- Elite Angler
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I've read and watched videos on this technique, but it's not happening.
My question is how do you fish it effectively? And what tackle setup and brand, size, and color jig do you prefer when employing this technique?
Much advise is appreciated. This is my second year bass fishing.
It took me a while to catch my first one on a jig, and now it's a much used technique in the summer for me.
I flip heavy cover, mainly pads and grass.
7'6"H Telescopic BPS Extreme Flippin Stick
Shimano Curado 201B
50# Power Pro
My most productive jig has been the Terminator Pro Series in 1/2 ounce size in Black/Blue color with a Zoom Super Chunk behind it. I will flip to pads and work it into any possible crevice/hole I can find. Make sure the bait is on the BOTTOM, NOT hung up on a pad stem.
At times I will just put the bait in there, wait a few seconds and take it out to find the next hole. This is when fish are in an aggresive feeding mood and take the bait ON THE FALL. It's a great way to cover water if the fish cooperate.
Other times, and most often, I will flip the jig into a hole, allow it to sit for a few seconds and give it a short hop. Again, I'll let it sit and then shake the bait for a few seconds. The Terminator jigs have 2 rattles on them that produce a clicking sound underwater.
Bites can do plenty of things....my favorite jig bite is similar to casting a jig on the back of a passing speeding train, it almost rips the rod out of your hand. It can also feel like a normal "pick-up" and sometimes, all you see is the line moving away from you.
The best way to learn is to bring just your flippin' stick down to the water with you. If you think it's a fish, SET THE HOOK. Learn to worry about the different feel of fish versus pad stems later.
Hope this helps, good luck to you!
- Senior Angler
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- Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin
I too like to use black/blue jigs with Zoom salty chunk or big salty chunk trailers in either black or black/blue. I have a ton of jigs in different colors but have found black and blue in 1/4 to 3/8 oz works best for me. I like a MH rod around 7 ft with a TDZ or ito 103 as my favorite reel. I like 12-14 lb mono or 14 lb PP braid.
I tend to fish deep weedlines in 14-20 feet in clear natural lakes. I do more pitch type casts, stripping line off the reel so the jig falls straight down. Watch your line as often times they'll hit it on the fall or right after it hits bottom-you'll see your line jump a little. I like to let it sit 10-15 seconds, than slowly lift the rod tip to move it, more of a drag, stop. Some times they'll thump it, other times it'll feel mushy, in either case I set the hook hard as soon as I feel anything. There's nothing like that thump when jig fishing. Keep at it, it'll pay off for you. Dan
the object here is to take the mystique of fishing jigs outta fishing jigs...as well as, just getting bit...the lighter fluoro and finesse rig seems to help most beginners develop that feel (or nonfeel) of a jigbite.
once you learn that feel, you can expand on some of the excellent advice posted above.
I look for Isolated rocks and rock piles, preferably with some weeds near or around it. I've had the most success bouncing and twitching them irregularly and not far off the bottom for catching LM. I do the same for SM but have found swimming them pretty quickly works really well.
Color: Black, Black&Blue, Dark Brown.
Trailer: Gary Yamamoto Fat Baby Craw. GreenPumpkin/BlackFlake
Shimano Curado 200
Airrus Puls'R PUL731MH-S
10-12lb. Uzuri hybrid fluorocarbon (I'll prob switch to braid next year)
I like to feel everything down there, I use alot of small single hops with quick twitching. Every once and awhile a 1 foot jump.
If that doesn't work quicken the hops and swim when halfway to to boat trying to coax a SM possibly following to bite it.
I like to be able to feel the weight of the bait as much of possible and feel the difference between what the rocks and weeds feel like compared to the dull weight or tap of the fish.
zodiak311 wrote:Great question. In terms of technique everyone has got it pretty much covered here, but my favorite jigs are Gann's jigs (http://www.tackletour.com/previewgannsp ... ackle.html) with a Power Team Lures Craw D'oeuvre trailer in black and blue swirl.
I have never used a Gann's jig, however I second the vote for the Power Team Lures Craw D'oeuvre... also try the PTL Texas Rig Jig... great lures.