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Old 03-05-2008, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Lead Head Jigs Paint/No Paint

Just a question to get everyones thoughts about painted lead head jigs verses no paint. I have read several articals during the course of many years in many of the major mags about this, but have never given it any serious consideration. I personaly have always made the effort to use painted jig heads in almost every situation, and have experimented with with many different colors, all of which I make and paint myself.
Thought it would be interesting to see what all of you on this forum had to say about it.
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm sure there's times it doesn't matter, but I always use painted or powder coated jigs.
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Good topic,

I like multi colored jigs. Theory being,,, if one color isn't turning the fish on, maybe the other color is...

I also like the jigs that are a metallic high shine, gold or silver. Can't say they have ver performed any better than any other color, but I like em!

For a single color, in colorado walleye waters, white or chartuese. always.

Here in eastern Kansas, red is supposed to be pretty hot. We'll see.
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I use all colors, my dad pours them and paints them. The only unpainted ones are used for tube jigs.
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I just saw/ read somewhere that they have proven that the fish go for that head thinking it's the eye of the bait that they are attacking. So that would indicate that color would be important. Don't flame me I'm just reporting what I understand...
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i use them both ways, sometimes you do better with colors but most times it dosn't seem to matter.
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also depends on the variation of presentations. Jiggin, slow bouncing on bottom, I usually use the time old rule, brighter colors in murky water, less bright in clear water. On rip rap try and match the craw color. But I was just saying in another topic that I use no paint lead heads for casting swimbaits as I have had much better luck with them that way. Just plain lead metal for a color.

So its really just a case of testing various methods til the fish start biting. Then stick with that til they stop.
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I think when you fishing plastic grubs or minnows the color is probably not that critical. When just tipping a jighead with a leech or crawler having some color works better. I always use colored heads these days, but used to just fish with plain ones or silver ones and did just fine when throwing grubs. I am even leaning more towards the colored jigheads with the small spinnerblades, like the roadrunners. Cabela's sells ones that I really like with a short hook for pitching leeches.
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I usually buy white or chartruse when fishing Roadrunners...I mix and match the gubs..On regular jigheads, I like white and firetiger. I also used to do well with the brass colored jigs...I don't know why I haven't bought any of those in a while...I should pick some up...
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I use the un-painted jigs on white, black or some neutral colored swim baits in shallow or fairly clear water. If I go deep I use chartuese and orange. I buy the jig heads and do the powder coating myself while I'm cooking on the gas stove. The chartruese ones are easy to find if you drop them in the stew.
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