I am putting together an article regarding my thoughts on How to select the proper jigs when preparing for a fishing trip. Long or short range does not matter. I think it would be very interesting to hear how other, accomplished, artificial jig slingers go about determining what their inventory of hardware should look like. My ultimate goal is to help those who wander into a retail fishing store, look at a wall filled with an entire array of shiny objects, and somehow select the appropriate artificial. Your input can be in regards to short or long range applications but for now I want to keep it in regards to salt water rather than fresh water. The following are some thoughts into items you might use in your suggestions. Please also let me know what percentage of your fishing trip is dedicated towards using artificial lures.
Selecting the proper jig or artificial lure
Posted 22 March 2016 - 07:23 PM
Posted 12 June 2016 - 04:48 PM
Interesting topic, Jamie. Thank you.
>> Do you really care about color if the jig swims well. and If not, why do you think the manufactures give us many color options.<<
The short answer is, no. Many of my friends swear that certain colors work best under certain conditions. I'm not convinced. The problem with that line of "evidence" is that there is no consensus on which color is best for any given situation. We all have our favorites.
Like many others, I've gotten bit shortly after swapping out "an unproductive color." But was the change in jig color responsible for the hit? Did a concomitant change in current or surface waves (which could change jig action) result in the bite? Did I toss in the new-color jig after crossing a thermocline? And what about change in ambient light? Or maybe I just got lucky and the new-color jig was in the right place at the right time. -- Individual experiences, while valid, are hardly scientific.
I don't know the answers to my own questions, so I'll probably keep trying different colors when the jig I'm using doesn't produce. Besides, I'm a sucker for all the pretty color options, and those pretty colors look great in my tackle trays.
No disrespect intended towards manufacturers, but IMHO the color varieties are a marketing tool and catch more fishermen (like me) than fish. That said, size matters (regardless of what your CEO tells you).
Posted 22 June 2016 - 07:22 PM
It would take an encyclopedia to answer all the questions posed.
Why do manufacturers make so many colors? To sell more jigs!! After I made my first Tady lure order my employee said all your lures are blue and white, and I responded that's all you need. He responded that's ok but what you gonna sell 'em next week?
The jig color I prefer is the one that has almost all the paint missing (not from neglect but from teeth).
Color is important but for me the last thing I consider.
1, 2, and 3, it has to swim.
4. size is very important, match the hatch, match the fish you are targeting. A lure designed for blue marlin isn't going to catch many calico bass.
5. speed through the water, current and swell can be tricky. Sometimes you have to turn the handle slower or faster to get the same swim with your jig.
6. Depth. I am a surface iron fanatic but it doesn't always work.
7. Color can be very important after items 1 through 6 have been met. Each day there is one color that seems to work better than all the others, and this can change hourly.
Edited by luvtuna, 22 June 2016 - 07:25 PM.
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