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    Quote Originally Posted by SlabSeeker0485 View Post
    Never had anyone really show or explain jigging because there is definitely good and bad techniques.
    How are you fishing them? Trolling, casting, vertical jigging ... something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    How are you fishing them? Trolling, casting, vertical jigging ... something else?
    I dabble in all of those methods. Depending on what time of year. Summer I trolled minnows. Would love to vertical jig em this fall. Cast or troll this winter. Just all depends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlabSeeker0485 View Post
    I dabble in all of those methods. Depending on what time of year. Summer I trolled minnows. Would love to vertical jig em this fall. Cast or troll this winter. Just all depends.
    All I do is cast, and I've been using this method since I was twelve. It works, whether you use sliders or not.

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    When fishing with my wife, we use minnows. It is easier for her so I don't pay any attention to the cost. I just bring what we have left and put them into our minnow tank. When fishing by myself I prefer to use jigs. Like the sport of that. But let's face it, when you enjoy fishing cost doesn't matter. If it does, go to the local seafood dealer and by some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T_om View Post
    My fishing buddy Don and I quit using minnows for crappie YEARS ago. We push jigs. And have never had a problem catching fish.

    It all depends on your style of fishing I guess.

    I used minnows most of my life... before we started pushing jigs. Dipping bait around fallen trees, stumps, etc. minnows might outfish jigs. But we have found a technique that works for us, where we fish in Florida shallow water lakes, and save the money we were wasting on minnows. My freezer is always stocked with crappie year round too.

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    When pushing jigs, is there a certain style or design you prefer? Iím a big crappie magnet guy when I do use jigs but not sure they would have a lot of appeal pushing vs dipping them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlabSeeker0485 View Post
    When pushing jigs, is there a certain style or design you prefer? I’m a big crappie magnet guy when I do use jigs but not sure they would have a lot of appeal pushing vs dipping them.
    We push 1/32 to 1/16 ounce jigs behind 3/4 ounce sinkers. Using a variety of tube lures and Horsehead spinner jigs (like Roadrunners).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlabSeeker0485 View Post
    Iím a minnow guy mainly because Iím not good with jigs. Never had anyone really show or explain jigging because there is definitely good and bad techniques. I have the bad ones mastered apparently lol. I minnow fish bc I catch more. I would love to be able to boat the same amount if fish on jigs bc I pour out minnows all the time.
    Good afternoon. I mainly fish with jigs tipped with crappie nibbles. Mainly use pink nibblets. I can catch as many fish on them as I do on minnows. I use a 1/16 jig head main colors are chartreuse or blue and silver. Just use the cast and retrieve method or long line method. Give it another try. Think you will like the results. You might have to try different colors in your area. Good luck and happy fishing

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    Quote Originally Posted by T_om View Post
    We push 1/32 to 1/16 ounce jigs behind 3/4 ounce sinkers. Using a variety of tube lures and Horsehead spinner jigs (like Roadrunners).

    Tom
    Im a little confused (mainly an age issue) with the differences between pushing, and spider rigging.
    Im familiar with the fact both use multible poles, but is the main difference in the rig itself ?
    In the past year or so ive started making up rigs with 8# line in various legnths starting with 5' and as long as 10'.
    I put a loop on the bottom end for securing the weight, and about 16" above another loop for attaching either a jig or a hook.
    Reason for making the rigs, (which I store on sections of foam pool noodles) is that I use 12' telescopic rods and just snap the rig onto the tip. Now my question is am I pushing or spider rigging?
    I have noticed that the store bought rigs for spider rigging all seem to have the weight above the hooks. But in watching videos of spider rigging, they don't appear to me to be doing anything different than I am other than of coarse using different type rods, which frankly I don't seem to need.

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    I don't always use them but I like having them with me. In cool weather minnows will live for a long, long time if kept in the shade all day. I keep mine on the north side of my garage. The never get any direct sunlight on them. Last year I didn't use a bubbler and had some live for a month. I bought a $12 aquarium bubbler the other day. They may live long enough to die of old age. So, I can buy 1/2 lb of minnows for $10 and fish with them for a long time unless I use them all.

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    There are a TON of different techniques all piled in under the name "spider rigging". There is a poll running right now that is esentially worthless when it comes to asking about "spider rigging' as a favorite technique.

    The term originated, as far as I know, years ago and back then meant wind drifting minnows with multiple poles out. In some cases 20 or more.

    But now it has morphed into a meaningless catch-all term supposedly covering any boat fishing more than 1 rod over the side, even covering what we are doing... pushing jigs.

    We use 20 foot carbon fiber poles. We found getting the lures away from the boat as far as possible helped the catch rate. When we first started we used 16 and 18 footers. We sit in the front of the boat side by side and fish 8 to 10 (usually 8) poles out the front of the boat.

    Our rigs, going from lure to reel are:

    Jig (no minnows any more, not necessary)
    3 foot fluorocarbon leader 4 pound test.
    Smallest duolock snap clip made
    SPro tiny swivel
    Slide 3/4 to 1 1/2 ounce (depending on depth fished) onto our main line which is either 6 or 8 pound Power Pro braid.

    These rigs are spread across the front of the boat from dead ahead to 90 degrees off either side. We are essentially straining a 40 foot wide swath across our path. We push these from 1 to 1.5mph and cover a lot of ground.

    That is about as far as you can get from wind drifting 20 poles with minnows, yet people still call it "Spider rigging". Oh well.

    Tom

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