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Jakesdad
08-10-2016, 10:52 AM
Is there any difference in catching fish that you guys that have used both have noticed? I do not have any unpainted heads and was wondering if it really makes any difference or not. Colors I use now are: white/chartreuse,white,black,chartreuse,pink,red,and orange.

RiverSlabber
08-10-2016, 11:04 AM
I've never seen it make a difference. I've got a mix of colors myself but the unpainted heads are starting to outnumber the painted ones in my boxes

Locator79
08-10-2016, 11:33 AM
I catch a ton of fish on unpainted heads

Blackhawk19
08-10-2016, 11:40 AM
I see no difference between them, I've ended up fishing mostly unpainted.

slammingjack
08-10-2016, 12:04 PM
Before I started making my own plastics and jig heads. I went fishing off a pier (saltwater} Using 2" curly tailed grubs and some painted jig heads. I caught so many fish people would ask me what I using. I was using a pearl white jig head and the baits were not the same colors. Well I lost that jig head and put on black one and made at least 20 cast and no hits. Took off the black jig and put on a yellow and started getting fish again. To this day I won't use black jig heads. Does color matter, No until the days it does.:biggrin

theygotaeat
08-10-2016, 02:06 PM
99.9 % of the time no difference detectable for me. I usually fish unpainted... but I will put a painted one with eyes on in a heartbeat [emoji87]

genec
08-10-2016, 02:23 PM
I MOSTLY USE UNPAINTED JIGS,BUT AT TIMES PAINTED ONE ARE MUCH BETTER,A GOOD TIME IN WINTER IS A PINK JIG HEAD,DON'T KNOW WHY BUT IT DOES,HAD WIFE TO BEAT ME IN ANOTHER GUY WITH HER PINK SO BAD THAT BOTH OF US HAD TO GO TO PINK TO KEEP UP,HER 3 PLUS LB IN FEB WAS ON PINK WHEN SHE WAS TEARING US UP,SEE IT MORE IN COLD WEATHER THAN ANY OTHER TIME, I HEAR PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES SAY YES AND OTHERS SAY NO WHICH I USE TO SAY,BUT AGAIN HAVE SEEN IT TOO OFTEN TO DENY THAT AT TIMES IT MAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENT,JUST LIKE DIFFERENT COLOR PLASTIC,BUT YOU ARE WELCOME TO BE HARDED JUST LIKE I WAS.STILL MOST OF THE TIME I AM GOING WITH PLAIN HEADS:dono

ad1974
08-10-2016, 02:47 PM
I think sometimes the jighead color can make a difference and other times it don't seem to matter at all.Kinda like using different color plastics,some days a certain color or two will just be killing them and you can't hardly get bit on others colors and other times they will hit any color seemly the same.

OrangeAgent
08-10-2016, 03:43 PM
I think the painted heads shine when water clarity is poor and you are giving them more contrast or visibility. That being said I think it is more about the lure type and where you are throwing it than anything else.

I think that the unpainted heads work well when using a shad color since you get a little flash and it has that silvery baitfish look to it. So in clearer water when using your whites and clears then don't worry about using a particular color head.

Clint
08-10-2016, 04:55 PM
I use painted and unpainted jig heads but for a different reason. I put together a powder painting set-up and paint about half of my jig heads. I buy 1/64, 1/32, 1/16 & 1/8 oz. unpainted jigs from a local supplier. I powder paint some of the jigs which adds to the weight of the jig. So I now have 8 different weights of jigs instead of just 4. Not surprisingly there are times when I want to speed up the fall of the jig just a little bit so I will go to the same jig but with paint on it. Conversely I can slow the fall by going down in weight one step to an unpainted one.

And it gives me something to do on those freezing winter days when I just can not bring myself to get out there to fish.

skeetbum
08-10-2016, 05:40 PM
I pour my own and have painted and nekked in the box, even in the same compartment. Some colors I don't use anymore and others do well ---at times---so I always have a few on hand. Another tool in the box.

Machine
08-10-2016, 06:35 PM
Unpainted all I use

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Spoonminnow
08-10-2016, 09:34 PM
Like Skeetbum I pour my own plastics and prefer barbless unpainted jigheads. In fact I won't use a painted head because of my superstition that I want the fish to focus on the lure and not the leadhead color. I may file a bit of lead to create a shiny dot on each side of the head to create a bit of flash, but the lure is always key as is jighead weight and hook size. (note the wire grub keeper attached to the jig.)


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Slabprowler
08-10-2016, 09:54 PM
do your own test use 2-3 different colors and then use plain see how it works for you .I have done that and painted has out fished un painted the last couple of years probably 4-1 but that's been what's worked For me everybody to their own I guess.:twocents

CrappiePappy
08-10-2016, 10:05 PM
Don't forget : even though the jig head is unpainted, it still has a "color" !! Shiny new lead is silver, and old/oxidized lead is grey.

I've used unpainted (weedless) jigheads for casting ... probably over 30yrs. I've just recently started pushing jigs on long rods, and use painted heads & unpainted heads (non-weedless) ... but haven't done it long enough to detect any major difference in the number of bites. I probably won't, either, since I rarely use the same color jig bodies on any two rods at the same time. And what time I have pushed with painted jigs, I've never had any particular color outdo the others being used during that time. (not yet, anyway !!)

Crestliner08
08-11-2016, 05:31 AM
I use only unpainted. I do OK. It all boils down to a confidence thing. If you believe a pink (or any other color) head will catch you more fish, more power to you. The jig head is merely the weight to take your plastic/live bait down to the depth the fish are at. Once there, the speed at which you move that bait is the second most important factor in success. Color is way down on the list of presentation options you can control - just my opinion. :)

shipahoy41
08-11-2016, 05:55 AM
Painted jig heads catch fishermen. When you are confident in something you will use it more. All living things have eyes and big fish eat little fish. Those are facts of life. I have fished both but will usually put a painted one with eyes on the line first to add a little contrasting color to attract the fish and just because I have a lot of confidence in using them. Pink with no eyes (If I am using a minnow, hand tied jig, or plastic bait with eyes) or Chartreuse with eyes are the ones I have the most confidence in. Whatever you are using fish it slow and then slow it down some more. A crappie nibble or liquid scent will put the odds in your favor.

genec
08-11-2016, 06:52 AM
I ALWAYS HEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE COFIDENT IN IS WHAT THEY BITE,THAT HAS ONLY SOME TRUTH,NOT ALL TRUTH,YOU CAN HAVE COFIDENCE IN A BAIT AND NOT BE CATCHING FISH ,CHANGE TO A BAIT THAT YOU NEVER CAUGHT FISH WITH AND THEY SLAM IT THEN YOU GET CONFIDENCE IN IT,BUT WAIT ,YOU CAUGHT THEM BEFORE YOU HAD CONFIDENCE IN IT BUT WAS JUST LOOKING OUT OF DESPERATION.LETS FACE IT WHEN BUDDY IS OUT FISHING YOU THEN YOU TRY TO COPY HIM ,LURE SIZE,COLOR ,HIS MOVE,HIS SPEED,NOW HAVING SAID THATMANY TIMES WIFE AND ME WILL SET OVER BP AND NOT MOVE BAIT AND WHEN ONE IS STILL CATCHING MOST FISH AND IS DIFFERENT COLOR BAIT,OR HEAD ,YOU SOON KNOW THAT DAY COLOR MAKES A DIFFERENT IF YOU CHANGE TO COLOR HEAD LIKE SHE HAS AND YOU START CATCHING MORE FISH.LIKE I SAID ,NOT EVERY DAY BUT SOME DAYS A LOT OF DIFFERENT,SO TO TEST IT 5 DAYS WITH NO DIFFERENT DOES NOT MEAN ON THE 6 DAY WILL BE NO DIFFERENT EITHER,FISH ARE LIKE WOMEN WHEN YOU THINK YOU GOT THEM FIGURED OUT THEN YOU RELAIZE HOW DUMB YOU REALLY ARE:Rofl

Ketchn
08-11-2016, 07:19 AM
sometimes it matter but most of the time it does not .....confidence typically makes folks better at whatever ....so if paint makes you confident go that route ....like mentioned before i have seen a few times in the winter i could sell a pink head jig for 10 bucks quite easily ....:Rofl

Jakesdad
08-11-2016, 08:22 AM
Sounds like turkey calls. What works one day may fall flat the next and vice versa. Guess I'll just stock up on both!

Spoonminnow
08-11-2016, 04:25 PM
Fished today and clobbered crappie, perch, sunfish and bass in 85 degree water using unpainted jigheads and my hand poured baits. Location was shallow water - 5' - off a mid-lake hump. Caught over 35 fish yesterday using the same rig after 1:30pm. Pay extra for painted heads if you want and watch them chip after awhile, but you paid extra for nothing because fish are attracted to lure action and presentation with lure color a distant third. Jighead color doesn't even matter unless it detracts from the lure itself or adds an element of brightness fish might actually avoid.

wharfrat
08-11-2016, 04:48 PM
the only time I've ever seen a difference is late winter. Mainly through the pre-spawn time. Other than that, mostly unpainted heads.

hugastump
08-12-2016, 09:07 AM
was fishing for blue gills a week ago bright sunshine and hot with a white jig and 1" Gulb shiner minnow and hauling in gills , thought I would try a pink head maybe better , same Gulb minnow bite stopped . back to white back to catching fish. moved to another lake in the chain, Located Crappie; same white jig an bait notice paint had flaked off now was using plain lead ,still catching fish. but changed to pink -no bite- back to lead , caught fish , white caught fish , green or pink nothing. Seems to me color just depends on the day, I start with white or lead , if they do not catch fish in a fan cast of the area ,I switch to another color ,fan cast if no takers . move and try again going back to white ,then lead , then green or pink... guess it is called fishing an not catching for a reason

eagle 1
08-12-2016, 09:07 AM
Silver is a color found in nature more than any other .:biggrin

NIMROD
08-12-2016, 02:46 PM
Colors are more to catch fishermen than fish .:twocents I fished years ago with a spinnerbait maker and he only clear coated his personal baits .He said colors were to catch fishermen and sell more baits . :biggrin I use strictly unpainted jig heads but then all I use are tubes with them rigged inside . Saves money using unpainted and tubes last longer .:highfive

crappielimits
08-13-2016, 08:16 AM
Unpainted heads if not coated will oxidize in the box. I would at least coat with hard as nails, hard head or uv coating if stocking a bunch. You can also use a rust inhibitor.

Spoonminnow
08-13-2016, 09:10 PM
Never had that problem as long as the plastic bait was not allowed to stay on the hook. Oxidation occurred every time after a year or if stored in a damp basement in a box that couldn't be sealed tight so I use zip lock bags to store backup jigheads by the hundreds so nothing in the bags oxidize.

Fatman
08-14-2016, 01:06 PM
I don't have to but I like too!! I enjoy powdering, and matching heads to materials and plastics, the only problem with doing your own is you build up a really big stock! (and with another 13 thousand hooks, I'll be good for a long time!!!) I also make my own in-line spinners and beetle spin frames and tie flies and Vermont in winter is cold - and I don't ice fish anymore since I went through once in High school so plenty of time to make more stuff.

Last time I counted there were 219 bags of painted heads
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/Fatmans1/Jigs%202/100_5007.jpg

Extra Unpainted
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/Fatmans1/Jigs%202/100_5076.jpg
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/Fatmans1/Jigs%202/100_5072.jpg

The cookie sheet on top of the storage bin is full of tied jigs and spinners that have to be put in storage boxs. And this doesn't count all the ones in my tackle bags and boxs.

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/Fatmans1/Jigs%202/100_5600.jpg

I don't have a problem with stuff!!!LOL Worst part is the last 2 times I went to the fly shop I actually walked out without anything!!!:yikes - thought the wife was gonna have heart failure!!! (but I've been buying stuff on ebay and other members so!!:biggrin)

Jakesdad
08-14-2016, 02:35 PM
You,sir,are my hero! ^^^

Spoonminnow
08-14-2016, 03:12 PM
Dang! that's a lot of jigs!!! Who is your supplier? Want to sell some?

Fatman
08-14-2016, 08:20 PM
My Uncle started me when I was 11 and been doing it ever since. There's some heads I trade for and I've traded for materials and also some spools for my shimano reels, but I'm not a seller, really don't want to deal with the tax stuff.

nuttin but net
08-14-2016, 11:29 PM
I use painted jig heads but there has been a time or 2 that the bite was great and they knocked the paint off and it didn't seem to slow the bite down. Fatman, I sure hope the Government don't outlaw the use of lead in public waters like they have with duck hunting.

chaunc
08-18-2016, 06:51 AM
Unpainted for me. Roadrunners are the only painted head I use.