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Old 08-20-05, 10:17 AM   #1
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If I was to get a Jitterbug what type do you think is best?

XL Jitterbug

Jointed "Jitterbug"

Weedless "Jitterbug"

Original "Jitterbug"

Also what size? 1/4, 3/8, 5/8, 7/16(weedless)

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Old 08-20-05, 11:53 AM   #2
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It all depends on the conditions where you will be fishing. If I had to pick one I'd go with a 3/8 oz. Original in either a black or frog pattern. That said, my favorite is a black Muskie Jitterbug. I reserve that one for night fishing, particularly full moon night fishing. I don't know if they are even making them anymore.

Yep-they do. It is that XL Jitterbug.
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Old 08-20-05, 12:16 PM   #3
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i always think bigger is better. i would get the biggest size you can find(but i dont like the jointed, dont trust them. so i dont get jointed) but the biggest original jitterbug you can find in black should get you some hawgs.....especially at night.
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Old 08-20-05, 12:39 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'll try the Original in Black.. ill look at the 3/8 and 5/8 and see which I prefer.
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Old 08-21-05, 09:58 AM   #5
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5/8 in all Black, not the jointed ones. Any color is really OK, black just seems to perform better for me, so now I throw it more than any other color, so I think it's better LOL. Anyway I have quite a few, and I prefer the 5/8 oz size.

Reb they still make the Muskie Jitterbug, I have bought a couple this year. Waiting to use them though, most bass around here would run from that thing.

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Old 08-21-05, 07:34 PM   #6
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Check my avatar. That doesn't mean I have any expertise, it just means that Jitterbugs are by far my favorite topwater.

I use black only; I'm confident enough that I don't think more colors would get me more fish. I've always used 3/8 oz. and have not been able to see a difference in my catch between the regular and jointed. I've just very recently started to use the 5/8 oz. in some cases.

All my 'Bugs have been modified to add split rings and replace the factory hooks.
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Old 08-24-05, 12:58 PM   #7
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i have a brown with black striped jitterbug,my brother hooked a broken line under water with a blue jitterbug on the other end
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We use to tear them up at night with an original quarter oz. jitterbug painted black with a majic marker.
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Old 03-24-12, 08:21 PM   #9
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get 2 of each, for real. that way oyu ahve one for every situation.
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Wow, this post was only SIX AND A HALF YEARS OLD, but better late than never.
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I've been throwing a black 5/8 jointed version for the past 3 years now with really great success. I was throwing a non jointed version for a while and thought I'd try the jointed just for kicks. Both seem to work very well. It seems like I get more strikes on the jointed version though.
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I am almost embarrased to admit it, but I have never tied on a Jitterbug. I have thought about them many times when I see them hangin in the stores, but just never pulled the trigger.

Are they still a lure that deserves some space in the tacklebox or are they just a relic of the past?
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I am almost embarrased to admit it, but I have never tied on a Jitterbug. I have thought about them many times when I see them hangin in the stores, but just never pulled the trigger.

Are they still a lure that deserves some space in the tacklebox or are they just a relic of the past?
Me too, I look at them from time to time but I've never owned one.
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I am almost embarrased to admit it, but I have never tied on a Jitterbug. I have thought about them many times when I see them hangin in the stores, but just never pulled the trigger.

Are they still a lure that deserves some space in the tacklebox or are they just a relic of the past?
Well here is my story Tavs. I threw Jitterbugs for a long time. Never had any luck with them. I'm talking from my teens to about 5 years ago. I gave up on them for several years. Then 5 years ago, I pulled it back out, dusted it off and gave it a go again. Today, it's my go to lure at night and early morning right along with a buzzbait. Why I never had any luck in all those years I cannot say. All I know is I catch a lot of bass on Jitterbugs these days. Get yourself one and give it a try.
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Thanks for the info Keith, think I will pick 1 or 2 up and give them a try. Any tips on size or color.
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Jitterbugs are still a LOCK at night. I also like them as a foggy pre-dawn search bait. Here's a 1966 vid you might enjoy.
http://youtu.be/3HlaaeB4pvw
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thats an awesome vid. where did you find it? u should submit it to the bass fishing archives.


i have a bunch of these lures from jointed to 1 piece, small to big & they are awesome. was buying them at basspro when this older worker saw me & he said that company has been around since i was a kid and still around for a reason.
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thats an awesome vid. where did you find it? u should submit it to the bass fishing archives.


i have a bunch of these lures from jointed to 1 piece, small to big & they are awesome. was buying them at basspro when this older worker saw me & he said that company has been around since i was a kid and still around for a reason.
Exactly right.
Jitterbugs are still one of my favorite baits to fish.
Hell, my PB came off a jitterbug.
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Thanks for the info Keith, think I will pick 1 or 2 up and give them a try. Any tips on size or color.
I throw a 5/8 in black. Thats all I throw most of the time. There are times though when the softer sound of the 1/4 is what they want, so I use both sizes. And black is the only color I own.
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I throw a 5/8 in black. Thats all I throw most of the time. There are times though when the softer sound of the 1/4 is what they want, so I use both sizes. And black is the only color I own.
Same here except I don't use other sizes.
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They didn't have "video" in 1966. That's most likely 8mm film without sound. Just so we have FULL disclosure - it's a video copy of a 1966 8mm film. I know how you like to keep everything FACTUAL Ken.
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They didn't have "video" in 1966. That's most likely 8mm film without sound. Just so we have FULL disclosure - it's a video copy of a 1966 8mm film. I know how you like to keep everything FACTUAL Ken.
boogie All films/8mm films/movies/home movies are in FACT videos. However all videos are not movies.

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Great pre dawn to first light bait for me. Never had much luck after light except for a few dinks.
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Jitterbugs are still a LOCK at night. I also like them as a foggy pre-dawn search bait. Here's a 1966 home vid you might enjoy.
Maybe first youtu. fishing vid ever created!
http://youtu.be/3HlaaeB4pvw

Finally I can correct Ken.

Great video. Iwas 5 years old when that was made.
Seems like yesterday........if I could only remember what day was yesterday!
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Hey I got yalls FACTUAL right here!
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