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How To Make Black And Chartreuse Marabou Jigs [Lure Recipe]

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Over 65 years ago, the first marabou jigs took the world by storm.

Inspired by the marabou streamers fly fishermen used to catch trout, jig makers in the 1950s began tying marabou feathers onto traditional lead head jigs.

These “marabou jigs” flowed gently underwater with the lightest of current, offering an extremely natural presentation to any fishy predator lurking nearby. Armed with this new presentation, anglers began using these jigs nationwide to catch trout, bass, crappie, and even walleye!

Fast forward to today, and you see many anglers replacing timeless lures like the marabou jig with newer, flasher baits. For instance, baits like the Chatterbait and the Huddleston Swimbait have become the darlings of the bass tackle industry. This has driven the marabou jig into relative obscurity with the general bass fishing population.

Marabou Jigs Are Still Deadly

Be that as it may, don’t be deceived. Marabou jigs are still just as deadly as they were 65 years ago!

In the U.S. Northwest, anglers still use marabou jigs to catch beautiful steelhead and trout.

In the midwest, panfish anglers continue to hook giant slab crappie with these jigs.

In the northern states, marabou jigs still reign as one of the most effective baits for catching big bronze smallmouth bass!

The point is this – with marabou jigs in your arsenal, you will catch more fish. #nuffsaid

Marabou has some of the best action in the jig game. These feathers are soft and fluffy when dry, but compress into a super sleek minnow profile once the jig is underwater. Additionally, the marabou gently flows and undulates with the slightest water movement. These characteristics make marabou one of the deadliest materials for finesse fishing, no matter the species.

Today’s lure recipe showcases one of these jigs, in a black and chartreuse color pattern that is effective for all freshwater species. Bass, trout, walleye, and crappie beware!

Additionally, though marabou jigs are especially effective in the cold winter months, you can catch fish with this jig all year round!

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Black And Chartreuse Marabou Jigs Recipe

👉 Jighead

Weedless Ballhead Jig Mold ($48)
Surprise surprise! My favorite jig mold is making yet another appearance. The fact that I can make 1/32 oz crappie jigs and 3/8 oz weedless bass jigs with the same mold… Is absolutely beautiful 😎.
This particular jig weighs in at 1/8 oz and does not feature a weed guard.

Yellow Chartreuse Protec Powder Paint ($7.95)
Ah, good ol’ chartreuse powder paint. It’s simple, it’s basic. And it flat out catches fish. No matter how many new powder paint colors are released, I can never stop using classic chartreuse powder paint. After coating the jighead, bake it for 20 minutes at 350 degrees to get a rock hard paint finish!

Victory 10575 #1 Jig Hook ($7 / 100)
The Victory 10575 is featured in my list of the best jig hooks you can use, and for good reason. It’s a wallet-friendly, reliable light hook that simply works. With this hook in the jig, you can reliably use light tackle with ease. Use anything from 4-pound to 8-pound line, and you will have no issues with this hook!

👉 Material

Black Danville 210 Denier Flat Wax Nylon Thread ($2.19)
Danville flat waxed nylon thread is as basic (and easy-to-use) as it gets.

Black Hareline Strung Blood Quill Marabou ($4.89)
There are several varieties of marabou feathers that you can get. To get the best sized feathers for this recipe, look no further than Hareline Strung Blood Quill Marabou. These feathers are usually three to four inches long. Expect to get around 3 dozen feathers in a pack.

Going with black for our top color here, to give us a dark solid color contrast. One large feather should be enough. Alternatively, you can stack two smaller feathers on top of one another, to give the body enough volume.

Chartreuse Hareline Strung Blood Quill Marabou ($4.89)
Thus far we have black for our solid color contrast. To really make this jig pop, I added chartreuse marabou for the bottom of the body. Two feathers on the bottom should be plenty for this build.

Fluorescent Chartreuse Krystal Flash ($4.79)
Last but not least, add a few strands of fluorescent chartreuse krystal flash along the sides. This flash catches just enough light to tease and tickle your eyes with subtle sparks of chartreuse flash. Perfect for getting the attention of spooky fish!


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