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I am looking to start fishing jigs this season. I'm wondering what type and test line to use for fishing jigs? (mono, fluro, braid) Also, if you use braid, do you direct tie or use a fluro/mono leader? Thank for the help.

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I like 20lb floro for jigs. I use to use 50lb braid, but I can feel a bite on slack line with floro whereas I couldnt with braid.

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I like 20lb floro for jigs. I use to use 50lb braid, but I can feel a bite on slack line with floro whereas I couldnt with braid.

Yep, same for me. I like braid for fishing really heavy cover (65#), but will fish 20# flouro on a jig rod as well - as long as it has VERY little stretch.

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Braid with no leader unless it's crystal clear with sparse cover then I'll add a foot or two of 17-20lb fluorocarbon leader tied with an alberto knot.

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Braided line has significantly improved my jig fishing.

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Braid, with or without leader, in appropriate diameter. (Casting jigs. I don't pitch and/or flip, so I can't talk about those.)

I don't think I'm EVER going back to fluoro. It sinks, so that you can't see it, and most fluoros have a lot of stretch, as much as monos in some cases.

Leader: I like to have a leader. Mostly for abrasion resistance, and also to protect the rod since I set my drag pretty tight. I don't believe the fish cares whether it can see the line or not.

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Not trying to highjack the thread but for the Braid users what color do you go with red, yellow or green?

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Not trying to highjack the thread but for the Braid users what color do you go with red, yellow or green?

Green. But only because it's easier to find green samurai.

When I'm older, maybe I'll have to switch to yellow. LOL.

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Anywhere from 14 to 20 pound fluoro depending on available cover. If I'm getting into really thick grass, I'll swap over to 50 pound braid. As much as I don't like the management issues with most fluoros, especially in heavier lines, you can't beat the sensitivity of it. Especially on a slack line. I "love" braid. The problem with it is if you have slack in the line. You loose all feeling then. The other reason I've gone more towards fluoro is because of how it handles abrasion. I primarily fish limestone strip pits down here and the rocks and ledges will shred braid instantly.

If I'm going to a place like Okeechobee though, I'll put braid on almost every rod.

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I have always used 18 to 20 lb Fluro for my jig fishing, but i have bought 50# power pro for next year. I have never used braid, so let's how it goes.

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Braid...direct tie...and more specifically Daiwa Samurai 40lb(8lb diameter equivalent)

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I fish gin clear water most of the time, so I go with fluoro (Trilene 12# this past year).

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My jig rod is going down to 10lb YZ Hybrid this year.

Even with 10lb line, I'm able to turn any fish around here, before it buries itself in cover.

My jig tackle is way downsized compared to some of you guys.:o

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I use 12lb mono and flouro a lot.It doesn't bother me a bit to throw 10lb if its abrasion resistant. I'll even fish 8lb for smallies if the water calls for it. Usuaully only the mono during the hotter months because there are not many flourescent flouro's. This is for structure fishing mostly (points, humps, etc.) If i'm flipping and pitching into cover I'm usually using a creature style bait but if I was using a jig it would be with 40-50lb braid.

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I use 3 sizes. 12 for flouro for clear water or finesse jigs, 15 flouro for all other open water and light structure. Then 30lb braid for everything else. I tie braid directly to the jig.

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The vast majority of my jig fishing is done with either 12 or 15 pound fluorocarbon. I refuse to use braid, having lost far too many fish to bites on the fall; can't see them and can't feel them until it's too late to set the hook. Fishing jigs on braid in deep water leads to the line acting like a sail and moving the jig, requiring me to upsize jigs. I use braid for a few very specific things, casting jigs is not one of them. Some will say that fishing jigs on braid have improved their rates tremendously. I say the same thing of high quality fluorocarbon.

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The vast majority of my jig fishing is done with either 12 or 15 pound fluorocarbon. I refuse to use braid, having lost far too many fish to bites on the fall; can't see them and can't feel them until it's too late to set the hook. Fishing jigs on braid in deep water leads to the line acting like a sail and moving the jig, requiring me to upsize jigs. I use braid for a few very specific things, casting jigs is not one of them. Some will say that fishing jigs on braid have improved their rates tremendously. I say the same thing of high quality fluorocarbon.

Very interesting. Most of my jig fishing is done in wood cover, and I have always used braid. I love the "connected" feel I get when there is no wind, but recently I have been fishing jigs on structure ponds rather than cover ponds. When the wind kicks up I HATE using braid. I can't feel my jig crawling along the rocks, and I sure as heck can't feel a light bite.

I like the instant hooksets with braid, and have never fished 1/2 oz+ jigs on flourocarbon heavier than 14#. Hopefully soon I'll be throwing jigs on 20# Shooter.

The only concern I have with flouro is the stretch, and not getting a strong, hard hookset.

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14-25 pound floro for me. I hate braid with jigs unless I'm flipping grass.

FatG-We fish 1/2oz football jigs down to 50ft on 14lb floro at deep pits, Table Rock, and Lake of the Ozarks. I've stuck fish up to 8lbs and never felt like the stretch was a problem if that helps your confidence with using floro for jigs.

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For flipping and pitching jigs,30lb or 50lb braid, tied direct. No need for fluoro leaders there. Jigs go into dark nasty places where line visability is the least of your problems. Now if were talking clear water, finesse jigs, dragging football jigs, sparce cover and/or smallmouth fishing etc......., then I use a fluoro leader, 8,12,or 17 lb test, on 10,20,or 30 lb braid.

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I am using #20 Sunline Sniper for casting football jigs as well as flippin timber with jigs and creature baits.

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Both. 17+ lbs fluoro is so heavy when you have a lot of line out, that it will transmit bites and everything else well. Braid being non-stretch is also excellent at transmitting the same info. Each has strengths/weaknesses so I use whichever is appropriate at that time. I love each one.

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Pitching/fliping: If im around and heavy cover i like to throw it on 65lb power pro. I use green, If you think about all the stuff thats in the water around those fish i cant see how i tine piece of braid in a natural color would spook them. (However i read a article about John Crews win on the Elites last year and he was flipping the first day with braid and was hardly getting bit in thick mats, he said he switch to flouro and that made all the difference, I would think that what was turning the fish off was the sound of the braid on the vegetation rather than the visibility of it but then again im not an elite series pro). IF i am fishing lighter cover i like to use 20-17lb flouro because i like to be able to feel it better if i get it on the fall when i have a slack line. But if you're a good line watcher you can see the bite with braid better IMO.

Swiming/ Football jigs: I only use 15-17lb flouro for this unless im swimming a jig through grass depending on the type of grass i will use braid to get them out easier.

Hope this helps. Try it both ways and see what suits you best.

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