

 There is no such thing as a stupid question. You won't know if you don't ask. I do not think anyone in here will mind answering any of your questions. CRAW had some interesting info in his post. There is a lot of info on this site on jigs and anything else you can imagine. If you can't find an answer here I am sure everyone will do their best to find one somewhere. Everyone had to start somewhere and even a old dog like me who has been fishing for such a long time has questions and still learns. Fishing is a continued learning process with all of the advancements in technology. Good luck fishing.

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Check out the info about jigs on the Bass Resource main site under "Fishing Articles".  There is some very good reading that can help you get started.

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If you haven't tried Bass Stalker Jigs you ought to give them a shot.  A flat, aspirin shaped head that is "dimpled in the center on both sides (original model).  His finesse jigs are outstanding.  He is now distributed through Uncle Josh.  Also check out his jigheads for shakey worms.

www.bassstalker.com

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Matching the hatch refers to using a lure size shape and color that closely resembles the primary forage.  Usually shad, bream, and crayfish

I like the terminator pro's secret jig, but I confess I have not settled on an absolute favorite like I have with many other types of lures.

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These are the best jigs I've used in 30 years of Bassin'. They are truly different in important ways; almost weedless and woodless, premier hook(set at an improved angle), natural colors(note; they only come in the basic/natural/ match-the-hatch colors and I've caught Bass on all of them), flat bottom(that helps them stay upright[do crawdads lie over on their side?--I don't think so] with a chunk-style trailer--match the trailer color to the jig's main color), ability to attach one or two rattles or leave them off, and a small 'pocket' under the jig where a gob of Megastrike(best attractant) can be placed.

These are the chunk-style trailers I use.

Dan

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You said which Jig is best.  I have to say that www.verticallures.com carries the best jig ever introduced to bass fishing, JigX.  It is specially designed for grass, but works well in any cover or bottom composition.  I have had alot of success skipping the 1/2 ounce model under docks.  The streamline head design allows it to skip easier.  The line tie is located under the mold of the head, which does two things for you.  1.  It keeps your knot from grabbing grass and junk.  2.  It protects your knot from bumping into cover so you never get a knot fray.  The mustad hook on this jig was specifically designed for it.  It is heavy gauge and large.  Another good thing is that you can opt to add rattles, which come with it or leave them off.  If you are a jig fisherman, you have to get one of these.  If you have never fished with a jig, this is the one you want.  I completely replaced my jig box with Jig X.

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I also like the Bass Stalker Jigs best, but I've only sampled about a dozen of the gazillion different Jigs out there.

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You said which Jig is best. I have to say that www.verticallures.com carries the best jig ever introduced to bass fishing, JigX. It is specially designed for grass, but works well in any cover or bottom composition. I have had alot of success skipping the 1/2 ounce model under docks. The streamline head design allows it to skip easier. The line tie is located under the mold of the head, which does two things for you. 1. It keeps your knot from grabbing grass and junk. 2. It protects your knot from bumping into cover so you never get a knot fray. The mustad hook on this jig was specifically designed for it. It is heavy gauge and large. Another good thing is that you can opt to add rattles, which come with it or leave them off. If you are a jig fisherman, you have to get one of these. If you have never fished with a jig, this is the one you want. I completely replaced my jig box with Jig X.

Us Georgians think alike, at least when it comes to jigs(see my post above ;)).

Dan

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