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Ok, following on from the "tips on how to fish an estuary" thread in the learning zone, I admitted that my lack of SP knowledge needs to be enhanced somewhat.

I am thinking of heading down to an estuary mark over the weekend that I scouted whilst out cycling the other day.

Below are some SP's I've had for a while now and a couple of Jigheads. I think my problem will be the jigheads not being heavy enough with the biggest weighing in at 5g. The various rigging techniques are on the back of the packets and as Aladdin sang, it's "a whole new world" (not that I've, ahem, seen that gay boy cartoon)

Now I've actually asked for advice on Estuary fishing and actually got around to opening up the sp's and jighead packets I'm quite annoyed at myself for not doing this ages ago, instead of chosing to go to my normal marks all the time with the same hard lures. I'm sure hard plastics will always be my favourite type of lure fishing, but I'm sure over time SP's will prove to be a worthy added string to my bow.

So after all my blathering the question is this, should I wait until Mr Fish re opens to order various jigheads from him or should I have a bumble with what I already have?





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I fish weightless a lot of the time as I find I have to retreive pretty fast if using a jig head to avoid snagging in weed etc where the weightless will just come to rest on the top.

Stupid question but other than really deep water, why would you need more than about 5g of lead??
 

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Better too light than too heavy imho.

We did some fast current tests with Xlayers on 7 and 5g very recently with 0.11 and 0.13mm braids to 15lb leaders.

We were surprised to find that, even in quite strong flow, 5g was too heavy until the water depth went above about 3'

In fact, an ideal head weight would have been around 3.5 or 4g.

I can think of lots of applications for lighter jig heads. Considering the amount of hits you get on the drop when completely
weightless (just hook and SP) in deep water, many go 10g or heavier straight away. We did. In fact, we swore by 1/2oz bucktails as
THE jig weight. In fact, 1/4oz would be more like it now we've learned more techniques.
 

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Bassorama those jigheads look :wackit: are they a reasonable price? I love the way some of them pull from the nose, thus avoiding weed being snagged over the nose when running abouve weed, well I know what I mean. Zappu do a head called a Mustang Head, its a sabot shaped head and looks awesome, I want some.
 

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Bassorama

See my post on XLayers. You'd be surprised how well some SPs will cast on their own, or even with only 5g added. Your jigheads are wacky rig jigheads but there is no reason why they wouldn't work, although a texan might be easier for mounting the SP.

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I've opened up my own personal can of worms today after finally getting around to actually looking at my SP's and local estuary.

It's an exciting-come-intimadating feeling if that makes sense?

Guys, thanks a lot again.

****, I'll email you some details now mate.

Edit: for the likes of K&K, St Ouen and FishGuernsey etc who are in to SP's and tuning lures, their online catalogue has a few bits and bobs you'd like I think. Sure Blockhead mentioned their site the other day http://www.zappu.jp/
 
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