View Full Version : Line Size Preference for Casting Jigs.

01-24-2012, 08:49 PM
I'm really getting into casting 1/16 and 1/32 oz. jigheads with Kalin's Curly Tails. I'm wanting your opinions on whether 4 or 6 lb test would be better. Right now I'm using 6 lb Trilene XL. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also Interested in fall rates for line sizes and jig weights.

01-24-2012, 09:05 PM
I like 15lb power pro with the 4lb dia

01-24-2012, 09:05 PM
i happened to have this conversation a few weeks ago with a guy who has been doing this for years. He swears by 4 lb test.

01-24-2012, 09:10 PM
Normally 1/32oz = 4# and 1/16oz = 6#. Mostly I have clear blue Stren on everything but I'm trying some Vicious 6# hi-vis yellow - jury is still out on the hi-vis stuff. I normally keep 1 rod in the boat w/4# and 3 rods w/6#

01-24-2012, 09:12 PM
I like the 6, I can get some lightwire jigs back then. And I've "lost" to many fish to 4

01-24-2012, 09:13 PM
I like 4 LB stren for casting small jigs 32nd to 16th

01-24-2012, 09:31 PM
For mono, I wouldn't go higher than 4#.

birddog one
01-24-2012, 10:50 PM
personaly I think a full spool has a lot more to with distance when talking line size 4# vs 6# I use 6# suffix across the board

01-24-2012, 10:56 PM
I like 4 or 6 pound test. The 4 lb test sounds great for the 1/32 oz jh. I use Vanish 6 lb. flcarbon. It sinks real well and the name speaks for itself. SLIP

01-24-2012, 11:03 PM
I use 8# Stren mono. Never had any problems. Though, I might drop down to 6# if I start using a light action rod.

01-25-2012, 08:50 AM
I use 4lb test mono for most of my jig casting ... and I use 1/32oz & 1/16oz jigheads about 99.5% of the time.

IMHO (& guesstimation) -
Curly tails will slow the fall vs a tube or stinger ... but, I doubt you'd notice the difference. The 1/32oz will fall "about" 1ft per second ... and the 1/16oz falls "at" 1ft per second (slack line rates). People rarely fish a jig on dead slack line, though, so you're looking at a angled fall (on semi-slack line) that will be slower than I've stated ... plus the slight extra drag of the curly tail. But, again ... you're not likely to notice. (we're talking micro-seconds to tenths of a second) And the line size difference isn't likely to make a noticable difference, either.

If you're happy with the 6lb XL, and it's doing its job (sticking/landing fish), then I see little reason to consider downsizing. While I have straightened out some litewire jighooks with 4lb test, I "might" have straightened out more with 6lb test ... but, since I mostly use weedless jigheads, I don't snag up very often, anyway, so I wouldn't be saving that many more jigs.

... cp :cool:

01-25-2012, 09:59 AM
If its open water.....I use 3lb p-line floroclear.....bridge pilings, rocks and docks I use 4lb stren hi vis gold

01-25-2012, 10:04 AM
I use 6# Suffix on light and medium light spinning rods. I just put 10# braid on a new baitcaster (med light) but haven't used it yet.

01-25-2012, 10:26 AM
i have been using fireline with great results--8lb test 3lb diameter..with the same kalin or southern pro curly tail jig on 1/16 ounce jig. i do not usually fish too deep 2-10 foot of water and the water is stained where i fish this line lets me fall the jig at the rate i need in this depth of water--casting mostly structure so the fireline allows me to get my jig back. You can pop it off b/c of the no stretch in the line. Casting is good. if i had to fish deeper water i would have to go to a little lighter line i think.

01-25-2012, 10:47 AM
I use 6#, mostly becauseof the bass and pike that like the same waters as the crappie I'm after. I've landed a 10# northern on 6# line (was lucky to hook it in the corner of the mouth). I doubt I'd have landed it with 4#.

01-25-2012, 12:07 PM
One thing to remember, regardless of what line you choose, is that 99% of lines sold in the US are stronger than what the label says. Most 4# breaks at around 6#, most 6# breaks at around 8#, etc.

01-25-2012, 01:16 PM
4# Mr.Crappie Line Camo can't be beat on price and strength.Grizzly Jig .com check it out big spool 3,000 yards yes 3,000 for $7.99.

01-25-2012, 01:18 PM
4# Mr.Crappie Line Camo can't be beat on price and strength.Grizzly Jig .com check it out big spool 2000 yds $6.99

01-25-2012, 09:29 PM
Depends if you have a lot of cover to fish through. If not then try 4lb Gamma copolymer. It's as thin or thinner than any other mono and it's very strong for 4lb. Nearly twice that pound break strength. In my humble but accurate opinion it's the best thin clear line made.

01-25-2012, 11:09 PM
I have been using 4lb. Viscious panfish line and think it may be the best 4lb. line I have ever used. It has very low memory. I have it on a size 10 quantum energy pti with a 7' St. Croix UL Avid series. I cast 1/32 oz jigs all the time. I'm getting ready to spool up with 4lb. Power Pro and see if I get any more distance, but I will have a spare spool of Viscious with me just in case.

The Shootist
01-26-2012, 06:48 PM
I use 4# mr crappie hi vis on all shooting and casting poles.. Im convinced that Im catching alot more fish by seeing the tick that just cant be felt sometime.....