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#12241721 - 05/11/17 05:25 PM What's kind of jig do you use?
Cory Lee Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/21/10
Posts: 111
Loc: Rockwall
I'm trying to learn to use jigs instead of minnows but there are too many kinds to choose from. I'm still a little over welmed looking at the selection at Bass Pro.

Marabou, tubes, road runners, curly tail, sausage head, swim jig, beatle spins, critter jigs, tadpoles, etc, etc, etc.

I assume the kind of jig is at the bottom of list of importance behind location, depth, & color?

You're welcome to add any extra information as far as color or jig head weight etc. Also, thanks for the replies.

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#12241728 - 05/11/17 05:37 PM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
chickenman Offline
Son of Darrel

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 35237
Loc: Denton County
Painted in my opinion
1/4 never used one
1/8 when you have to - #2
1/16 when they don't care - #4 or #2 hook
1/32 when smaller is better - #6 or #4 hook

Plastics
buddies or chubbies http://constantpursuitoutfitters.com/plastics/

Feather
There is a lot of talent guys on here that can tie you some

My go-to is pink 1/16oz jig head #2 hook with a black and chartreuse plastic
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#12241795 - 05/11/17 06:26 PM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
bush hog Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/12/13
Posts: 2329
Loc: Beckville, TX
Don't get overwhelmed. The good thing about crappie jigs is they are relatively cheap when compared to other types of artificial baits. Just buy you a small assortment of plastics and jig heads (in different weights). After awhile you'll figure out what seems to work best for you. You are absolutely correct...no jig will work if you don't put it in front of the fish. I'm sure you'll get a lot of good recommendations here. Good luck to you.

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#12241818 - 05/11/17 06:37 PM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
HOGON Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/07/12
Posts: 1001
Loc: McKinney, Texas
popcorn2

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#12241917 - 05/11/17 07:38 PM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
Jacob Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 16470
Loc: Deep East Tx
I use 1/8th oz sickle hook jigheads (#2 size hook I believe) and plastic jig bodies. I prefer slab bandits by Crazy Angler. They're tough baits and come in a variety of colors and 3 different sizes. I use mainly two color combos - chart/white 80% of the time and Blue/white the other 20%. When it's sunny, I use the chart/white and when it's cloudy I use blue/white.
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#12241921 - 05/11/17 07:41 PM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
TR176 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 3389
Loc: Little Elm
They have been biting 1/8 oz pink jig with #2 Matzuo hook. Black/ Chartruese tail. Crappie thunder type. They also were biting red/chartreuse.

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#12241947 - 05/11/17 08:00 PM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
ERNEST PATY Offline
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Registered: 01/21/01
Posts: 6668
Loc: CARROLLTON, TX, US
Fact: Crappie will hit any color or type of jig in the right hands. Sometime one is better than another.

Problem most beginner jig fishermen have is lack of confidence in what they are doing and usually blame the problem on the jig when the real culprit is the jigger.

Get a few jigs and use them, leave the minnows at home or you will never learn. Go with a buddy or someone that has experience so you will gain confidence in your methods.

Best hint: Hold the jig as still as possible most of the time. If that doesn't work slowly raise the rod tip a couple of feet and slowly lower it. Most beginners think they should jig the bait a lot.

Jig is the name of the lure, not the action you should give it.

Good luck
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#12241958 - 05/11/17 08:06 PM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
Jacob Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 16470
Loc: Deep East Tx
I think fish instinctually see anything suspending in the water column as alive, as it takes effort even for a fish to stay still in the water. Like Ernest said, its more about presentation and location than anything. Fished with my father in law the other day, he was using a black and green frog jig that was every bit of 2 inches long. I was using a chart/white Slab Bandit. Neither of us had trouble getting bit.
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#12242180 - 05/11/17 09:41 PM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
Pintail711 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/11/15
Posts: 1413
Loc: Longview, Tx
I'm 100% bonehead tackle. Not saying any of these others jigs don't catch but it's just what you've got confidence in.

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#12242297 - 05/11/17 10:35 PM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
JWfish Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/09/14
Posts: 151
Lots of good advice here, but would like to add, top your jig off with a Crappie Niblet. Comes in a jar, pink, chartreuse, glitter. Sometimes gets that crappie to hold onto your bait long enough to get a good hook set. after I catch one, I also take my jig and rub it a couple times along the side of the crappie for a little extra scent before I turn the crappie back. I recently converted my wife from minnows to jig fishing and she loves it! Once you start to live for the thump, you will be hooked.

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#12242451 - 05/12/17 06:37 AM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
fishin'aholic2 Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 11/08/07
Posts: 13289
Loc: Irving, Texas
As stated above, confidence and jigging technique is more important than the jig itself. Get a few jigs that you think look good and tie them on and leave the minnows at home. The key is to be around fish. If you know you are in an area with fish then start jigging and try different things till you get bit. When it comes to jigging, you don't have to bounce the jig a lot. Most of the time subtle movements will get you bit. I will also add to get some high vis line. A lot of bite happen as the jig falls and you only see your line go slack which is due to the fish picking it up.
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#12242532 - 05/12/17 07:47 AM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
RODS454 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 1066
Loc: Midlothian
For the most part I use 1/16 oz. unpainted, but I have some white I'm in the process of losing. When the wind is high and fishing deeper than 10' I go to 1/8 oz unpainted. I do have some road runners that I tie on just for some variation. But mostly 1/16th and 1/8th oz. unpainted. Small plastic and jig heads from Crazy Angler. The Crawl'r in Texas Toast and Rage N Cajun colors have been best on Bardwell this year. Here is a link.
http://stores.crazyanglertackle.com/crawlr/
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#12242575 - 05/12/17 08:17 AM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
fish n fool Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/11/08
Posts: 570
Loc: Travis County,Texas
Listen to Ernest++++++++
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#12242718 - 05/12/17 09:51 AM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
RODS454 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 1066
Loc: Midlothian
Best hint: Hold the jig as still as possible most of the time. If that doesn't work slowly raise the rod tip a couple of feet and slowly lower it. Most beginners think they should jig the bait a lot.

That is the one tip that has helped me the most.
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#12242850 - 05/12/17 11:34 AM Re: What's kind of jig do you use? [Re: Cory Lee]
PKfishin Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 2613
Loc: Texas
Cory: A lot depends on where you fish. Best bet would be to hire a local guide for a half day trio and have him coach you. If that is not possible, follow Ernests advise and just try some stuff.
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