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Micro-Jigging for panfish i believe is the hottest and most productive method for panfish in the sport! yet is not even discussed!!! let your secrets out on how you use this technique to tag the big ones as well as to fill the cooler.
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...Micro-Jig Version of the "Spring Cricket"1/64 oz Jig #10 Bronze hookContinue
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Tungsten slotted beads… who’s using the versatility of the beads in their Micro-fishing methods and How?...…Continue
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No easier way to enter the Micro-Jigging Methodology of panfishing then with tungsten… it’s heavy and compact nearly twice the weight of lead describe your technique and setups using tungsten. Pro's…Continue
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Started by Slip Sinker Nov 4, 2018.
John, I get mine from chuckanddeb.com Pack of 25 usually runs between $2.75 and $3.25, depending on size and hook. Shipping is reasonable. His website charges at least $5 for shipping; on small orders he'll refund some of the shipping back to you and just ship it USPS First Class. Larger orders are a Priority Flat Rate box.
Here's the pattern that I sent an example of to Slip:
Technically, those are a bead-head fly. But, it's heavy enough to act as a micro-jig. I'm not sure about total weight. I don't have a scale of any kind.
Tracy, here in Michigan, they call what you're doing, a fly on a drop-shot, a "Michigan Rig", typically used for ice fishing. I only went out 5 times last season. I tried fishing a Michigan Rig, but didn't catch anything. I attribute that more to my lack of a good sonar than anything else.
I powder-coated some 1/64th and 1/32nd ball-head jigs with Ruby Slipper powder. I'm planning on curing them tomorrow morning, but might do it tonight. Going to tie up some more of those little Fox minnows, just in a bigger size, hopefully they can get down into some deeper water. I'll have to try them on the outside weed edge on a drop-off, see if any 'gills or Crappie want to play.
i dont know if it qualifies as micro jigging but from December to February when water temps are below 50 deg i use a midge nymph on a drop shot setup. this works well on lakes with creek mouths with channels 15-25 feet deep or mud flats around 15 ft deep. the midge imitates the larval stage of the lake fly (similar to a mosquito is appearance but larger) we call them bloodworms since they are red. these are not the huge bloodworms, but the tiny larva less than an inch long. gulp used to sell alive in these worms but i havent seen them in a while. the rod setup needs to be sensitive and i set mine up with 6lb suffix 832 and a 2lb mono dropper. supple enough to feel natural to the fish and sensitive enough to detect light strikes. most of the time they will take it up and put slack in your line. if they are real finicky i will tie the nymph to a 4 inch dropper off the main line so it doesnt have any resistance when they engulf it.
with a drop shot you can also cast it for distance and use a dragging presentation across mud flats if the fish are more active. BUT, it does not work so well in real shallow with weeds or grass and their are other presentations for those.
Allen brings up a good point on presentation to get the micro-jig out there. a float is a good way to present
there is just not much info out there for fresh water Micro-Jigging.
John they will certainly tag the smallest fish in the system!... sometimes gets annoying... but they also interest the larger fish as well. i am not shocked any more when the lunkers strike.
Allen tied up a tungsten fly that I expressed interest in a few months ago. My curiosity struck me wondering if I would be able to effectively cast the tiny presentation. Allen was kind enough to send me a sample. I was then able to adjust a rig with gliss line and a rod and reel combination to effectively fish the presentation and do very well with it!
...hey thanks for joining up guys!
yeah, I believe 1/64 oz or smaller... I mean smaller because there are tungsten ice jig out there that are smaller than a 1/64 oz lead jig.
the baits i have been throwing usually wind up through the rod tip if not careful or paying attention
Where do you find 1/80th oz jigs,Allen?.I have never fished lighter than 64th except through an ice hole .64ths are even hard enough to find.As light as i usually go is 32nd oz. I catch numbers but most often small fish where I've been using them .I have caught a few nice fish on 32nd oz. and either 1"Twister Tails or Charlie Brewer sliders 1.5"
Tied these up over 3 years ago. These are 1/80th, Rubber Slipper powder paint on the head, White Fox hair and UV Pearl midge flash for the tail, with metallic red embroidery thread for the neck. Finally got around to fishing them a couple days ago, using a weighted float for casting weight and to suspend the jig above the weeds. Managed to catch quite a few fish, several Bluegills, a couple Yellow Perch, a 9" Black Crappie, and a bunch of LMB that ranged in size from my pinkie finger to 12" (none of which are big enough to keep here in MI). I did NOT tip this jig with bait or scented plastic, however a 1" Gulp! Minnow would probably have helped catch a few more. I started using a twitch retreive, which gives the jig a life-like action of jumping up and slowly settling down. After a bit, I realized the wave action was strong enough to move the float on its own, so I started just a slow straight retrieve, and caught fish that was as well.
I might do a different color scheme to match the Emerald Shiners here in the lakes.
I've done some custom-painted and custom-tied jigs, mostly from 1/32 down to 1/80th. Also tied up what is technically a Bead-Head nymph fly, but with a huge Tungsten bead and lead wire wraps. Small, but heavy enough to flip out a ways on a good UL rig.
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