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pescador
03-11-2015, 06:23 PM
Any tips on using these?

TIA,
pescador

Yaker
03-11-2015, 08:03 PM
I've used floating jig heads for a few years now.I have used them much like the classic slip rig/ Carolina rig.they can also be used on a bottom bouncer set up,with a bottom walker sinker,allowing the baited floating jig to float on a tag line behind and above the bottom dragging sinker as you slow drift.In my opinion ( not worth much) they work best while fishing just off the bottom,but that's just how I use them the most.

pescador
03-11-2015, 08:55 PM
Thanks for your input yaker, appreciate you taking the time to reply.

pescador

CrappiePappy
03-11-2015, 11:28 PM
I bought some, decades ago .... don't remember ever catching anything, though. The biggest problem I found with them was the hook ... it points DOWN :Doh: ... so anything the jig drags over, it sticks into it.

... cp :kewl

Yaker
03-11-2015, 11:38 PM
Drop shot with them.

Yaker
03-12-2015, 07:30 AM
I use northland gum drop floating jigs frequently,the eyes are nearly centered on the front portion of the jig.I tie them hook turned up,fish have never had a problem eating them.Google " pics of floating jigs" you will see there are several that feature down turned and upturned hooks,good luck,fish on!

CrappiePappy
03-12-2015, 08:11 AM
I use northland gum drop floating jigs frequently,the eyes are nearly centered on the front portion of the jig.I tie them hook turned up,fish have never had a problem eating them.Google " pics of floating jigs" you will see there are several that feature down turned and upturned hooks,good luck,fish on!

Yaker ... no disrespect intended, but ...

I'm not sure ANY floating jig is made to float the hook pointing up. The weight of the hook, from bend to point, almost always insures that the jig will float "hook point down". Pulling it under water with weight would not have any effect on the direction the hook is pointing.

Most all of the floating jigs have the hook coming out the center of the head/body ... but, in order for the head to float a hook pointing "up", the head would have to be all or mostly above the shank & on the same side of the hook as the hook point. And it would have to be a small, light weight hook, even then. The dynamics just don't add up, otherwise. IMHO

I reserve the right to be wrong on this, of course. But, I'd sure like to see an actual underwater picture of a floating jig with hook point "up" before I'm convinced. I would certainly be interested in purchasing such a jig, should one prove to be able to do so.


... cp :kewl

Yaker
03-12-2015, 04:03 PM
I guess I never explaind myself well.I wasn't meaning they would float hook up,I only stated the market offers hook up and hook down on floating jigs.I primarily fish mine drop shot style,and have convinced many more fish to commit to them,than jigs I have lost due to snags.
Much like lead head jigs that feature upturned hooks and downturned hooks,they all have their place.I use them to attach a floating nightcrawler,while drop shotting or slow bottom trolling.The colorful jig adds to the allure,but it may not be for everyone,I do,do things odd at times:scratchhead

CrappiePappy
03-12-2015, 05:00 PM
I guess I never explaind myself well.I wasn't meaning they would float hook up,I only stated the market offers hook up and hook down on floating jigs.I primarily fish mine drop shot style,and have convinced many more fish to commit to them,than jigs I have lost due to snags.
Much like lead head jigs that feature upturned hooks and downturned hooks,they all have their place.I use them to attach a floating nightcrawler,while drop shotting or slow bottom trolling.The colorful jig adds to the allure,but it may not be for everyone,I do,do things odd at times:scratchhead


I don't mean to sound like I'm beating you up on this, but ....

I'm still not understanding your reference to jigs with "down turned" hooks .... a down turned hook on a jig defeats the purpose, which is to sink the hook point in the roof of the fish's mouth ... where it's less likely to come out or get shaken loose, like it could if stuck in the lower jaw membrane. It also defeats the purpose of keeping the hook point from sticking into everything the jig comes in contact with ... which a down turned hook would likely do. That is unless, of course, it's a floating jig or a fly fishing "fly" or popper ... where the weight of the hook point end makes it ride "downturned".

I just don't want anyone to buy a floating jig, thinking it will retrieve with the hook pointing up (like a lead head jig) and be disappointed with their purchase (like I was). And, like I said, if there IS such a floating jig that's made to hold the hook point up ... then I'd be interested in checking them out.

... cp :kewl

Yaker
03-12-2015, 05:12 PM
I think we agree,we just don't realize it.I never expected a floating jig to return hook up,I just happen to not particularly have a problem snagging them.They can be tied against the drop line to maintain a hook up profile,but I like an inch or two tag for better hook ups.In my tackle box they have a place,I use them many times for channel cat and bottom hugging trout.For crappie and gills,I use them in the drop shot fashion.
I was also referring to lead jigs with different hook profiles that are used in vertical jigging through the ice along with horizontal jigging.

CrappiePappy
03-12-2015, 05:41 PM
I think we agree,we just don't realize it.I never expected a floating jig to return hook up,I just happen to not particularly have a problem snagging them.They can be tied against the drop line to maintain a hook up profile,but I like an inch or two tag for better hook ups.In my tackle box they have a place,I use them many times for channel cat and bottom hugging trout.For crappie and gills,I use them in the drop shot fashion.
I was also referring to lead jigs with different hook profiles that are used in vertical jigging through the ice along with horizontal jigging.

Understood !! Thanks for clarification !!

... cp :kewl

thill
03-12-2015, 09:01 PM
For what it's worth, I pour my own leadheads mostly. A friend of mine gave me the idea to use the same hooks and molds, and use HOT GLUE instead of lead, to make a slightly buoyant jighead. Well, it works!

Using the 60 degree jigs hooks, as far as I know, the jigs swim hook-up, at least on the retrieve. Not sure how they float around when falling, but it doesn't matter, in my opinion. As long as they catch, and don't snag up, who cares?

-TH

Yaker
03-13-2015, 04:47 PM
Yup,fish don't mind,I don't either!

shipahoy41
03-14-2015, 06:19 AM
I bought some, decades ago .... don't remember ever catching anything, though. The biggest problem I found with them was the hook ... it points DOWN :Doh: ... so anything the jig drags over, it sticks into it.

... cp :kewl

You are so right Pappy! I would fish them on a Carolina Rig setup but like you say the hook points down! I personally believe you can get to the same depth with better results and fewer snags using a slip float. I can fish 2 - 35 feet with the slip float and the jig is always level with the hook pointing up.

"G"
03-14-2015, 06:27 AM
I have caught a lot of shellcrackers on them......how the hook was didnt seem to matter as they swallowed them deep anyway. Had to use a hook remover most of the time to get my jig back.