Thought for the day.

5 02 2013

The other day I was browsing through a forum and the topic of the day was “what is the most productive jig color”.  Normally I ignore these kinds of topics because I am not much of a jig fishermen.  On the rare occassion I do jig I use whatever color is handiest in the weight I want.  Some people might consider this sacreligious but there is a method to my selection.

When jigging the Detroit River a boat is drfiting downstream along with the current.  The fisherman is doing the same thing with his jig/body combination drifting along at the same speed as the boat (providing boat control is properly maintained).  The jig/body acts like a weather vane in the water with the head of the jig upstream and the tail end of the body pointing downstream.  The walleye are sitting on the bottom facing upstream waiting for lunch to drift by.  Guess what the walleye sees first?  That’s right, the tail end of the body, not the jig head.  Depending on the size of the jig and body the walleye may not even see the jig head at all.  Also, the window of opportunity for a walleye to grab a lure drifting by in the current is so small he/she really doesn’t have a lot of time to decide if it is edible.  It’s either grab or or let it go.  Does the marble size brain of a walleye really have the time or ability to process to eat or not to eat something because the smallest part of the presentation is a specific color?  I don’t think so. 

I know people will swear up and down that my “antifreeze” color jig will out produce everyone on my boat any day of the week.  That my be true but was it the color of the jig or the size, action, speed, depth or location of the antifreeze jig that caused the strikes? 

Too many fishermen conveniently forget those details.

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14 04 2013
george horn

you’ve got me thinking on this. when i drop the camera down there with the fin on it, it faces downstream. i think the water on top travels faster than the water on the bottom. maybe the jig faces downstream too.

anyway thanks for the great blog and hello from ggoblue.

14 04 2013
mfs686

Here is something else to think about. If the jig head is facing downstream then why do so many walleye get snagged right underneath the chin by the jiggers? That can’t happen if the head is going downstream first.

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