I wanted to try a little something different these last few days, so I thought I would have some fun. I picked out a few random jigs from an embarrassing amount of old tackle, as well as a few new jigs I've been hearing a lot about, and took them out on the water with me to see what I could do.
I would start each brush pile with my normal jig, then once I found feeding fish, I would try one of the random jigs shown below. I caught crappie on each one of these jigs, some producing more than others. I'm not posting this because I think I'm all that great of a fisherman, because I'm not. I'm showing this because I want fishermen to see the importance of finding feeding fish, and having confidence in whatever jig they are fishing with at the time. Without a doubt, you will find times when color matters a great deal, but more times than not, aggressive and confident fishing will lead you to a tasty dinner.
I started with two jigs from Thermocline, and to absolutely no surprise, I caught fish immediately. These jigs are really starting to make a name for themselves. Next up was a silver little diddy called an Arkie Shiney Hiney. This jig was caught a few from Lake Pat Cleburne. Numbers four and five come from Mr Skip Nantz of Thump It jigs. I really, really like the gold one. I bought these jigs when I used to have a deer lease on Toledo Bend. The number six jig came from Mr Muschalek's sons, who will probably take my job as a guide one day. Number seven jig is a hair and plastic combo which was melted to the side of my tackle box. Number eight was in bad shape, as I dug it out of my sandbass night-fishing selection from my college days. We used to fish Eagle Mountain in the summer. When the south wind blew, a lot of sandies lost their lifes. Number nine is a Crazy Thunder Chicken Thump Buddy, an old time favorite for the big girls.
I had a lot of fun getting to fish with these jigs. It was fun to try something different and a few of them brought back some pretty good memories.