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#12366315 - 07/31/17 03:03 PM Jig fishing
HV Lurenut Offline
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Registered: 12/26/15
Posts: 68
Loc: Highland Village

For years, I was a minnow fisherman for crappie that mainly focused on other types of fishing. The last few years I have focused more on crappie and switched to almost nothing but jigs. For me, there is so much sport with fooling a live fish with an artificial bait. But in making the transition to artificial baits, I have come to understand many things;

1) Jigs are just as easy to fish as Minnows.
2) Jigs don't die.
3) You don't have to seek out a bait shop before every trip.
4) You don't get your hand wet on cold days putting a jig on.
5) Jigs normally out fish minnows when both are fished from same boat. I was schooled several times before getting into the jigs.
6) Jigs have some of the crazies color names.
7) Jigs run about $.15 a piece to minnows $.45
8) I have caught more than 20 fish on one jig, but average 8 -10. One time I think I caught 3 Crappie on the same minnow, but average is 1.
9) You keep the left over jigs. Accidently left a couple of dozen minnows in the boat for a few weeks and almost had to sell the boat.
10) Jig fishing is more work and I normally never take adult beverages with me. To me, its almost a must to have a beverage as you wait for a minnow bite.
11) Perch don't mess with jigs near as much as Minnows.
12) You can never have to many jigs.
13) Jig fishing can be done by almost anyone. Same for minnows.
14) Its a heck of a lot easier to lug a days worth of jigs up and down a bank than a days worth of minnows.
15) Just like in real-estate, the key to successful crappie fishing is location, location, location!
16) Quality tackle is much more important in jig fishing.
17) Success breads confidence in jig fishing.
18) If you want to take the challenge to a higher level, you can tie your own jigs.
19) A couple of packs of jigs weighs an ounce or two. Stuff for minnows (Water, bucket aerator etc...) weighs a bunch!

I could go on, but bottom line, its a personal choice. The photo is of all the spent jigs that I used to catch 70 plus crappie Saturday off of a couple brush piles in Lake Lewisville. It was a dink fest for the most part with only 6 fish kept (I need to locate some better locations). I kept the jigs out of curiosity as to how many I would use that day. It would have pained me to have gone through that many minnows (6 - 8 dozen) for the same fish. Good luck to all however you chose to fish.
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#12366725 - 07/31/17 07:03 PM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
Ricky87 Offline
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Registered: 03/14/16
Posts: 46
Loc: Crandall tx
Well said well said ain't nothing like a crappie slamming your jig.
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#12366733 - 07/31/17 07:12 PM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
BrazosRiverTom Offline
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Registered: 12/15/12
Posts: 521
Loc: Mineral Wells, TX
Other than # 8 and 18, I am pretty much on page with your list. #8 I have never caught 20 crappie at one time yet, I think I hit 12 one time. #18 I am not interested in tying my own jigs, I will tie up the Killer Crappie Rig off of U Tube, but now that I don't use minnows anymore I don't need to do those either. Depending on your will power (of which I pretty much don't have) the jigs, rigs, etc, can quickly become quiet an investment. I keep telling myself that these will last a long time, and they do cause I find another type that looks good too, so I buy those, and so on, no end in site yet.
I am at least smiling more and more as I continue to improve at catching crappie every time I go out. Lots of dinks and few nice ones here and there, but hey they are all crappie. I remember that many a time I have gone with minnows only and been skunked lots of times and usually would only catch 2 if I caught any. I never see anyone posting about been a poor crappie fisherman, but I don't mind mentioning it as I am a slow learner and as the Beatles sang, "It's getting better all the time".

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#12366765 - 07/31/17 07:27 PM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
Ken Gaby Offline
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Registered: 05/08/07
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Loc: Belton, TX
All good stuff there HV thumb

#15 would be the top priority on the list IMHO.
You can't catch 'em where they ain't any.
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#12366768 - 07/31/17 07:28 PM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
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Great Post.
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#12366958 - 07/31/17 09:23 PM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
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Registered: 01/26/14
Posts: 89
Loc: East Texas
Minnows are shower gay. Isn't that right Slewfoot.

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#12367104 - 07/31/17 11:15 PM Re: Jig fishing [Re: Ken Gaby]
HV Lurenut Offline
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Registered: 12/26/15
Posts: 68
Loc: Highland Village
Ken,I agree that # 15 is the most important, but # 10 is still a good reason to minnow fish from time to time. Nothing like drowning minnows and having a few cold ones with a friend and some lights on a hot summer night.
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#12367200 - 08/01/17 06:06 AM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
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Loc: Yantis, TX
Feeling the "thump" is my go-to, but watching a cork lay up sideways on the surface, or disappear to the depths below still holds a special place.

As I did, I'm sure many caught your first crappie on a minner rig.
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#12367254 - 08/01/17 07:04 AM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
bush hog Offline
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Registered: 06/12/13
Posts: 2244
Loc: Beckville, TX
I'm with Gamblinman....it's all about the thump. fish

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#12367477 - 08/01/17 09:14 AM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
zig-zag Offline
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Registered: 09/28/16
Posts: 63
hmmmGood post, we all have too learn where when how.It may be worth going EAST to crappie heaven.Just saying! flag

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#12367478 - 08/01/17 09:15 AM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
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I'm with you all the way, don't drink anymore, so no reason to drown minners, but to each his own fish
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#12368000 - 08/01/17 03:11 PM Re: Jig fishing [Re: zig-zag]
HV Lurenut Offline
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Registered: 12/26/15
Posts: 68
Loc: Highland Village
Originally Posted By: zig-zag
hmmmGood post, we all have too learn where when how.It may be worth going EAST to crappie heaven.Just saying! flag


Spent a lot of evenings under the 515 bridge on fork in the 80's. I need to get back there and try my luck with some jigs on those east Texas pigs y'all have. Its been 15-20 years since I was out there, so I doubt that I will recognize the place.
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#12368187 - 08/01/17 05:55 PM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
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Registered: 04/01/10
Posts: 744
Loc: DFW Metromess
Originally Posted By: HV Lurenut
Spent a lot of evenings under the 515 bridge on fork in the 80's. I need to get back there and try my luck with some jigs on those east Texas pigs y'all have. Its been 15-20 years since I was out there, so I doubt that I will recognize the place.


Not NEAR as many trees/stump (that you can see). wink

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#12369020 - 08/02/17 07:48 AM Re: Jig fishing [Re: HV Lurenut]
DFW-fisherman Offline
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Registered: 04/01/11
Posts: 1336
Loc: DFW
Makes a lot of sense, I mean about the boat not stinking (#9) so much with only plastics - except when you spill the garlic scent! shocked

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