'De Facto' Surface Iron Jig...?

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  1. Dinklimit

    Dinklimit Yo Ho, Yo Ho a pirate's life for me...

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    Which brand, model and color of surface iron jig...

    Would 90% of So Cal anglers agree is the 'Holy Grail' of surface irons to buy / have...

    And is one that is...

    A. You have to have in your arsenal...if your a 'serious' surface iron jig aficionado.

    B. Popular. Everyone has it (inc. mother, brother, aunt, uncle etc.) and is always the first choice to be used/thrown.

    C. Has been in use the longest among So Cal saltwater angling in general.

    Looking to buy some surface iron jigs and don't really know where to start. I always hear and see TADY 45 in White / Blue everywhere. Is the TADY 45 the 'Holy Grail' of surface iron jigs...?
     
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  2. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    Yes, A/B/C would be the Tady 45 in b/w. In this day and age smart money would go for a JRI 4 in mint/white.
     
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  3. drumford

    drumford gotta go babe!

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    Ummm. Yes.
     
  4. Hangfire

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    Salas 7x sardine swirl is pretty hard to beat for an all around go to surface iron.
     
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  5. nmthree

    nmthree Nick M- So Cal

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    Ditto
     
  6. plj46

    plj46 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You won't get a definitive answer,you'll have to buy more than one jig.
     
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  7. Johnny J

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    I would say that depends on what I am targeting.

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  8. kenstevens1

    kenstevens1 Well-Known "Member"

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    Hahahahaha. Oh yes. More than one
     
  9. tunanorth

    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    FTR, the 7X has been around somewhat longer than the 45.
    The 45 came into general use during 1974-75, and the 7X about 10 years before that.
    The original Candy Bar another 10 years before that, in the early-mid 1950's.
    Should be several threads about the dates over on the Vintage forum.
     
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  10. Let em eat 74

    Let em eat 74 Well-Known "Member"

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    The first jig I always pull out is a mint colored Dart special because it simply swims better than any jig I've owned. It's caught EVERYTHING that will eat a jig.
     
  11. Jigslinger

    Jigslinger Fishing is an incurable disease

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    This is easy. The one that gets bit is the one you should have in your bag. :D
     
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  12. Dinklimit

    Dinklimit Yo Ho, Yo Ho a pirate's life for me...

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    +1
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You're going to have to do it like the rest of us.

    Learn what a jig that swims looks like in the water, learn to pick one off the rack, learn which size/color you like for what's biting, build a rod that can cast that jig, spend the rest of your life dialing it in and don't be afraid to change when something better comes along.

    And that's the fun part.
     
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    I would have to agree with that.
     
  16. muymacho74

    muymacho74 Surface Iron Maniac

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    Salas, Tady, and Candybar are the most common because of how long they have been around and they have killed lots of fish over the years. Find the right one and its hard to beat.....but, times are a changing. There are some new jigs out there that are killer. JRI and Caivo are perfect examples of this. Common knowledge is that one outta 10 jigs (sometimes 20) will swim good or be the one that kicks really well and will get bit in a TOUGH bite. I say tough because almost any jig will get bit if tossed in the middle of a boil. Anyhoo, The quality of some of the new jig makers increase those odds in our favor drastically and almost all of them swim well off the shelf. Great $$ saving benefit if you dont already have that "1outta10" jig. You can pick Just about any one off the shelf and odds are it'll probably swim better than the "9outta10" you spent money on. I personally own more jigs than most tackle shops in all of the mentioned brands (and some not yet mentioned on this thread) and even though I've had lots of success with them all, I've recently had the most success with the JRI and Caivo jigs. If you are not familiar with them stop by the Bob Sands booth at the FH Show in Long Beach. They'll have both the JRI and Caivo jigs and from what I hear they are going to have some wicked deals on them.
     
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  17. hucklongfin

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    The 7x is heavier than a 45, swims with a tighter wiggle, doesn't kick as much and can be fished faster. Sometimes that's what they want!
     
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  18. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Yup. And, I have a Tady 45 Green Sardine that gets bit pretty good.
     
  19. Hangfire

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    Agreed, you can really burn a 7x without popping out of the water. The only draw back is they make terrible skip jigs.
     
  20. diseasedscrotum

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    Please inform "the uninformed", which model # of the Caivo jig line is most productive for surface iron fishing?? How is it fished?? Retrieve speed?? Thanks.
     

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