Do you love big bluegill?
You will increase your distance if you switch to 2lb.
The Japanese make some amazing rods to cast UL jigs. Mebaru or Aji style rods are super light and made for jig fishing. Hard to find on the American market.
LOLOLOL;; SMOLTZ;; BESIDES MASTER LEDHEAD;; MAKING HIS OWN JIGS ; AND CASTING THEM;; ALSO;; THERE IS;; MARK STEIN;; ALLEN MORGAN;; DICK TABBERT;; JIM COSGROVE;; AND SO MANY OTHERS !! WITH LEDHEAD;; BEING A MASTER AT THE ( MICRO ) JIGS !!!!
Yes with 2 and 4 # test respectively. They catch lots of fish for me .Red Breasted Sunfish ,Blue Gills , Pumpkinseeds, White Perch and Yellow Perch and Crappie in particular .I am not fishing ultra clear water and feel i can cast far enough for the waters i'm fishing.
I've specialized in fishing 1/28 oz, 1/32, and even 1/64 oz homemade jigs (surefirejigs.com) for years now, as has my son and grandson. Of course, bluegill, crappies, trout, and bass love this approach! We all use 4 1/2 to 5' light rods and very thin Tectan mono in 4.4 and 5.5 # tests. Casting length is always quite satisfactory, tho obviously not horizon reaching!Due to commercial push toward long, extremely expensive, graphite rods, most of today's "experts" will disagree with our proven gear. But take a light jig and ,say, a 4 1/2 ' UL Ugly Stik and "punch it out",you'll reach plenty of water to work back a jig! By the way, I took my lead on this from the late,great Charlie Brewer, of slider fishing fame, who finally settled, after much on-the-water testing, on 4'9" light ,but firm, rods for fishing very light, cut down Slider jigs.
Hey John Mc Kean-. I ve been tying squirrel tail on my old Charlie Brewer slider jigs and catching Perch and Crappie .Do they still make those flat sided Slider Jigs ? Would like to get some more .They are a great design for cold water .
Hi John, Yes, The last I checked, the Charlie Brewer Slider company still offers ALL their slider head jigs (their 4'9" rods,too !). I'm like you - I used to tie material onto those slider heads, tho I used to employ the lighter "Crappie slider heads" for these small bucktail jigs. Funny story -Charlie himself loved the gliding action of light jigs and wanted to get others into this great light sport, so would convince friends & customers to cut the heads down to much lighter weights. Many were surprised with jig heads down less than 1/32 oz,they could still whip them out ,almost to their regular distances with short rods (at the time Charlie sold a 4'3" fiberglass beauty that was a joy to fish with! Wished I hadn't given mine away!!)
I knew Charlie Sr. some 40 plus years ago. I stopped by his home in Lawrenceburg, TN on a Sunday afternoon, just like today. My oldest son was still in diapers, so I can do the math on how long ago it has been easily. We visited for a while then Charlie took me to "Elmer Brown's Rod Shop" and I almost positive on the shop's name. I purchased my first custom, glass slider rod. I used it for years. Back then I learned to build & tie my own rods too. I always made my spinning rods with the cork "Tennessee Handles". If I had the choice, I'd have those handles on all my spinning tackle today. The old school plain flat slider head is one that belongs in every ones tackle box. They are deadly little jigs. Also, the 1" crappie slider is a hard bait to beat for the GILLS.
in my experimentation there is a sweetspot in rod length between 5 and 5-6' that going longer actually hurts the cause.
I/m not sure of the actual footage on my casts, tho when fishing alongside guys that are trout fishing with heavier spinners& spoons, I can almost acheive their distances with a 1/28 oz wool/pine squirrel tail jig (Banshee). Certainly, even with 1/64 oz bluegill jigs I can whip it far enough to allow a good sized "lane" to work it back. The key is to "muscle" the cast - back as a youth, we had spirited "apple battles" between us neighbor kids, where we'd affix an apple form trees on our yard onto a 3' willow stick and fling em between our properties. Amazing distances & impacts ( Believe me, I KNOW!). The casting motion with a short,especially fiberglass rod, with light jigs is the same principle. Mind you, this is not "artful" casting , as the guys with $800 graphite long rods will CLAIM, but it adds some ZEST, as well as results to your fishing!!