SPJ in freshwater?

davidpratt

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Jul 28, 2020
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David Pratt
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Anyone ever try this? I don't fish freshwater that often and when I do it's usually using the fly fishing gear or topwater for largemouth. I feel like I read reports of people saying stripers at places like Lake Powell will hold really deep and it seems like SPJ could be a great way to fish for those deep fish.
 
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benwah22

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Whatever one I'm on.
it's been done. I've seen pics of some stud lake trout caught on them
 
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wadeatl

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My fishing partner caught our first Striper of the day last weekend on Lake Lanier with a SPJ and using a Gravitate G1 rod.

For striped bass I think you need to have the summer pattern when they stack up in the deeper water for the technique to be successful. We will continue giving it a try this this summer.

Side note .... it seems that the micro jigs 80 grams and under have had some success on spotted and large mouth bass.

We are both new to SPJing this year and had some success in Gulf of Mexico.
 
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Explorer1

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The lake I fished not very deep so my test might not be the same with other lakes. I am mostly a Small Mouth Bass guy so fished once using SPJ on humps ….. a few follow but no taker.
 
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esgeo

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I just picked up a goo fish orange spj rod to use for vertical jigging here in Oklahoma. This morning I ended up fishing a kastmaster jig, so not a true spj style jig, but was just jigging along the bottom while drifting and did ok (2 striper hybrids, a largemouth and a smallmouth) from one spot in 20-30’ of water. I think I need to get thinner braid to keep the jig more vertical, but definitely had some good action where I was was marking fish.
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surfgoose

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    Gary
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    whichever has the longest bunk
    The basics of slow pitch jigging goes back to the very start of using artificial lures. Look up the first fishing lure patented in America. A man was fishing from a dock and dropped his lunch spoon and as it fluttered down in the clear water he saw a big fish come out from the shadows and eat it.

    Of course you can't defend a fishing lure patent from imitators, any more than Eli Whitney could keep people from making copies of his cotton gin. But a fluttering piece of metal which imitates an injured or dying small fish is an ancient and honorable way of catching fish.
     
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