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    Try both ways,

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    Like trypman said. Try different ways. Get you a couple 1/4 couple 1/8 and couple 1/16. Get a couple of slip floats and match them to your jig weight. And here is how I do that, get a short piece of mono, tie on your jig head, then on other side use a stop of some kind to keep jig close to bobber as you can. Fill sink with water, set float in water. See how it sits then from there you can change floats and jigs around until your happy with the way they sit. I slide a plastic bead on line between jig and float to keep float from sticking on knot. For bank fishing they way you describe your situation that’s about best set up. I think 1/4 is a little on heavy side but current is really going to dictate what you need. Like others said the smaller you can get by with the better. Crappie for the most part go for smaller size baits. That’s main reason d4d suggested split shot above small jig. Still have the weight to cast and control but smaller presentation.
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    Got a friend who has poor vision and he only fishes 1/8 jigs with a popping cork. It's loud but it works. I've only fished in the springtime with him though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cray View Post
    Like trypman said. Try different ways. Get you a couple 1/4 couple 1/8 and couple 1/16. Get a couple of slip floats and match them to your jig weight. And here is how I do that, get a short piece of mono, tie on your jig head, then on other side use a stop of some kind to keep jig close to bobber as you can. Fill sink with water, set float in water. See how it sits then from there you can change floats and jigs around until your happy with the way they sit. I slide a plastic bead on line between jig and float to keep float from sticking on knot. For bank fishing they way you describe your situation that’s about best set up. I think 1/4 is a little on heavy side but current is really going to dictate what you need. Like others said the smaller you can get by with the better. Crappie for the most part go for smaller size baits. That’s main reason d4d suggested split shot above small jig. Still have the weight to cast and control but smaller presentation.
    Thanks for the comments.

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    This video shows the situation in spill water. I was able to use jig to catch some crappies, but a guy he use (10m30s) slip float was able to catch a limit ( I am in Texas), especially when other cannot catch any more!!. There is relatively strong flow. I have a hard time to reach and maintain over the fish hole. But he was able to with slip float and heavy rig.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cray View Post
    Like trypman said. Try different ways. Get you a couple 1/4 couple 1/8 and couple 1/16. Get a couple of slip floats and match them to your jig weight. And here is how I do that, get a short piece of mono, tie on your jig head, then on other side use a stop of some kind to keep jig close to bobber as you can. Fill sink with water, set float in water. See how it sits then from there you can change floats and jigs around until your happy with the way they sit. I slide a plastic bead on line between jig and float to keep float from sticking on knot. For bank fishing they way you describe your situation that’s about best set up. I think 1/4 is a little on heavy side but current is really going to dictate what you need. Like others said the smaller you can get by with the better. Crappie for the most part go for smaller size baits. That’s main reason d4d suggested split shot above small jig. Still have the weight to cast and control but smaller presentation.
    Agree that need to use as light and small float as possible. 1/4 Oz seems to be the lightest being practical. With lighter jig, you cannot sink to the right depth.;When you retrieve, it is the light jig being pulled upwards instead of float moving.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappiePappy View Post
    All the jigs I "cast" with are weedless jigs (some with the Y guard & some with the brush fibers style guard) and the hooks are gold Aberdeen #2. When I first got weedless jigs from Grousefly they had bronze Aberdeen #4 hooks & I could usually bend them open with 4# line. I now use 6# line and can "sometimes" bend the #2's open.
    If you want a lite wire hook ... you might get them thru Grousefly, ... or you might have to contact litewirehooks.com and talk to Curtis Hobbs (site name - litewirehooker)
    Thanks for the specifics on wire size and line #size and sourcing info. That helps for selecting proper jig.


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    Good information in this thread, thanks guys!

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    If you are worried about not bending the hook when hung, either bend it with pliers or burn it with a lighter to take the temper out and most of the time it will bend when hung up. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parfume4 View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion. This slip float set up is really for accessing deep hole and hanging in there while fishing from the bank.
    Sorry for my ignorance, other that cast ability, what is the benefits of using slip float + heavy split shot + light jig vs. slip float + heavy jig?

    One benefit I can think for heavy jig is that slip float can indicate better when crappie s feed up.


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    More fish will hit the lighter jig . I would have said 1/100 or 1/80 th .

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    For whatever reason I avoid 1/4oz jigs and plastic's over about 1 1/2". But the first two crappie I ever caught I got on 1/4oz jig's and 2" plastic's while fishing for bass! But everyone seem's to say smaller is better and being a new guy to this I follow that advice. Need to get full of myself this year and try a few 1/4 oz jigs again. That will screw up my crappie tackle if it works. All I have are 1/8 oz and smaller jigs and 1 1/2" plastic's.
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