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A few words about jigs

November 3rd 2012 16:18
The other day, someone completely uninitiated to the angling arts, asked me what a jig is.
bucktail jig

In reality, a jig is nothing more than a sinker with a hook molded into it and done up with some fancy hair and coloring to attract fish. Lots of pro anglers say jigs are some of the most versatile of all artificial lures out there since they will work for just about any species and under almost any conditions.

 hair jig
A hair jig may be just the thing to entice finicky bass.
Rather than just casting a jig and reeling it back, jigs should be worked slowly across the bottom or across structure where you think fish may be. Lots of anglers use a skipping motion. Conversely, your best bet may be to cast into an area, allow the jig fall to the bottom and let it lie several seconds before you begin reeling back in. This tactic works really well for bass.

Always remember smaller, slower baits and thinner lines which result in lower visibility will almost always catch more fish than something larger. In short, use the lightest line and bait you can get away with. However, there may be a lot of current and, if that's the case, you have little choice but to use a heavier jig.

plain round head jigs
Sometimes jigs are designed to look like something a fish would eat but sometimes they are plain as illustrated in the picture at the right. With jigs like this, you can add soft plastics, trailers, or skirts to make a lure of your own liking.

In tough situations like after a cold front, in the winter, or during heavy angling pressure, a light jig will usually out-produce a heavier one. The big thing to remember when using a jig is that there is really no "wrong" was to fish it. Granted, some techniques may work better than others but, why do you think they've been around so long?

Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!

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