Fishing with a jig can be very frustrating when you stand for hours on end and not a single sign of life, and you are not sure if you have the right technique or not, so you are just standing and trying out different things but you get no results.
It could be because you have have had the wrong color, size or just the wrong fishing technique. But don’t worry, in this guide i will try to give you all the best tips that both beginners and more advanced fishermen have a good use of.
Choose The Right Jig Color
When you first start out fishing with the jig, then you have to be experimental and try all kinds of different colors and color combinations. All waters have different bodies and finding out what colors that works in your specific fishing waters demands some trial and error.
So every time you try out a new fishing spot then you need to start and experiment with all colors that you have and try to remember and learn from your mistakes and you will very soon understand what color works best at the time.
Most ponds have bluegill, crawdads or sometimes even chad. This is the kind of colors you need to look for and match your jig color to the prey. When imitating bluegill, a green pumpkin or jig with shades of blues will help, When trying to imitate shad, white skirts with a white trailer work well. The more your jig look like the real thing, the better. But remember that they can look different certain parts of the year.
Where To Use A Jig
The good thing about jigs is that you can use it everywhere effectively when you are fishing for bass. There is no wrong place to use them, but the best anglers are around grass, rocks, wood, and docks.
Once the jig is on the bottom use short hops to keep it near the ground during your retrieve, sometimes the bass will grab the lure as it falls, so it is always important to watch your line as the jig is falling down, so always pay attention,because you don’t want to miss out on a big bass.
Remember that the lighter the jig is, the slower it will sink to the bottom, using a lighter jig early in the year is a better choice because it matches the mood of the fish.
You can also use small movements with your rod to make the jig move up and down in the water as you retrieve the lure.
Fish With A Swim Jig
You can try to fish with a swim jig, it is something that is done quite rarely, but is incredibly effective. You got to try it out if you haven’t already.
When you are choosing your swim jig you have to know that the weight of the lures is very important to get right. So how do you know what size you should choose? It all depends on the depth and type of cover you are fishing for. If you are fishing in a shallow water you should choose a lighter jig that sinks a little slower so you can keep it in the upper part of the water column.
But the best tip i can give is to never stop experimenting, try all kinds of different weight and sizes and see what works best in the water and time of the year you are fishing in.
When you are fishing with a swim jig you should not just toss the bait and retrieve it in a straight consistent line. You want to move your rod some, move the jig around some covers, rocks and such.
Choose The Right Jig Head Style
Picking out the right Jig head style can be tricky sometimes. You got a hole bunch of different shapes, styles and materials to choose from. Here i will list the different styles so you will know in what situation you can choose the right Jig.
The big wide head is perfect for rocky, hard bottoms, it’s more likely to roll and bounce instead of getting stuck between rocks, and could save you to cost of some good Jigs.
The Football Head style usually comes in heavier weights and has a good motion transfer to feel the bottom, that’s why its also perfect for deep water fishing as well. This shape is typically fished with more of a dragging motion when you throw it over a hard bottom structure. This enables the shape of the jig head to impart a natural erratic motion.
This jig still works much better in more shallow waters, or around trees and bushes. When you come up over branches or leaves and such you won’t get stuck, it’s just going to pull right over without any problem. So if you are going to fish in some more shallower waters or if you’re just afraid to lose you jig, then the brush head is the go to jig.
The Arky Head jig is the perfect jig for all situations, it’s a real all around performance lure. It has a great versatile style suited for any bass fishing situation, it’s a great lure for beginners still learning their way around bass fishing.
You can throw this lure wherever you want, deep, shallow, heavy cover and open water, it’s doesen’t matter. It’s a really fun lure to play around with.
The good thing about the arky head is that you can use so many different styles with it.
This is a perfect lure for heavy vegetation and much leaves and trees. It has a different hook angle, so that grass or weed heads feature a line tie aligned with the hook. The head is slim, sharp and long. This allows the jig to penetrate and cut through heavy vegetation without getting caught when it’s going through the vegetation.
The Grass Head jig is offtenly fished slowly through the vegetation with pulling,hopping or dragging motions.
Choose The Right Fishing Line
When you are selecting your fishing line there is two options. Either the Fluorocarbon or Braided line. The braided line is the better choice, but if the water is extremely clear then you should use the fluorocarbon. Braided line is the most sensitive and will give you the biggest advantage.
But remember that sometimes when you are fishing a body of water that is very clear, you will likely get more bites throughout the fishing trip with the fluorocarbon line because it’s so much less visible than the braided line.
Use The Right Fishing Rod
Always when you are fishing jig you have to use a good fishing rod that is soft or has a fast action tip, this is one of the most important features. It won’t work out well at all of you jig with a medium-heavy or heavy power rod regardless of the power.