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Pig/Jig too hot??

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I had a first time experience, at least that I know of, regarding leaving rods in the sun while fishing with the others.  I was using a dropshot set up until I decided to fish some logjams.  I switched to my pitching setup which had a black jig blue trailor.

I pitched this to a log in the jam that had about 2' of water under it.  This is a northwestern reservoir, very clear water.  Before my jig hit the bottom I saw a 3lbr come out from the shade of the log, suck in my jig and spit it out before I could react.  I still hadn't click my clutch in!!!

The only reason I can rationalize is, the temp's were in the 90's & the water temp was 76 f.  It is my opinion the temp on the lead was too much for the bass to hold on to the jig.  By the way this one cost me 10 spots in the tourney....

Any input??

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uhhh idk know man.  theres lots of little funny tricks about bass that decide whether they eat it or not.  my BEST guess would be that you might  have a repulsive dor on your hand that you may have or not have known about or could smell, (start usin t.p.) lol j/p.  but there are smells that are undetectable to the human nose, but bass are tasting this and that can cause then to blow it out in a hurry.  thats my best bet.  i dont know why else

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Mechanics! Learn from that....I try to click and be ready before my Jig ever hits the water....I know its hard when your learning but force yourself to click that button with your thumb before the lure hits the water....

Water temp is never to hot for a Jig...I'm fishing 85-87 water temps and still getting bit in 2ft of water...

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Maybe I didn't explain my question clearly.

I was referencing the radiant heat that the jig may have accumulated by the rays of the sun, not the water temp. I always use scent on my jigs.  If you pitch into pockets and you immediately engage the clutch the jig will not fall vertically, it will swing back towards the boat.  This defeats the purpose of pitching doesn't it?

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As you pitch and your Jig is nearing the landing zone raise your rod slightly to alow a little more line to come of as it enters the water click it....Let your rod tip fall as it sinks ....I really don't think the physical heat of your Jig has an effect...As soon as it hits the water it cools....

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I've has bass do the same thing with a weightless

plastic that I had been fishing with for a while.

So I don't think it was the heat of the jig head.

I think that was probably more of a reaction strike than one of hunger, or the bass was just trying to kill what it saw as an intruder.

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No way, as soon as the jig hits the water, it would have cooled down a bunch. If it got too hot, you wouldn't have been able to pick it up. 76 degree water would have really cooled it down instantly.

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