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    I am still learning so may I ask a question? How would you guys define "tight lining"? I have always thought of it as casting and reeling and keeping the line tight as you retrieve it. I have been fishing with 6' spinning rods casting 1/16 oz jigs on 6# test line. I usually fish in bayous with waters not much more than 6-8 feet deep and generally catch in 2 to 4 feet....I just bought 2 rods that are 8' long with small spinning reels on them. So, If I am fishing in 2 to 4 feet of water and just kind of jigging around stumps and trees in the water, is this the same as "tight lining"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osnola View Post
    ? How would you guys define "tight lining"? I have always thought of it as casting and reeling and keeping the line tight as you retrieve it.
    Yes, that's what they mean, just working a jig without a float,sometimes it can mean fishing on the bottom (still fishing) also.

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    My style of fishing that I refer to as tightlining is this. Fishing straight down from the rod tip. No casting just presenting the bait/lure at a certain depth where you believe the fish to be.

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    What they said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverside View Post
    My style of fishing that I refer to as tightlining is this. Fishing straight down from the rod tip. No casting just presenting the bait/lure at a certain depth where you believe the fish to be.

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    That's what I've always considered as "tight lining" ... but, without the boat moving - either tied up or anchored. I was introduced to the term "tightline fishing" or "tightlining" since I've been on this site (going on 20yrs) but prior to that it was always called "still fishing" in my circle. Not drifting, trolling with a "tight line", nor casting & retrieving with a "tight line" .... just fishing straight down below the rod tip from a stationary rod & boat (bobbers/floats not used). I learned the term "still fishing" from my Grandfather some 60yrs ago.

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    I call it vertical jigging from 2' to 20 ' but i never stay stationary alway moving with trolling motor.
    Quote Originally Posted by CrappiePappy View Post
    That's what I've always considered as "tight lining" ... but, without the boat moving - either tied up or anchored. I was introduced to the term "tightline fishing" or "tightlining" since I've been on this site (going on 20yrs) but prior to that it was always called "still fishing" in my circle. Not drifting, trolling with a "tight line", nor casting & retrieving with a "tight line" .... just fishing straight down below the rod tip from a stationary rod & boat (bobbers/floats not used). I learned the term "still fishing" from my Grandfather some 60yrs ago.

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    This is the way my uncle always fishes. One pole. One jig. No bobbers. No minnows. He sits on the very front of his boat & skulls with a small oar. No trolling motor. No electronics.

    In my opinion catching a crappie on a jig at the end of a 10 jig pole is the best thrill American outdoors sporting has to offer!!! Something about that THUMP!!!


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    I've vertical jigged and "tight line" fished. From the boat vertical jigging is great if you have electronics. But from the bank, no bobber and casting a small jig and steady retrieve I've never had any luck. I'm not good at the count down to the depth and it always seems the crappie are wanting something real still and barely moving. So I do a "float and fly". Jig under a slip bobber probing different depths. Pull it a little, let it pause, repeat. But the experts here always say ditch the bobber. I dont get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAFishBarn View Post
    But the experts here always say ditch the bobber. I dont get it.

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    I agree, float fishing is just another tool/method in your arsenal to catch fish.I always have one rod rigged "float and fly" and one rigged "tight line" to see what works best.


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    I use a bobber in shallow areas, rip rap, shore fishing, but for crappie I usually vertical jig near brush and docks/ boat slips. I catch a lot of fish using a bobber in rip rap.

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