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#10969597 - 07/10/15 09:57 PM Need a Confidence Boost?
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 2185
Loc: Joshua, TX
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.
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#10969697 - 07/10/15 10:55 PM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Good read and info as usual, Lane.
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#10969796 - 07/11/15 03:34 AM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Confidence is the key
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#10969824 - 07/11/15 06:15 AM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Great post Laner, you make me realize that most jigs are for catching fishermen, not fish! It's amazing how many boxes of jigs I have on my boat that never see the light of day...and I keep adding more and more to them every year. Before much longer, I'm either going to have to get a bigger Lund, or start shedding some of the balast in my 18'er!
And as Jiggin E points out, confidence is the key!
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#10969872 - 07/11/15 07:48 AM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Should have thrown that Frog in the mix Lane.

If you ever get a day off, let's go fishing.

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#10969928 - 07/11/15 08:34 AM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
el Rojo Offline
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Great post. Thanks Lane.
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#10970013 - 07/11/15 09:18 AM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 2001
Loc: Yantis, TX
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I would have never thought the color on the head of a jig would make much difference in the bite, but yesterday, it made all the difference in the world. Same jig same brushpile, unpainted head, the bite was slow. The minute I dropped a blue sparkle head in that brushpile, Game on. I switched back and forth several times just experimenting and had the same result each time.

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#10970192 - 07/11/15 10:49 AM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Great post Lane cheers

Thanks for sharing

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#10970806 - 07/11/15 06:32 PM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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I like the gold one also... And have caught a bunch of fish on a red/black/white...
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#10971032 - 07/11/15 09:00 PM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Registered: 06/04/07
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Loc: Bedford, TX
I needed this post dude. Thank you!
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#10971317 - 07/11/15 11:44 PM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Great read Lane and a great selection of baits.
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#10972020 - 07/12/15 02:01 PM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Registered: 02/12/06
Posts: 1218
Loc: Denton
Lane,

Very curious, about the standard marabou jig #8 from your college days. How did the old standby perform for you and compare to the other morsels you swam in front of the crappie?

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#10972325 - 07/12/15 05:09 PM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
mayor (crappiepete) Offline
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Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 956
Loc: Berryville, Tx
Great report and confidence builder. Have most of the jigs you show. Gotta stop tying and lose more jigs....
Tks for a good report !!!
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#10972976 - 07/12/15 10:32 PM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Registered: 03/21/05
Posts: 424
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Great post Lane!! Sure made my boys' day. We are heading your way in two weeks but we aren't sure if we will be doing any fishing.
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#10979242 - 07/15/15 05:33 PM Re: Need a Confidence Boost? [Re: Laner]
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Loc: Joshua, TX
Sorry it took me awhile to reply guys. I've been catching tarpon and reds down on the coast.

Crappiejign: The standard marabou by no means "wore them out" but I did catch a dink and a keeper off of it.

SlabbedSilly: Not doing any fishing down here? What is wrong with you smile ????
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