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Best J-Plug size and colors

7/23/14 @ 11:49 PM
Who Farted?
User since 5/11/09
Is anybody using plugs anymore or is it a thing of the past, if so what is the colors that tend to produce? Do you run them with flashers.

8/1/14 @ 2:24 PM
MEMBER since 4/16/06
I love J Plugs! Once the summer pattern hits, which... I'm not sure is ever going to this year. I always run a #3 silver bullet on 5 color LC every trip it's good for one or two and like to run a 4 3/4" wonder bread with rattle on LC. Couple years ago I drilled a hole in the tail of a silver bullet and stuffed tuna in there Big Smile didn't catch a darn thing on it (blamed it on the hole and tuna changing the action) and had a heck of a time getting all the tuna back out. Dumb. should have used a liquid scent or not messed with it at all.

7/26/14 @ 7:52 AM
User since 6/9/06
I'd never try to remove the rattles, BBs, from a J-Plug. You buy your J-Plugs without the rattles. The old models generally didn't have rattles. The J-Plugs with the prism tape inserts do not have rattles.

I've tried J-Plugs with and without rattles but prefer them without. Fishing at night I'll use a J that rattles.

I tried drilling holes to add BBs to J-Plugs too. I had a devil of a time getting the epoxy to seal the hole. If you do drill the plugs make the hole near the tail.

Good Luck


7/25/14 @ 6:18 PM
Grey Beard
User since 1/27/02
LOL when I read about removing rattles. Years ago drill holes in most of mine and added rattles.

This time of year I love extended glow Js on 2-5 colors in no or low light. I bought a bunch of Js on EBay and sanded off the finish, primed with white and then various extended glow and finished with clear coat. Grey Ghost, Chartreuse, Blue back/chart belly in size 4 my fav.

Grey Beard

7/25/14 @ 3:17 PM
User since 5/20/10
Is there a "best" way to get the rattles out of the j plugs? I don't want to ruin them.

7/25/14 @ 7:50 AM
User since 8/29/06
I actually have had tremendous success on the lighted ones (discontinued now) until they stopped working. I have only done well on j-plugs at night in 45-55 fow with staging kings. Seems like i put one out here and there during the summer and nadda. I always ran them on a rigger so maybe that is the problem. Perhaps I will try them on LC on a planer as suggested.

7/24/14 @ 5:28 PM
User since 12/6/10
Color is like spoons, everyone has their favorites and they will all catch fish at times. The only ones I've never been able to catch anything on is the lighted ones - that is until the light burnt out, then then I started catching fish on them! I've never heard of running one behind a flasher.

7/24/14 @ 4:22 PM
Mike Nitro
Mike Nitro
User since 4/3/14
I have a jointed Silver and Blue J-Plug that has had its days out there. Also use the large Pearl one once mid August pattern sets up.

7/24/14 @ 3:40 PM
User since 2/12/02
By far, the best plug we run is a #3 white glow with a black ladder back. No rattles, and we always run it off our slide diver back 75 to 100 ft. This plug took our biggest king the last 3 yrs. Just seems the 4 yr olds cant resist it.

7/24/14 @ 12:48 PM
User since 6/9/06
The best J-Plug is a #3 Silver Bullet (4" long) without rattles. Long leads are best, something around 100' minimum. This is a great bait on a 2,3, or 5 color core with an inline planer board. Also works well with 150' of 30# copper down the chute or on a board. Remember NO RATTLES! Keep the hooks sharp.

Good Luck


7/24/14 @ 7:58 AM
User since 10/2/05
I run J-plugs in the fall and still catch a few fish on them. I really like chrome with blue back or chrome with a purple back, bone, and also run various green ladder backs and glow greens early and late in the day. I usually run them on my dipsies -no flasher -or on a long line or two outside of the harbor away from the circus. As far as size, that will depend on the day.

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