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Can I use a 1/2 OZ jig on a Medium rod?

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Sure, they are generally rated to 5/8 oz and even with a trailer, you will be fine.

On the other hand, I bet you would find a heavier rod more suitable.

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I think the problem is pulling a fish out of cover. A heavier rod will be better at it.

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I would prefer to fish a 1/2 oz. jig on a medium heavy or heavy action casting rod made by Shimano or St. Croix (or other similar action rods) as their bass casting rods have a stiff action.

I would not fish a 1/2 oz jig with a G Loomis medium action mag bass casting rod as its action is much less stiff in action than the above rods.

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But, my opinion only. Just prefer to work jigs which are bulky and usually have large hooks with a stiffer rod than a working a similar weight lure like a worm with a 1/2 oz weight.

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What weight is the rod weighted up to.  Medium means nothing.  I have a MEDIUM swimbait rod that is rated 1/2oz on the bottom and 3 oz on the top.

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Also I always try to stay right in the middle or on the low end of what the rod is weighted for when fishing a jig.  90% of the time I'm fishing timber and I find that if I'm over or pushing the weight limit  the rod tends to load a little bit when pulling it over a branch resulting in more hang ups.

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In my opinion a Medium is too light for a 1/2 oz jig. Not so much in casting the jig but I would worry about a solid hookset, especially if you had a lot of line out.

I like to lay down a rock solid hookset when fishing a jig. I seriously doubt the medium could do that consistently.

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I used a cheap shakespeare old rod I had with a 3/8 jig and caught a 9lbs bass with no problem. I would consider the rod medium-light. I'm surprised i havn't broken it yet, thats how flimsy it is. You should be fine :)

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sure, but youd be better off with 3/8 oz. remember the trailer has weight. it would prob feel better in a mh (1/4-3/4 oz lure rating)

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I agree with you can but shouldn't. A jig has a large hook and weed guard. You should have some backbone for a solid hookset.

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I fish jigs every time I hit the water.  I use the same hooks for 3/8 as I do for the 1/2.  I go strictly on feel and the 1/2 feels too heavy for me.  I use the 1/2 and more on MH or H.   JMO.

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A call to the manufacturer might provide some insights.  For instance, Shimano CS provides a lot of insight about the uses for their rods.  I've never been disappointed with the quality of their answers.  However, others are not so good.  Often, it depends on the rep who answers.

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Like others have already said, hookset and horsing a fish out of cover is the problem.  Take your medium outfit and have a buddy hold the jigs hook between forefinger and thumb so as not to be hooked.  Then step back about the distance of your casts and try setting the hook.  Odds are you won't even be able to pull the jig from the buds fingers.  

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I wouldn't but it depends on the rod. Some manufacturers like Airrus make a medium action that is similiar to a medium-heavy Croix or Loomis.

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