Poppers on a Jigstick

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  1. jigstickjeff

    jigstickjeff Well-Known "Member"

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    Has anyone tried using poppers on their Jigstick? I know most people use spinning outfits for poppers but wanted to know if Jigsticks can get you by.
     
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    el Toro I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    They can, but it's more tiresome, and harder to take up the slack. It's also harder to make good casts into the foamer, especially when you are all amped up. I fought it for a while, then bought a spinner and haven't looked back. No comparison.
     
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    Thanks for input, I recently won a popper on a charter and have been wanting to try it out. My buddy has a nice Spinning set up maybe I will see if I can try the poper on it next time we fish together.
     
  4. hucklongfin

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    I throw poppers on my 9’ stick with a TranX HG all the time. Works great. You want a high speed reel to take up the slack and get ready for the next pop. I caught both YT and YFT last week on the Ridge throwing poppers. I used a popping stick with a Saragosa 10k too. The TranX was easier.
     
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    I've got a Daiwa BG 35 on my BTG 90J I have been tempted to try the popper on that set up.
     
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    Can you? Yeah, but why would you? I’ve tried it before and felt so out of place. It’s like putting a reel on backwards and upside down on the rod. My opinion is the best way to fish poppers and stickbaits is spinning gear. Distance and power, building arms, not rails.. good luck
     
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    My reason is I'm not really a spinning gear guy. So I was wondering if I could get by with what I'm comfortable with.
     
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    One of the guys on my 10 day was using a conventional for poppers and caught fish. It’s more difficult than a spinner or baitcaster but it’ll work especially if you just want to try a popper. You can always get more specialized gear later.
     
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    That's where I'm at I want to give poppers a try. If I really get in to fishing poppers I'm sure I will get a dedicated popper set up.
     
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    Sounds like a plan. Catching Tuna on Poppers is awesome
     
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    Yes.
    First cast is easy. It's difficult to work a popper and wind your line back onto your reel cleanly simultaneously making for shotty second attempts if your hoping for distance.
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    I throw the Halco haymakers on my btg 90j and tranx 500hg.
    I also throw them on my US80 monster also with a tranx hg.
     
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    Justin that thing is a BEAST! Hope to fish with u again one day!
     
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    Used a phenix black diamond 809xhj and Okuma Komodo SS 463P. Threw Halcos and Cavios with no problem. I'm not a "professional popper fisherman" so I couldn't tell you if it was the best way or not. All I can say was that with that set up I was able to cast the thing, make it splash, and wind into the fish to set the hook when bit. Many many yellowtail, yellowfin, and one wahoo that took a popper home with him, told me that I was doing SOMETHING right. What ever you find that works for you, it is flat out some of the best fun you can have when they are eating the popper !
     
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    Jigslinger Fishing is an incurable disease

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    On most of my trips guys (including myself) use jigsticks for poppers. I rarely see spinning setups. It's probably more ideal with spinners. But it's so much more fun with conventional or baitcasters.
     
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    I've fished poppers a little bit on a 9' jig stick with a Lexa 400.... Seems to work fine.
     
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    Before the last decade we HAD to use conventional reels to fish poppers and skip jigs. Of course it works. BUT -- if somehow you get a backlash, even a small one, inevitably during the short time that you spend trying to get it out is when you get bit, and the line comes tight and POW breaks and you are out another lure. It even happened to me when I was using poppers with the hooks taken off, just playing with the fish for a bit until they opened their mouths and released it. A strike with an overrun costs you a lure.

    I still somehow manage to get overruns on my baitcaster. So I bought a Shimano Spheros 20000 and a Tallus HBBR and couldn't be happier. I haven't tried a cow on it (lucky, I think) but anything up to 150 -- which is 99% of what I catch -- is in for a real fight and will almost always lose. Which is all I can ask of an outfit.
     
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    U must forget I'm geographically challenged lol. It is as much a task to get to Seaford for me as it is to get to PV except for customs of course lol

    Btw was that popper one of Chucho's?
     
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    vegasandre I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Poppers on a jig stick is kind of like using that old wooden persimmon driver out on the golf course,

    Wooden Driver:
    Can you drive it straight?- Probably if you are somewhat decent
    Can you hit it pretty far? - Yes , if you are very good.
    Is there a margin of error? not much.

    Titanium Driver:
    Can you drive it Straight? pretty consistantly
    Can you hit it pretty far?- Mostly all the time
    Margin for error? - much greater sweet spot.


    No where else in the world does anyone throw a popper with a conventional-especially the pro's..

    Of course if that is all you have and you don't want to spend a little $$ for a quality Stella/Saltiga then go out and have fun anyway.
     
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