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    Default How do you hold your jig, dock shooting?

    Never shot a dock. Going to practice in my yard. Youtube has some good stuff on how to do it.
    Looks like Darrell Bake and Lee Pitts hold the curve of the hook. Mr. Crappie and most hold by the head with hook facing the rod and fingers closed.
    A few use the tabs but most have a problem with it affecting the jig action.
    Read some where about putting braid on the bend of the hook and shooting like a bow release.
    What do you guys say?
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    By the jig head. Make sure the hook is rotated clear of your fingers. Bobby Garland is making tabs that hook onto the bend of the hook and allows you to hold them to shoot. I have shot using the bend of the hook. It is easier to hold by the jighead for me. I use a light action rod so that I can crank it back and send it deep under a dock if need be. I also like the light action for bringing fish out from under the dock before they wrap you around a post. I have caught some big bass and catfish from under docks. It is a surprise of a fight. Pratice helps a lot.
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle

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    I hold by the head. I've never practiced, I just go do it best I can. It's always worked good enough for me.

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    "In" my thumb point first and deep How do you hold your jig, dock shooting?
    I don't do it much. My lakes have very few docks.

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    The bend of the hook, usually. I have held the jighead, but I could visualize how that could go wrong with inattention.
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    Ask drumking thats his forte.

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    I hold it by the head of the jig, with my hand/fingers underneath the jig. When I open my fingers to release the jig, I do it quick & spread them wide. I aim with the line, not the rod. I want a slight down angle of the line and pointing at the water's surface right under the edge of the dock. My aim is to have the jig hit the water there and skip a couple of times as it travels to the darker regions of the dock. I also like to make my shot so that the jig will pass closely by an inner post and an outer post, if possible. I shoot the dock from all angles, then go to the posts that are still shaded & Vertical Cast down next to those posts.

    Here's Vertical Casting explanation : Crappie Pappy Article

    We only have floating docks up here, but I've shot docks on Watts Bar & Weiss, and done pretty good. Vertical Casting as a follow-up technique has put a few extra fish in the boat, when normally I would have simply left and gone on to another dock (prior to using that technique). Works real good under bridges and out in the limbs of a big deadfall tree, too. But, I do use weedless jigs !!
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    I’ve always help the jig by the head. It doesn’t show much detail but I have a video that shows me shooting a boat slip for the accuracy. I’ll try to get a link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappiePappy View Post
    I hold it by the head of the jig, with my hand/fingers underneath the jig. When I open my fingers to release the jig, I do it quick & spread them wide. I aim with the line, not the rod. I want a slight down angle of the line and pointing at the water's surface right under the edge of the dock. My aim is to have the jig hit the water there and skip a couple of times as it travels to the darker regions of the dock. I also like to make my shot so that the jig will pass closely by an inner post and an outer post, if possible. I shoot the dock from all angles, then go to the posts that are still shaded & Vertical Cast down next to those posts.

    Here's Vertical Casting explanation : Crappie Pappy Article

    We only have floating docks up here, but I've shot docks on Watts Bar & Weiss, and done pretty good. Vertical Casting as a follow-up technique has put a few extra fish in the boat, when normally I would have simply left and gone on to another dock (prior to using that technique). Works real good under bridges and out in the limbs of a big deadfall tree, too. But, I do use weedless jigs !!
    Coming from lake Guntersville where the water close to the shore wasn't as deep( not a lot of rock bluffs or sharp drop offs at the waters edge.) I like a good dock on post over a floating dock. Since Lake Chickamauga is my home lake now a lot of the docks are floaters, the docks that are on post are heavily cross braced. Just more stuff to get hung up on. Floating docks can be very good sometimes. A lot of people will pass them by since they take a little bit better aim to shoot between the floats. That gives you a chance at some fish that aren't as pressured as those on regular docks
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle
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    The heads have it. Motion carried. Thank you everyone.
    Today and tomorrow we are getting 2-4 inches of rain.
    So,I will practice in my carport. Probably catch a few kittens, but I ain't cleaning'em.
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