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miguel

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I never fished a jig before and i got a gift certificate for outdoor pro shop i was wondering what type of jigs do u guy's throw say at like Sonoma, or Clearlake. I would like to learn how to catch fish with them but there is to much damn grass in the lakes around here, also u guy's use trailers on them? rattles also does it matter
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i like a beaver, or double wide beaver as a trailer. i also like having a rattle on it. Windsor ponds are good for jigs and are close by. although they are no clear lake, they are good practice
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This time of year you need a thin wire jig because the fish are not as fiesty in winter as ther are in summer. And make sure you fish with an open hook (not weedless).
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Miguel

This is like asking some one how do you BBQ. Your going to get several answers. Go and find something you like. Then just take jigs out with you to fish one day. Nothing else. You'll have to through it. You can not through it 5 times then change because that is all you have. If you want to change, you'll have to go home and pick up your stuff. That is not going to happen.

I like football heads because I feel it has more movement on the bottom. I also like the Gary Yatamoto twin tail grubs. Last When it is cold light weight for slow falling.

Know your going to here ten diffrent ways of fishing.

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I like using braid on my jig rod .. you can feel the jig moving on the bottem better. Try black and blue or black and green. I used a brown jig at clear lake to catch my first jig fish...
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thanks guy's but what about the weight of the jig quarter o, half o?
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I like useing braid on my jig rod .. you can feel the jig moving on the bottem better. Try balack and blue or black and green. I used a brown jig at clear lake to catch my first jig fish...


i don't use braided line anymore im over that crap, i use 12 pound maxima
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Miguel

You need to re-think your braid thoughts, Though flourcarb line is great. You can use then together.

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yeah i got a big ol spool of maxima monafilament that's what i use on all my reels for steelhead to bass, i heard u should use flourcarb for jigs. I fished braided line for like 3 years i don't like throwing it on bait casters i almost cut my finger off a couple times, and i also got tired coloring my line all the time. what size jigs u guy's usually throw?
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.5 to .75 oz with a sweetbeaver trailer
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1oz, 1/2, 3/8, 1/4

Double tail grubs. This is a great time of year for learning how to jig fish. You will get to through at pre spon and Bending fish. Last year I was fishing Clear Lake with fish all over the flats and the water so clear you could see 5-8lb bass all over the place like they where Gils. I know some people do not believe in bed fishing but when you put them back as soon as your catch them I believe that they are no wheres for the ware.

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It is all about situations. Funny you mention these local lakes and all the weeds. Weeds are great for jigs! Wait, everywhere and every time of year is great for jigs. You just got to know how to use them or just throw them.

If I were just beginning I would go with 3/8 and 1/2 oz. A few Arkie heads with heavy wire for flipping and heavy cover and a few football heads with a lighter wire for open water. Stick with the basic colors, blk and brn then use trailers for color variation. I like beavers, twin tail yamamoto grubs and pork for trailers. They can make a difference, believe me.

I know a couple guys recommended 1/4 oz but for someone just beginning with jigs you will not have the feel you would with heavier jigs. Just a thought.

Lines for jigs are the same thing. I prefer fluoro for open water and braid for thick cover. Don't like mono anymore for jig fishing. If you limit yourself here, you're going to catch less fish. Period. Just the same with rods. Think of bass fishing like golf, you wouldn't use a putter to try to drive your ball 300 yards.

I could go on and on but you can ask me personally at Sonoma if you are willing to battle with the entire club/me. Everyone knows I'll have at least two or three tied on during that tournament!

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It is all about situations. Funny you mention these local lakes and all the weeds. Weeds are great for jigs! Wait, everywhere and every time of year is great for jigs. You just got to know how to use them or just throw them.

If I were just beginning I would go with 3/8 and 1/2 oz. A few Arkie heads with heavy wire for flipping and heavy cover and a few football heads with a lighter wire for open water. Stick with the basic colors, blk and brn then use trailers for color variation. I like beavers, twin tail yamamoto grubs and pork for trailers. They can make a difference, believe me.

I know a couple guys recommended 1/4 oz but for someone just beginning with jigs you will not have the feel you would with heavier jigs. Just a thought.

Lines for jigs are the same thing. I prefer fluoro for open water and braid for thick cover. Don't like mono anymore for jig fishing. If you limit yourself here, you're going to catch less fish. Period. Just the same with rods. Think of bass fishing like golf, you wouldn't use a putter to try to drive your ball 300 yards.

I could go on and on but you can ask me personally at Sonoma if you are willing to battle with the entire club/me. Everyone knows I'll have at least two or three tied on during that tournament!

Todd


Nice!I was hoping one of our best known jigmasters was going to get in on this one.Good answer Todd,by all means go on and on we don`t mind at all. I also like the golf analogy,well put.OK Travis your turn next jig jedi master

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My jig experience came from flipping 1/2oz jigs into heavy cover. This way I learned about trailers and colors. I found trailers vary big time from real pork to plastic. There is a time and place for each kind of trailer. Self preference comes to play big time. You'll figure out what you like from time on the water. My personal biggest bass of 11.82 which is also our clubs record bass came while flipping a 1/2oz blk/char with a pork trailer on 65 lb powerpro braided line. I use braid 99% of the time while flipping. I'll thread on 30' of 20lb florocarbon if Im flipping clear water.

I only started using football jigs with confidence a few years ago after fishing with Mr Stansbury and an old timer at Lake Shasta. I started with the Spider jig as they some times call it. It's 1/2oz football head with a light wire hook and a hula grub in green pumpkin. This is a killer open water jig for me. I just cast it out and drag it along the bottom. Always be ready for the thump or tick tick of the line. It takes time to get the confidence needed to fish with a jig, but nothing speeds that process up faster then fishing with someone who is slaying fish on a jig. I usually use 15lb test florocarbon on a 7' heavy Lamirod.

Any time you can get Todd to give you any information on jig fish be sure to listen. If Travis is there too you might want to break out the recorder or note pad. These guys are jig masters. Also be sure to read Bassmaster and Basswest Magazine's to learn more on fishing Jig's.
Good luck and when in dought, set the hook.

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thanks for all the info guy's what about fishing really thick grass out in open water should i use more of a finesse jig?
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