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#11447235 - 02/29/16 01:56 PM Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig
TexExp Offline
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Registered: 01/13/10
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Loc: Lake Lavon

For those of you new to winter crappie fishing, here's a tip that you may not know. Since all fish are cold blooded and their metabolism slows way down in winter, it is generally a lighter bite -and- they are generally in deeper water (more than 20'). It sometimes helps to downsize your jig to 1/16 or lighter. But then you have the problem of waiting forever for your jig to get down to the depth where the fish are. And also on a windy day (which most are... mad) a light jig is impractical and just won't work by itself.
One solution is a double jig rig. The bottom jig is heavier and gets your lighter jig down into the strike zone. The simplest is a 1/16 on the top and 1/8 ounce on the bottom, but any variation works.

This method works best on submerged and flooded timber, ledges and bridge pilings. Not so much for BPs, because it hangs up a lot... and then you've lost 2 jigs and maybe messed up the BP.

Sometimes you get a bonus and they hit the bottom heavier jig. cool Also, you are covering more of the water column, thus improving your chances of getting bit.
I used words like "sometimes" and "generally" because we all know this is fishing and the fish don't care about our theories! cool



Good luck out there!

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#11447296 - 02/29/16 02:08 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
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Of course, in a month this won't matter. You will be able to put anything in front of them and they will bite it aggressively. Sorry it is at the tail end of winter fishing for this tip. hammer

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#11447302 - 02/29/16 02:11 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
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I double jig most of the time.

Good point on helping in the wind.

Thanks!
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#11447403 - 02/29/16 02:57 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
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any info to help catch crappie is appreciated. I have been doing the double jig this winter for the first time. I saw a guy catch 2 yesterday on a double
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#11447423 - 02/29/16 03:07 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
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Works well on white bass too!
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#11447450 - 02/29/16 03:20 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
TexExp Offline
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Thanks!
Works "too well" on white bass. lol grin
Also, for whites you can use a (chartreuse) slab on the bottom and jig on top.

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#11447637 - 02/29/16 04:48 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
Joe Slab Offline
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Excellent tip sir. Thank you. thumb

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#11447888 - 02/29/16 06:50 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
Bud B Offline
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Nice post. I use this rig a lot. A 1/8 oz jig on the bottom and a 1/24 oz jig on top has worked best for me. And this winter, which really wasn't much of a winter, the 1/8 oz jig on the bottom consistently outproduced the smaller jig on top. But yes, on those days where the fish will only hit a smaller jig with the subtle action of something really light, you do have that working for you, with a heavier jig on bottom to keep it straight under you, and keep you in contact with your rig.

When the bite really picks up, which will likely be happening soon, I'll probably mostly go to a one jig rig. But tough days can happen any time of year, and I'll still break out a double jig rig on those days.
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#11448110 - 02/29/16 08:37 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
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Loc: East Texas
I use a double jig rig almost exclusively when I'm vertical fishing, whether fishing brush piles or bridge pilings just to cover more area. I use a 1/4 oz. on bottom with a 1/8 oz. on top and catch fish on both jigs. I also with put two different brands or styles of jigs in contrasting colors to see if the crappie have a preference. I may set up one of my rods with a 1/8 oz. and 1/16 oz. tandem rig and see if I can see a difference than what I normally use.
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#11448130 - 02/29/16 08:43 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
bush hog Offline
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Loc: Beckville, TX
It's not just for winter. It works well year round. Especially when you trying to get it out of the rod box and it's wrapped around 3 other rods. lol

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#11448165 - 02/29/16 08:53 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: kdub#1]
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Originally Posted By: kdub#1
Works well on white bass too!


It depends on how you look at it...Went through a school of them with double jigs on 6 poles on a spider rig, and wrecked havoc...took me hrs to untangle, but pulled up 10...

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#11448355 - 02/29/16 10:02 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
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Loc: tx
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#11448526 - 02/29/16 11:54 PM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: SlabHappy]
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Originally Posted By: SlabHappy
Originally Posted By: kdub#1
Works well on white bass too!


It depends on how you look at it...Went through a school of them with double jigs on 6 poles on a spider rig, and wrecked havoc...took me hrs to untangle, but pulled up 10...


I will loan you a knife, so you can hand line them and get back to fishing faster!!

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#11448755 - 03/01/16 07:36 AM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
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Thanks for the tip.
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#11448841 - 03/01/16 08:14 AM Re: Winter Fishing - Double Jig Rig [Re: TexExp]
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I use the VMC Swivel Spins for the top bait. Works great for me.
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