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Old 04-27-2016, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Went out and got schooled by some walleyes this evening (pun intended). Was pulling a 1/4oz jig tipped with a crawler. Hooked up on 4 fish, was able to see 2 of them before they came unbuttoned. Both high 20" tanks, the other 2 felt just as good. From what I could see they were barely hooked in the upper lip. My question is why, 4 fish in a row with the same result.

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6lb mono with 8lb fluorocarbon leader.
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Maybe a lighter jig? Sounds like they were barely sucking it all in. Also were they good quality (sharp) hooks?
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Maybe a lighter jig? Sounds like they were barely sucking it all in. Also were they good quality (sharp) hooks?
I was thinking maybe a lighter jig might help. I was using Northland FireBall jigs, hooks seem pretty sharp. They weren't very aggressive, they would thump it then just get real heavy. The 1st one felt like a snag for the first few seconds.
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Try a longer shanked jig. Fireball jigs are great with minnows,not so much worms. Heck loose the bait all together and throw plastics. Neal's blog has some good suggestion .
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I've tried soft plastics and Gulp products there before without much luck. Normally after a cold front the Ol' jig and crawler works. Maybe I needed to give them a couple extra seconds before setting the hook. And I agree Neal's blog is great, I've referred to it many times.
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Make/or buy some stinger hooks. That will significantly up your hook up ratio. Specifically when they aren't feeding aggressively.
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For jig fishing, I like just straight fluoro. I'd go up to 10 or 12#. If you don't like that, go with braid or Nanofil as your main line, with your fluoro leader. I suggest both for better hooksets. Sounds like the rod you're using is good, but your line might be a little light for jig fishing and hook setting.

Braid and Nanofil have no stretch. Heavy fluoro does still stretch a bit, but not as much as mono.
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For jig fishing, I like just straight fluoro. I'd go up to 10 or 12#. If you don't like that, go with braid or Nanofil as your main line, with your fluoro leader. I suggest both for better hooksets. Sounds like the rod you're using is good, but your line might be a little light for jig fishing and hook setting.

Braid and Nanofil have no stretch. Heavy fluoro does still stretch a bit, but not as much as mono.
started using this setup a couple years ago for jig fishing. it really makes a difference
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For jig fishing, I like just straight fluoro. I'd go up to 10 or 12#. If you don't like that, go with braid or Nanofil as your main line, with your fluoro leader. I suggest both for better hooksets. Sounds like the rod you're using is good, but your line might be a little light for jig fishing and hook setting.

Braid and Nanofil have no stretch. Heavy fluoro does still stretch a bit, but not as much as mono.
I have a new spool of 20lb PowerPro, I've been meaning to switch over to it. If the weather holds off I'll give it try this evening.
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