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Floating Jig Heads

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Anybody have any luck with floating (balsa) jig heads (with leeches or minnows)on about a 3' leader? Had quite a bit of luck on Leech and Vermillion in past years.

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I use them for deep walleyes when they are suspended up 4 or 5 feet off the bottom and use a leader lengt accordingly

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I have always done very well using phelps floaters tip with a leech or fathead.

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I use these all the time in the river and have caught many fish on them.I have also used them on mill lac and winnie with a good deal of luck.

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I use them all the time. Pretty much my go to setup. I will have one on Saturday morning.... I love them.

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Pretty much a main stay in my area. I love a leech or floated crawler on a phelps or Northland floater. Spin n glows are also a very effective option.

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I'll be thinking of you all Sat morning when I'm stuck in central Illinois. I sure do miss Minnesota, land of my boyhood.

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Not necessarily a floating jig head but I have had good luck on deep weed lines with short snells and a gumdrop floater and leech or night crawler.

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I will have one one on Saturday morning, my other rod will have 1/8 fireball on.

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Yip, I pretty much will have one on too. Half Face Jig on one rod with an original or Wobbler floater on the other. Can't wait! Good luck to all.

Matt Phelps

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Yep, I prefer the gumdrop floaters too, my biggest problem is keeping enough in my tackle box.

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why is it that everytime I use floaters all I catch is Bullheads? I don't get it. How do you fellas rig them. Do you use three way swivels with a weight on the bottom? Thanks.

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Swivel to the line with a bullet (1/4-1/2 oz) weight above it and 3' mono leader tied to the jig (loop knot is what my granddad called it) is all I've ever used. If using a minnow, be sure to hook it top to bottom so it doesn't trail belly up (since the weight will bounce off the rocks -- in theory -- as opposed to getting hung up between them -- which happens a LOT)so the jig will be upside down (hook facing down).

If all you're getting is bullheads, your leader may not be long enough.

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I always lindy rig it with a 4-6 foot snell. I hook the minnow from the bottom up through the head. The hook hang up. Caught lots of fish doing this....

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Hmmm...so THAT'S what I'm doing wrong.... That's why I'm here...to learn!

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Had to go to the boat and take another look at the jigs. The eye is on the same side as the curve of the hook, so both would be facing down as the sinker bounces off the bottom. Makes sense that you would hook the minnow from the top of the head for the jigs I'm fishing if you want it to run upright. Paceman, could be we're talking different kinds of floating jig heads.

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