Vertical jigging Master

jiggerjohn

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Hey guys, Just back from an Outer Banks (saltwater ) vacation with my family. I thought I'd introduce Red's wool & fabric jigs in the salty sound areas, as conditions had NO ONE catching anything on their usual stuff. Found our best heads were the little tiny !/32 oz &1/24 ozers(split shot up line for casting) that Hawn jigs produces with tiny no 8 &6 hooks -something the saltwater species had rarely ,if ever, encountered! I discovered down there an amazing jig tipping material, and thought I'd share this letter to the "Fishbites" people,describing the details of the trip & success with their product:
Dear FB Folks, Despite 50+ years specializing with light tackle freshwater jigging tactics, YOUR wonderful Fishbites recently changed my entire outlook on fishing! My family and I vacationed this first week of November on North Carolina's Outer Banks, my self imposed mission to determine how my beloved homemade ultralight jigs would perform in extensive saltwater sounds and marsh areas.

Although much of our inland lake & river jig fishing is often most successful with live minnow or crayfish tipping, visits to EVERY coastal tackle shop impressed me with large displays of your neatly packaged Fishbite product. Wow, a 1/4" cut square of this super enhanced material seemed perfect for my planned concentration on mere 1/16 and 1/32 oz leadheads. Indeed, it was !

Without bulky bait to thwart the pulsating action of my specially formed fabric lures, the little wool covered jigs performed better than ever. In combination with a tiny section of Fishbites, my 32 year old son and I scored instantly and continually on a variety of both big and small species. One couldn't tell from our success, but conditions were actually quite poor with high winds, murky water, and cold front conditions ; no one else was catching anything in a variety of areas that we worked.

One afternoon son Sean hooked and played a "freight train" that eventually cut him off from a barnacle encrusted wooden piling, on our tiniest 1/32 oz jig model, carrying just a speck of red bloodworm Fishbites (absolutely great color contrast on our white & gold jig skirts!). Monsters are not supposed to grab 1" lures, but the fantastic FB scent obviously convinced this one!

One unusually calm, rainy afternoon produced 11 beautifully colored sea trout -would have been a "blitz" if anyone else on that popular bridge walkway caught even a mere fish or two! Yet Sean & I were the only ones using Fishbites jigs, with the rest sticking with a variety of live &cut bait, shrimp, and other, much lesser(!!), scented plastics.

I've heard that you hard working,dedicated people have been seriously researching fresh water formulas ; PLEASE tell me that you've developed strips such as the "bag 'o worms", that gave us such tremendous results,for crappie,bass, and rainbow trout!!! If so, I will never again fuss with messy, hard to store/transport minnows,crayfish, or nightcrawlers as jig tippings! By the way, with your permission I'd love to share my newfound joy of this "discovery"of FB tipping through a few articles that I'm already planning! Heck, we just may make live bait obsolete in freshwater jig fishing, as it already has me convinced in the salt!


 

Hawnjigs

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How far down is the water? Must be tricky jigging over the railings.

Those "trout" are supposed to be sea run brown trout, but I don't see much resemblance?
 

jiggerjohn

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The water level in that sound is about 6' below the catwalk -if ya pointed the 6 1/2' rods that we were using downward ,it actually helped the slow ,steady twitching ,bottom walk retrieve, and had the rod tip just a few feet above the surface. I have no idea how we would've landed Sean's run away monster if he'd have turned him, tho one of the guys on the catwalk produced a long handled net, and was hovering around (Sean said he just got in the way!) These trout are "speckled trout" or spotted sea trout ,not brownies. I just held my breath when I hauled one of these flopping trout up and over the railings, but that old Faithful Ande 6# Tournament line is amazingly reliable! Then,again, that VMC #8 hook, tho tiny, is extremely strong for its size and held fast, once a trout was hooked and coming my way, 100% of the time! (Plus I think after this summer, even ole Red is considering changing to this hook for his jigs!!).
 

Uncle Grump

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Been reading this thread - don't think I'd done that before....quite the read.

Question - is Red still with us?

Any other updates to stuff in here?

UG
 

jiggerjohn

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Uncle Grump, Yep, talked to Red the other day - so I THINK he's still with us (Tho Red will be the first to tell you, he's "not all there" anyway!). But Red is already out chasin the crappies & bluegills with his jigs, and while doing so last week "accidently" hooked into a muskie on his 2# test line!Just waitin now for Spring wind & storms to clear out and allow more time out on Pymatuning reservoir to vertical jig the big crappies over deeper brushpiles & humps. Lots of stuff to update the jigs, tho the basic satin/wool form hasn't changed and continues to slay the fish!
 

rich mc

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after reading all the pages again I tied a few up . the colors of the satin really stand out. did some testing at the local dock this afternoon. they look great and I caught a small walleye and some bass during the short time I was there. guess im heading to the craft store tomorrow for some more colors! thank you to all those that joined in on that thread. rich mc
 

bucktail

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Great stories and another pattern to try...great writeups throughout this thread jiggerjohn
I see it as a way to show off someone's passion and also a great friend you look up too
we all have one of these guys in our lives we mention here and there,way to pay a tribute to a friend and a great fisherman
sorry to dig up a old thread but I am just making my way around jig craft
Thanks for sharing
 

Bigjim

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It is a small world. Knew Red for 40 years. I bought his son and grandsons fur at the shop. Sold his jigs in our store. Totally top notch!!!. He would give us Canadian geese for our pond. They had wing problems, so they would raise a brood, send the kids off to migrate but the adults would spend the winter around the barn.
 
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