What are your favorite methods of jigging for panfish? I've seen many variations of jigging from a method similar to ice fishing to a plain un-scented panfish jig and a bobber. What types of jigs do you use the most (grubs, metal jigs, etc.)? Just trying to get a general consensus of what are the most used and best methods of using jigs for panfish.
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Depends on what the fish want. I continuously change presentations and lure types until I find what they're looking for. Once I find fish, i fish with whatever presentation, then switch to vertical jigging with a hair jig. However, unless you're fishing deep or have a smaller boat (such as a float tube or kayak) the vertical jigging technique will be tough. To get around that, I use a bobber/jig anywhere from 6"-16" above where the fish are and throw a hair jig tipped with a Gulp! Maggot. Don't forget to retrieve the rig, otherwise it doesn't look like anything! Quick side note, when you're jigging, make sure your jig sits horizontally in the water. If it isn't horizontal on a snap or swivel, directly tie it on. Makes a huge difference.
I normally use a small tubelike jig, maybe an inch long in total. Growing up we just called them "crappie jigs" not sure what the real name is. Underneath a stick bobber, varying the depth depending on where the fish and/or weeds are at. Cast out and do a slow twitch/pause retrieve.