How do you fish the kicker 25 light the JRI 3 and OCT surface irons? Specifically the retrieval speed. I know on a Tady C you just wind it in and a 45 is a medium slow retrieval rate but for the above-mentioned jigs I have no idea.
I see you’ve edited your post—that definitely helps with the question.
In my experience, Tady jigs swim better at a slower retrieve and in my opinion the Kicker jigs do as well. You can definitely swim the Kicker jigs faster than a Tady and still get good action though. JRI jigs seem to swim well no matter what so those you can adjust to your liking and to what the fish want. Never fished an OCT but I imagine they are as good if not better than JRI.
I swam an original Starman 112 in the pool the other day and it looked so good I wanted to eat it.
OCT seems pretty similar to a heavier 3. The Kickers work a lot better if you give them a 5 count sink first since they're so light.
The one thing I'll say about pool testing is that jigs swim very differently when at the end of the retrieve than at the end of a cast, much more so than is accounted for by retrieval speed varying with spool diameter. The angle change and line stiffness changes the kick out, so it's good to get more than a backyard pool length to get a full idea how a jig swims.