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Your First Iron Choice of the Day

Discussion in 'Private Boaters and General Saltwater' started by kciuchta, May 4, 2018.

  1. kciuchta

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    I'm curious....

    Do you have a favorite jig to start off the day on the first stop? Is it mostly luck or do conditions determine which jig to throw at first? I know it changes throughout the day and fish can be keyed in on something specific, I'm only asking about the very first choice.

    If weather/conditions dictate then how do you choose your color/size?

    Thanks.
     
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    JRI 4T in Solid Mint
     
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    Dirty water = Bird **** 7x
    Clear water = Mint Starman
     
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    Good old Salsa 6X in blue/white. I have caught so many fish on that jig.
     
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    My favorite is a Starman 115 or 112 in mint. Both the originals and the ones Tady recently started making work great.
     
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    Same here.
     
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    reebs xl1 in bleeding mack color....mainly because its one of my best swimming jigs.
     
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    Any color preference for the first cast?
     
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    The one with all the paint chipped off.
     
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    The first jig I tie on is whatever I have confidence in. Which typically boils down to whatever jig I feel I can swim the best. That should be your number one priority. If you are looking for what color to use...

    Yellows: I look at my blue/white, green/white, mint, bait colored jigs, ect....and pick the one I feel swims the best.

    Calicos: Birdshit or scrambled egg jig, anything with browns....and the one that swims the best.

    Tuna: anything chrome or shiny....or the bait colored jigs....that swim well.

    If I don't have a jig in any of those colors Ill just tie one that swims.

    Also, if I have new jigs...I don't ever tie them on first if I haven't made casts with them and figured out how they swim. I will wait to get a couple fish on deck before testing new jigs.
     
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    I don't really beleive in color, if the thing swims it' gonna get eaten
     
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    If you don't know how a jig is supposed to swim grab a JRI in any color. Most all other brands off the rack will not "swim" or "kick". 19 out of 20 JRI jigs will swim/kick. If you don't know how to pick out a jig your already at a disadvantage. I'm not sure color comes into play as much as action or size......with that said pick your best swimming jig you own and start with that. I like to start with a bigger jig and work down depending on conditions.

    I remember having a conversation with Fishboy92 on retiring his beat up (no paint) jigs just because they looked warn-out...don't do it!

    If they swim they catch fish.
     
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    Right on! I'm just getting into jig fishing, and especially interested in surface fishing. All good info from this thread. I've got a nice mix to try out, just need more time on the water.
     
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    cruise down to a harbor or bay or whatever, try and find a public dock and you can practice your casts and figure out how which jigs swim and what kind of retrieve works best for each jig.

    edit: if I go fish the bay at night or whatever, I will just bring my jig stick in the car and when I am done fishing grab it and make some casts for like 30 min.
     
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    Now we're sharing a brain... I'll be throwing different jigs and watching them/taking mental notes in MB this weekend while soaking some bait.
    Here's a new thought... If I tie a snap swivel while experimenting in the bay simply for the sake of changing jigs quickly because I'd like to run through 15-20, will the swivel affect the kick of the jig, giving me some inaccurate action off of them? If so I'll just retie each jig for apples to apples sake. Thanks.
     
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    The only issue with hat rather than tying a palomar or something directly to the ring is that now the welded nub can get caught in the hole of the jig, screwing up the action. Little pro tip Paul on the Liberty showed me awhile back. If your knot is directly on the weld, you won’t have any problems with the kick of the jig.
     
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    Which model of the JRI jigs do you like?
     
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    I agree, no snap swivel. Don't want the weld moving around through the hole of the jig.

    BUT

    I was always taught to tie the line 90 degrees from the weld. Like if the weld is at 12 tie the line at 3 or 9. Tie a good knot and your line doesn't rub against the weld and the weld doesn't get anywhere near the hole.

    How much that all really matters or how often the line on the weld will actually break you off who knows. I have tied my line to the ring both ways and havent had a problem yet either way...so meh.
     
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