: roadrunner jigs
12-04-2002, 01:59 PM
I was given a bunch of these jigs, the ones with a little colorado blade attached to the bottom of the lead head, but have never had success with them. The guy who gave them to me swore by them, but they don't work where I've tried them. Pike like them, but they eat anything anyways ;). Are they one of those regionally hot baits, or one of those baits that have a specific time and place? Curious what your experiences with this jig have been.
12-04-2002, 02:28 PM
I pitch them in the weed pockes on Lake chautauqua in the summer with great results. I have found if you replace the blade with a small willow blade they work better. Also I love them when river fishing in the the fall.
12-04-2002, 03:28 PM
I have done very well in the spring on Erie fishing for smallmouths. Green or white maribo, 1/16-1/4 oz
12-04-2002, 04:58 PM
The real small ones are great for Crappies and Panfish, while the bigger ones have worked best for me on small rivers for smallmouths. They are one of those lures (in my estimation) that can and will catch anything at any time, sometimes:-).
12-04-2002, 05:20 PM
Take the curley tail off,replace with a piece of crawler and drift with them.Excellent bait.
12-04-2002, 05:22 PM
Dinky has hit the nail on the head with his advice. Give it a try sometime, you will probably like the results.
12-04-2002, 05:33 PM
Dressed with a chunk of crawler...I pitch to steep banks (cliffs) where the jig falls and falls a long ways between touchdowns.
That little blade slows the fall, gives off some noise and flashes.
The fish aren't on steep banks all that often, but on some lakes ...it works pretty decent.
12-04-2002, 08:08 PM
I'll try that, hadn't thought of it, though the 1/4's I have are probably too heavy for my depths/slow current . Sometimes drift a Flicker Spinner(trout lure) with a worm with good results for walleye, and it's likely both have a similar look/feel.
So far sounds like a great sm bass bait.
12-05-2002, 10:59 AM
When I go up to the Boundary Waters or Quetico and bring limited tackle, I always bring plenty of roadrunners. Work well for smallmouth, walleye and pike. I think Northland Tackle has their own version of the roadrunner.
I haven't tried the night crawler trailer yet, but it sounds like a good idea. Like the commercial says, you can't fish them wrong as long as you fish them slow.
12-05-2002, 11:11 AM
Stewart, I also tip with a piece of nightcrawler but what nobody has mentioned is that they should be fished verrrrry slowly. I have caught fish jigging, casting and retrieving normally but my catch rate has ALWAYS been best when I fish them slow. If you think you're too slow, slow down more. Just my opinion and not necessarily shared by others.
12-05-2002, 12:07 PM
Slow?! Ahhh, that fits in well with the worm thing, and the dropping along cliffs. Thought with a blade you were suppossed to swim them along. They just looked like a reversed mini spinnerbait. Been using them sort of like a crankbait, casting, kind of for searching.
12-05-2002, 03:47 PM
We fish them vertically in Missouri, Tip them with a crawler and move slowly with the trolling motor on points and flats. Use a minnow in the spring and they are great for both walleyes and crappies. One local guide makes his own version with a long shanked hook, great for using a whole crawler. Lindy has a jig similar.
12-05-2002, 04:35 PM
Try some really small ones 1/16...1/32..(Maribou skirted) where Rainbow trout are cruising steep banks prior to the spawn. Cast to the bank, rip it....let it fall...and fall...and fall.. when the line goes slack rip it again! Sometimes it is bottom and with the rip, you have merely "jigged" again, but, often it will be a large rainbow trout in which you have just stuck a hook. You can do unbelievably well. Then and again , if Browns are present, they'll hit it, too.
But, in my first post, I thought we were talking about "fish" (walleyes)....LOL