One of the most useful techniques you need to learn when fishing is how to jig. The jog-head with a rubber skirt combination has been used by fishers for many years now, and it continues to catch bass no matter the season and no matter the spot that bass swim.
Now that jigs have become more specialized, it is more effective than ever too! Read on as we discuss what gear you’ll be needing when jig fishing for bass!
What You Need
Jig-fishing, perhaps more than any other technique relies heavily on the feel, and you simply can’t feel much with poor equipment. Here are the right tools you’ll be needing for the job.
A rod that is between 7’ and 7’6” in length with a medium-heavy action is an ideal jig rod. A baitcasting reel spooled with 12–17lb test fluorocarbon line rounds out the entire combination. The rod and reel should be sensitive enough to detect bites yet strong enough to get a good hookset when a bass bites your jig.
The trailer at the end will affect the action of the bait, the forage it imitates, and the appearance of the jig. A soft plastic one is a great option because it is usually available in many styles and colors. Make sure that it is rigged straight on the hook of the jig so the action is not affected and it appears natural.
- Grubs. This is a great way to make your jig look like a crawfish or a small fish swimming along. It looks like a fleeing crawfish that creates an enticing movement underwater.
- Chunks. The tails of grubs look like a fleeing crawfish, and they create an enticing movement underwater. Grubs are an excellent choice for all types of jigs.
- Craws. The jig can look just like a crawfish moving along the bottom when paired with a soft plastic crawfish. They come in many colors to match all jig skirts, and the added appeal of the claws creates a total package. These work well for all styles of jigs.
There are different types of jigs
- Standard Jig. This works best for short casts to submerge cover, but it works well in deeper water too. They are the most versatile and common jigs, and are either heavy or light. The lighter style works better in shallower water or when anglers want a slower fall from their jig.
- Football head jig. This type of jig has a unique head design that resembles the shape of a football, allowing great contact with the bottom and letting you stay in touch with your lure without hanging up as much as with other jigs. They work best between 10 to 50 feet deep.
- Swim Jigs. The swim jig is engineered with a pointed head to come through grass and cover while being retrieved. It’s best in motion in the middle of the water column. It’s effective in shallow waterless than ten feet deep.
Have the Right Tools for Jig Fishing!
As a method for bait delivery or a standalone option, jig fishing has become very successful for multiple species throughout the country, moving water or stagnant, stained or clear. It can be swam, hopped, dropped, plopped, dragged, and many more!
However, just because there are many techniques available and the method is perfect for different types of water and species doesn’t mean it’s easy to go jig fishing. The first step is to always have the right gear.
We hope this article has helped you learn the appropriate gear you need to have when jig fishing!