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Vertical jigging Master
11-23-2012, 03:14 PM,
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Vertical jigging Master
A few days ago ,on big flatland Pymatuning reservoir which straddles the Ohio/Pennsylvania border, I lucked into seeing an absolute jigging master at work! Ole" Red" was the essence of concentration as he barely nodded his 5 1/2' ultralight rod just a few slow inches, working directly over a brushpile 16' below him. He was awaiting the subtle take of his favorite crappie, his usual daily take of 35,50, or 100+ SLABS,that have earned him the title of "the LEGEND of Pymatuning" by respectful local anglers. His handtied 1/32 and 1/16 oz jigs also boast a huge following, the limber little swimmers being unique in that they are fashioned from FABRIC material, tied inexpensively,but carefully well balanced, from bright shirt fibers! These flappy little jigs catches for him, in addition to tons of crappies even through the dog days of summer, many big walleyes (he kicked off a 28 incher at boatside while I was watching him -"too tough to eat" barked Red!), many smallmouth bass, and muskies up to 45 inches(yep, same 4# test mono)!

Talking with him, Red told me he vertical jigs almost exclusively, right IN (not merely around) the 12-18' brushpiles he carefully, CONSTANTLY scopes with his depth finder.He likes only having, at most, 15' of line straight below him for cautious hitting crappies. If wind & waves create boat motion, he puts on a split shot above his lure, rather than a heavier jig ;he wants something light & chewable for a crappie or big perch to easily suck in.Sometimes Red will notice suspending crappies on the depth finder which he ALWAYS monitors, and will gently nod(he calls it a "nothing" motion!) his jig ,then, right amongst them at that depth. With any hint of a tap, Red is not exactly gentle in his hook set,but misses few and has a well preset drag to protect light line - a 16 or even 18" crappie is not unexpected, and can seriously test ultralight spinning outfits!

I'm going to have to interview this "Santa Claus" looking character at length for a longer detailing of his vertical method, at a near future time. In the meantime some of you might luck into him at his usual booth (and seminars) during this year's tackle shows in Erie,PA , Buffalo ,NY, Cleveland,Ohio, or Niles,Ohio. Or follow him around on Pym -living near shore, he's out most everyday, all day, during most any condition. Just don't go looking to retrieve any of his snagged jigs -he'll often fish with his lure ticking those downstairs sticks for 12 hours,only losing ONE jig, tops, for the entire session!
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11-23-2012, 03:41 PM,
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RE: Vertical jigging Master
gotta watch those old timers, they will take ya to school!!
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11-23-2012, 04:00 PM,
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RE: Vertical jigging Master
Nicely written JJ...and yes there is nothing like the "thump" while vertical jigging...Ive had the pleasure of watching some of the old masters myself,and learned alot from them as well..
"Only death will end my love affair with Texas." Bob Bullock
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11-23-2012, 04:01 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-23-2012, 04:02 PM by Radtexan.)
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Meant to add,one of my mentors Ive seen catch hundreds in the belly or tail,he says he felt them swimming near his line.... Tongue Tongue
"Only death will end my love affair with Texas." Bob Bullock
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11-23-2012, 04:12 PM,
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RE: Vertical jigging Master
JJ - You don't have a pic of any of his jigs do you???
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11-23-2012, 04:45 PM,
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RE: Vertical jigging Master
What kind of mono does Red use? Doesn't like braid?

How do you keep from snagging and losing jigs IN brushpiles?
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11-23-2012, 05:52 PM,
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Fatman and Hawn, I should be getting up to Red's house to FINALLY tie some jigs with him (he typically needs 1000s for those winter tackle shows -even at that,last year he completely ran out and really had to scramble to tie bunches more to finish out the show schedule! His regular customers and those who have heard of his reputation can't get enough of these jigs!!). He told me just today that he'll be revving up the tying schedule, as a bad knee keeps him somewhat homebound right now when he's not out on the lake, and cold fronts & high winds will have Pym unfishable for some time (MAYBE a day or two left this season!). So I'll try to get some photos of his jigs, and also dig more into what brand of mono he uses (no, he doesn't do braid), rods (just common variety ,short graphites),etc.. He claims by lowering straight down in the brush,even tho he likes to FEEL the jig batting the sticks, he rarely snags (tho SOME days....). He says on days when wind has his boat moving around,however, and he attaches the split shot to keep the line somewhat straight & the light jig down, that the SPLIT SHOT is far worse for hanging the brush than his jigs! But, as I stated above, I'll be listening carefully to this for-real MASTER's details & advice, and will post a longer story here-stay tuned!
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11-23-2012, 09:26 PM,
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RE: Vertical jigging Master
Thanks JJ
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11-24-2012, 10:42 AM,
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yeah, we gotta take a look at his jigs!! altho with skill like he has, he could probably catch them with just about anything.
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11-24-2012, 10:55 AM,
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Good read! I look forward to seeing a pic of that awesome jig too.
Ronnie
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