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    Quote Originally Posted by Baitwaster View Post
    The key for me is not allowing any slack to enter the line after bite/set. If the line goes slack they jerk the hook out.
    I think this might have been a part of the first one I lost. I had a cheapo plastic junk 1:1 "reel" on the jig pole, and I couldn't adjust it for being left handed. pretty sure I gave him some slack when I went to reel him in, lol, but I did get him near the surface!



    Thanks for the advice everyone. I think I'll try setting the hook a little firmer and quicker. I am not sure that crappie will hold the jig in their mouth very long, like some other fish, where you want to give em a chance to really get a hold of it before you set the hook. I'll report back once I've caught a few!

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    Quote Originally Posted by electricvelvet View Post
    I think this might have been a part of the first one I lost. I had a cheapo plastic junk 1:1 "reel" on the jig pole, and I couldn't adjust it for being left handed. pretty sure I gave him some slack when I went to reel him in, lol, but I did get him near the surface!
    Thanks for the advice everyone. I think I'll try setting the hook a little firmer and quicker. I am not sure that crappie will hold the jig in their mouth very long, like some other fish, where you want to give em a chance to really get a hold of it before you set the hook. I'll report back once I've caught a few!
    Unless they're REALLY munching, you're right ... they won't hold the jig in their mouths for more than a split second. That's why it's imperative that you set the hook "fast", not necessarily "hard". They "can" inhale & then exhale a jig a lot faster than you can react, if it's not to their liking.
    The moment they go "thump", you go "jerk"

    (you also might consider trading out the 1:1 el cheapo for a small spinning reel)
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    Thump/ jerk quick, always use good hooks with good barbs. Some of the sickle hooks just do not have a good barb. You will still lose some. Just keep going!

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    If you're using an ultra-light rod with mono, you aren't transferring a lot of that hookset to the fish's mouth. Mono stretches and ultra light rods have a lot of bend in them. If you're using a 4# or smaller mono, then you've got even more stretch. My suggestion is to use an ultralight rod with 4# mono, set the drag so that a "keeper" fish can pull it a little bit. Then, go Bill Dance on the hookset. The drag will give before the fish's mouth does.

    If you're using braid, do NOT do what I said above as braid has no stretch and the "shock" is directed right at the fish's mouth. If you're using a medium action rod, it's also not as whippy and forgiving. 10 pound braid on a medium action rod, you just need to give it a "pop" of 3 or 4 inches.

    Above all, a sharp hook is important.

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    Quick set not hard set. A good rod will let you feel the hook set . Quick is the ticket.
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