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#12796146 - 06/18/18 11:23 AM Hair Jig or Plastic
Buff2 Offline
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Registered: 04/08/09
Posts: 205
Loc: Avinger TX
I have no less than 30 pounds of plastic jigs. All the major brands in about every color you can imagine.
I can't remember the last time I used one.
I have been using 3 different hair jigs from Pappy. The purple passion, white hot and bad shad.
I just can't seem to quit catching fish on the hair jigs.

Is there a time when the plastics work better?

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#12796170 - 06/18/18 11:35 AM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
fishin'aholic2 Offline
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Registered: 11/08/07
Posts: 13848
Loc: Irving, Texas
IMO, They both work equally well but each has their place and time. I have a good amount of both. I typically use more plastics in the Spring, Summer and Fall when the water is warm and fish are pretty active (most of the time). I tend to use more hair jigs during the winter to get more bites from cold sluggish fish. I also tend to use more hair jigs during the winter due to the way I fish with a jig and bobber. That way I don't have to reel in and fix my plastic jig when I miss a fish across the creek. There have been several occasions where when the fish get finicky in the summer and I switch over to hair jigs, I start catching fish. This has been the case the last few trips.
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#12796960 - 06/18/18 08:03 PM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
canyoncreek06 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 688
Loc: Victoria, TX
I fish both. Like you, the hair jigs have been producing much better lately for me. I get mine from Stump Thumper Jigs and just ordered some from MVM Tackle on here. "Neapolitan", Light Blue Splash and a custom color have been the best producers with some others running a close second. I will put plastics on a couple rods and drop them down if the fishing is good and I'm hanging up a lot. Mainly because I don't mind losing those as much as the hand tied. woot



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#12797078 - 06/18/18 09:19 PM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
Grainraiser Offline
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Registered: 10/10/09
Posts: 2561
Loc: Mesquite TX
I bet I have about the same amount of plastics if not more. I just started hand tying jigs and I have the bug pretty bad. There is something about catching crappie on a jig that you made that just brings a smile your face. To be honest I think if you put a jig in a crappie face he is going to eat it if he is hungry. I will be the first to admit that jigs catch more fisherman than crappie.

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#12797142 - 06/18/18 10:20 PM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
Mckinneycrappiecatcher Offline
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Registered: 12/20/10
Posts: 3733
Loc: mckinney, tx
I do use hair jigs, but the slow fall on a hair jig has been irritating lately with all the wind, so I’ve gone with plastics to get down faster.
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#12797175 - 06/18/18 11:14 PM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
fridays86 Offline
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Registered: 01/05/04
Posts: 374
Loc: Munday, TX, US
I would like to see a picture of that honey jig if possible

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#12797271 - 06/19/18 06:44 AM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
Jig Man Offline
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Mostly feather for me...I use hair and plastic on larger more toothy fish.
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#12797336 - 06/19/18 08:07 AM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: fridays86]
Buff2 Offline
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Registered: 04/08/09
Posts: 205
Loc: Avinger TX
Originally Posted By: fridays86
I would like to see a picture of that honey jig if possible


I have had a white hot tied on my 11' G-Rod for 3 months. I am using spider wire line. When I hang it up I just pull it loose and bend the hook back. It has caught several hundred fish so far

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#12797412 - 06/19/18 08:48 AM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: fridays86]
canyoncreek06 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 688
Loc: Victoria, TX
Originally Posted By: fridays86
I would like to see a picture of that honey jig if possible


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#12798059 - 06/19/18 03:38 PM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
gar1970 Offline
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Registered: 04/23/11
Posts: 1840
Loc: southwest more west than south...

All crappie plastics. I haven't used a plastic in 6months thats how long I've been tying. I use fur now and wouldn't go back
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#12798728 - 06/19/18 11:23 PM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
SlabbedSilly Offline
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Registered: 03/21/05
Posts: 546
Loc: Lubbock, TX


Feathers 10 months out of the year. It's all just personal preference and confidence.
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#12798786 - 06/20/18 05:55 AM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
TexMann1 Offline
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Registered: 11/15/17
Posts: 90
Loc: Texas
I like my own hand tied jigs. Nothing more fun than catching crappie on your own creations.


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#12798899 - 06/20/18 07:47 AM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
SenkoSam Offline
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Registered: 09/03/03
Posts: 168
Loc: New York


Nice crappie BTW! I too like float fishing for crappie and use certain soft plastic designs on light jigs.


Edited by SenkoSam (06/20/18 07:48 AM)

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#12798912 - 06/20/18 08:00 AM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
SenkoSam Offline
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Registered: 09/03/03
Posts: 168
Loc: New York
The thing about plastic vs hair or feather is the versatility of design.
For example, I recently found how good wacky rigged grubs are:


Creature designs catch all species:

Cone tail or Crappie Magnet grubs work anytime any place:


Spike tails work great:

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#12798925 - 06/20/18 08:09 AM Re: Hair Jig or Plastic [Re: Buff2]
SenkoSam Offline
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Registered: 09/03/03
Posts: 168
Loc: New York
You can modify many soft plastics you own to be more effective:


The thin flat tail works at any speed retrieve whereas the curl tail must be moving at a certain speed to move. Give me a straight thin tail any day!


The nice thing about soft plastics on light jigs 1/32-1/8 oz., is that most species of fish bite them, even this large catfish!










Edited by SenkoSam (06/20/18 08:13 AM)

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