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#12487933 - 11/01/17 02:05 PM Jig head weights?
Rockportreds Offline
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Registered: 08/07/17
Posts: 29
Loc: Rockport
What weights do y'all like to use for various depths and current. What is your favorite all around jig head weight?
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#12488256 - 11/01/17 06:45 PM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
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Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
1/8 oz Oldham screw lick gets the job.
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#12488349 - 11/01/17 07:44 PM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
Captain Nathan Beabout Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 287
Loc: Seadrift, Tx
1/8 oz screw lock

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#12490300 - 11/03/17 07:29 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
Grinder55 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 1079
Loc: Rockport, Texas
1/8 oz. Rockport Rattler jigs - chartreuse/redeye is my favorite and works year round

here's a few pics of fish caught on'em by different anglers at different times of the year

Fish will hit that Rockport Rattler even when they are feeding on live bait.

The RR black/gold eye has won a LOT of kayak tournaments over the last 14 years.













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#12490530 - 11/03/17 09:49 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
TXMako2201 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 105
I'm a fan of the 1/8 rockport rattler as well. Like the sound and the hooks are super sharp. I like the quick locks (smooth barrel). Seems to work pretty well with all soft plastics if rigged properly.

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#12490817 - 11/03/17 12:55 PM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 1079
Loc: Rockport, Texas
TXMako2201, it was the QuickLock than finally got me the US Patent on the Rockport Rattler© jigs back in 2009.

I put the original RR's on the market back in 2003 and you have to file for a US Patent within 1 year of putting a product on the market.

I had the QuickLock in my "back pocket" in case any other tackle company tried to give me some competition.

Basically, getting the US Patent wasn't the fact that I was the 1st put a rattle in a jig - it was the fact that I made the QuickLock "adjustable" - which provided moving the quicklock being able to move to the left and then to the right as well as up, ... so after fish strikes you could get a fresh grip in that soft plastic by adjusting the QuickLock up, left or right and therefore get more mileage out of those expensive soft plastics.

The last set of RR's I got from the new owner didn't have the quicklock made right so I could adjust it. The QuickLock didn't move.

That surprised me and is a bummer if that's the way the Quicklocks are being made now on a mass scale.

I may have to go back to pouring my own QuickLock RR's when using Gulp!, although I do prefer the original RR's on most other soft plastics.
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#12491494 - 11/04/17 06:12 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
Bayou Burner Offline
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Registered: 07/26/08
Posts: 3588
Loc: Chocolate Bayou/Lake Conroe
When it gets real cold I use a 1/16. Generally 1/8-3/16 mostly.
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#12496523 - 11/08/17 09:55 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Grinder55]
TXMako2201 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 105
Originally Posted By: Grinder55
TXMako2201, it was the QuickLock than finally got me the US Patent on the Rockport Rattler© jigs back in 2009.

I put the original RR's on the market back in 2003 and you have to file for a US Patent within 1 year of putting a product on the market.

I had the QuickLock in my "back pocket" in case any other tackle company tried to give me some competition.

Basically, getting the US Patent wasn't the fact that I was the 1st put a rattle in a jig - it was the fact that I made the QuickLock "adjustable" - which provided moving the quicklock being able to move to the left and then to the right as well as up, ... so after fish strikes you could get a fresh grip in that soft plastic by adjusting the QuickLock up, left or right and therefore get more mileage out of those expensive soft plastics.

The last set of RR's I got from the new owner didn't have the quicklock made right so I could adjust it. The QuickLock didn't move.

That surprised me and is a bummer if that's the way the Quicklocks are being made now on a mass scale.

I may have to go back to pouring my own QuickLock RR's when using Gulp!, although I do prefer the original RR's on most other soft plastics.
wink



Wow - Wish they were still made that way!!! I like them because they don't tear up the inside of the plastic as bad as other jigheads but your design is even better!

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#12496597 - 11/08/17 10:45 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 519
Loc: Brazoria County
I always liked the lightest I could get away with, which usually was 1/16 ounce. I hardly ever used anything heavier than 1/8 ounce. Maybe once in a while 1/4 ounce in deeper, fast moving water. I tend to stay pretty shallow when I fish, usually 4-5 feet or less. That's how most of the small circle of people I fish with tend to fish, 1/16 or 1/8th ounce in fairly shallow water. One friend who is a wizard throwing soft plastics almost always on 1/16 ounce heads will use them deep and shallow and will usually catch fish that way if the fish are there. His success with light weight heads even in deeper water informed me to the value of light jig heads. But a lot of his success has to do with how he presents the soft plastic. The idea is that lighter jig heads have a chance to fall more naturally making for a better presentation. My friends and I have bought in to this idea. But then another friend of mine slays the fish, flounder, trout and reds using big gulp on 3/8 ounce heads tied straight to the braid. It's probably a good idea to carry a variety of weights of jig heads is what that tells me.

I never used jig heads with rattles much, but since I started fly fishing I put 3mm pyrex rattles into some of my saltwater patterns and the rattles do seem to help get fish to take the fly. Sometimes, a fish will break a rattle and the fly doesn't work as well after that getting fish to commit.

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#12496614 - 11/08/17 10:57 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
Duck_Jerky Offline
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Registered: 02/21/02
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Loc: Kaufman, TX
1/8 swim bait hook
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#12496688 - 11/08/17 12:05 PM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: karstopo]
Rockportreds Offline
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Registered: 08/07/17
Posts: 29
Loc: Rockport
Great info !thank you
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#12577664 - 01/14/18 05:12 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
Dolores Malone Offline
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Registered: 01/06/18
Posts: 5
Loc: Froe Street, Fairmon
I don't get too over excited about jig heads. simply a plain ball head can work fine.Anywhere from a 1/8 to 1/4 oz. depending on the size of the swimbait and also the wind.

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#12577810 - 01/14/18 08:44 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
Posts: 5720
Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
Dolores,
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Have you ever used a premium head like a Oldham screw lock with Gamakatsu hook? If not,you're really missing out on a lot of fish you're not catching.
A flounder or big trout especially will clamp down so hard on your plastic that when you set the hook, the hook doesn't move to strike and you get the dreaded "spit out" because the hook never went home.

Nothing grasses up quicker than a ball head.
You've got much better choices now, venture forth and increase your catch.
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#12577892 - 01/14/18 09:37 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
karstopo Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 519
Loc: Brazoria County
Gamakatsu hooks are great.

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#12594966 - 01/25/18 09:41 AM Re: Jig head weights? [Re: Rockportreds]
hardheadking Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/21/06
Posts: 65
Loc: Auistin, tx
I hear the small stuff is best right now. Same rule applies for bass fishing in cold as well. Small is good.
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