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JIg Weights

Beau Butler's picture

By Beau Butler - Posted on 01 June 2010

Ok, let's have some talk about jig weights. Want to know in this hot weather if a light jig-1/16th will outfish a heavier jig- or vice versa. I have my thoughts but want to hear some input from all the pros.

Ray's picture

Beau I am also hooked on 1/16 ounce jigs. I fish with them even in 25 foot of water but I have been burned a couple of times by the bigger jig. When I have beginner crappiei fishermen with me I typically rig them a 1/8 ounce jig. It just seems to give them a better feel for brush or fish. On a few occasions the person with me using the 1/8 jumped out to a big lead and made me change. Another time I use the 1/8 is when the water is muddy. In muddy water I truly believe the crappie can locate and hit the bigger jig better. Now I also go to a bigger skirt with the 1/8. 2 to 2.5 inch skirt. Another strange habit I have developed is keeping a big jig (1/8 and 2.5 skirt) ready to go. After I fish a spot before I leave I drop the big jig in. Sometimes it gets me a couple more fish and seems like I get big crappie sometimes.


danny malone's picture

Beau, no expert here but i use 1/16 @ this time. As the need to fish deeper (hot weather) would fish 1/8 or i lose "feel" of jig. But i am guilty of putting down jig pole and minnow fishing, esp. if my partner is putting a whooping on me. He loves minnows.

Beau Butler's picture

Danny, Fished with my wife and another lady, both of which uses minnows, slow trolling. they caught a lot of fish, but mostly little fish, less than 12". I was vertical jigging, using a 1/4 ounce slip sinker above a 1/8th ounce jig head. I caught only big fish, and as many as the two of them caught on minnows. That was day one. Day two, I dropped to 1/16th ounce jig head, no slip weight and caught a ton of fish, quite a few over 2lbs and several 3 or better, again no small fish on the jig and nibbles. Hmmmm

danny malone's picture

Beau, man your killing me with those nice fish, i may have to load the wagon and head your way. Hope you give my secret tip i gave you. good fishing danny.

Beau Butler's picture

Danny, The verdict is still out on the secret tip. I convinced a friend of mine to try it and he came back with tears in his eyes, so I guess he did. (Also smelled like hamburger though)

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