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CALVINIST

Setting the hook while jigging for eyes

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CALVINIST

I am pretty new to jigging, and while I have caught a few walleyes that way, I am still missing way too many fish mad.gif. I know that my problem lies in the way I set the hook. I know that setting the hook is more of a personal prefrence more then anything else-some set the hook immediately, while others pause for a moment and then set. Each will swear their way works best. What works for you? One fishing rig I have is spooled with Fireline, and the other with mono.

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Sliderfishn

I never wait when jigging. Mono feel the tick set the hook like I'm trying to cross their eyes. Superline I just snap my wrist, no stretch.

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huskiesplayer15

If your getting short shotted, add a stinger and slam it like roland martin and jimmy houston, OH SON!!!
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gundy89

I use mono and will usually hit them hard right away. But if I am missing them, like last weekend, I will add a stinger and point the rod tip at them until it tightens to set it. Just to let them get it a little longer. On opener we had to let them have it for about a 10 count and were still missing some.

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CALVINIST

I have started to use stingers. Since I use primarily the Fireline rig for jigging, perhaps I am setting the hook too hard and pulling the jig out of the walleye's mouith. I will definitely lighten up; just lightly snap the wrist, as stated. Do you thinkthat by waiting for a few moments after the bite would be detrimental? After all, the walleye would feel me on the other end of the line as much as I feel her because of the increased sensitivity of Fireline.

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walleyehawk

I hit it right away. I know a guy that waits and he loses more than he catches. Sometimes you may need to do as mentioned above, little give, but that is unusual.

And I use mono only, especially this time of year. With less than 20 feet of line out, you will feel it with a good rod and not need the superline. And with little line out, I want the stretch mono gives me.

Are you using a quality IM 8 rod, IM 7 at worst? Medium lite, 6 foot or 6' 6 inches.

Yesterday I jigged walleyes most of the day on a 5'9 lite rod and caught walleyes up to 20 inches with no problem. Love that little rod for jigging.

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CALVINIST

Lower end St. Croix, 6'6" medium. As far as the Fireline is concerned, I am still trying to figure out if I like it or not.

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