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Hadn't used a feather jig and figured it was time
« on: June 24, 2019, 11:02:12 PM »
A friend told me recently that he uses feather jigs for trout and since trout strike everything all fish strike, why not make one and try it in a local lake. Sure enough it caught a dozen fish - namely bass, sunfish and crappie.
(The one on the bottom is a Joker tail added to a grub body that wasn't cast.):




These also caught fish:



I didn't want to start fishing until the clouds moved in which happened by noon. With a ripple on the water, the bite was good in the shallows near weed beds and undershady tree branches where the shore dropped fast into deep water.
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Re: Hadn't used a feather jig and figured it was time
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2019, 08:59:13 AM »
Oddly enough what you have there isnt much different from a maribou hair jig. I have always had some confidence in it. Then earlier this year in NH I blasted quality smallies on it. So yeah I will vouch for it catching fish. Quality fish too. 
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Re: Hadn't used a feather jig and figured it was time
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2019, 09:08:15 AM »

I used a marabou feather.

Will definitely make spares!! The action is so fluid - almost ghostly and fish of all species and sizes thumped it !
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Re: Hadn't used a feather jig and figured it was time
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2019, 10:19:18 AM »
Got some real good smallies on a hair jig.



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Re: Hadn't used a feather jig and figured it was time
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2019, 11:04:46 AM »
I've been reading about hair jigs for smallies for over 25 years now.

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Re: Hadn't used a feather jig and figured it was time
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2019, 12:54:49 PM »
It is crazy how some of the old school baits are still big time players. From the wiggelwart, to the shad rap, to the silver buddy, its crazy how well they all play and for smallies all have a big role. I think part of it is that they get used to seeing stuff.  The hair jig is not something I grew up doing at all and when I started fishing for smallies the jerkbait was my number 1 confidence bait whenever I was fishing shallower open water. The catch is that everywhere I go people are throwing jerkbaits. Granted I still have had some huge days with it and it will always have a place in my heart but this is the first year where the hair jig is outfishing the jerkbait for me. Part of it is that I really feel like this is something thats been around forever, but not many people are throwing it where I fish. I hear there are parts of the country where this is a staple, but in the northeast people still tend to prefer the jerkbait. Such a tiny little bait you would think it catches dinks. Not the case.
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Re: Hadn't used a feather jig and figured it was time
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2019, 04:48:16 PM »
Will always prefer soft plastics over any hard lure. Today I caught 50 fish/ 5 species in different designs I made up rigged on a 1/16 oz ball head jig.
Having confirmed which did great, it's just a matter of copying them.