HOW TO USE JIG LURES TO CATCH BASS IN WINTER
Winter is a great time to go fishing. The key to success lies in being able to adjust your their tackle and techniques to match the cooler temperatures.
When it comes to Bass fishing, I like to work with jig lures to match the winter forage. Read on to learn a little on how I to use jig lures to successfully catch Bass.
WHY USE A JIG LURE?
In the winter, Bass have slower metabolisms. This affects how they move in the water. A jig lure can mimic the appearance and slower movement of the baitfish. This lure can reach the bottom of the water, which is where the fish tend to live in the winter. Jig lures can also be used in shallow water with structures and a bit of cover. It’s their features that make jig lures a favourite among many anglers, not just me.
ALL ABOUT SIZE AND COLOUR
Small and compact jig lures are best used in open and clear waters. On the other hand, in shallow water with a lot of cover or thick vegetation, it’s better to use larger jig lures. Natural colours such as green, black, blue and brown work best in clear water while black, emerald and red are suited for cloudy or muddy water.
You shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with the different types of jig lures to see how each one performs in a specific body of water. Bass tend to get finicky in colder weather, so some trial and error may still be involved.
MATCH THE JIG LURE TO THE WEATHER
In warmer weather, Bass are known to be quite aggressive. As such, I go with jig lures that have a faster presentation. However, in the winter, Bass are quite lethargic and don’t move around that much. You can adjust to this by switching to jig lures that have a slow and deliberate movement.
ADD A JIG TRAILER
The addition of a jig trailer makes the jig lure much more alluring to Bass. In colder months, it adds just enough action and vibration that attracts the attention of the fish. I often find I catch the bigger fish with this kind of rig.
COMPLEMENTARY FISHING GEAR
For jig lures to be successful, they have to be paired with the right fishing gear. I often go with a heavy braided line that won’t stretch, a medium rod that can handle bigger fish and a reel with a high gear ratio. Braid line is great for its sensitivity.
You can use a lot of different techniques when utilising jig lures. For those who are still new to Bass fishing, here are some of the most common strategies:
Casting jigs can be used along the edges of creeks. It’s best to allow the lure to sink to the bottom of the structure and wait for the Bass to strike.
Football jigs produce a wobbling action as it falls and gets dragged across the bottom of the water. The football-shaped head keeps the lure balanced, which makes for a better presentation. It’s less likely to get stuck in between rocks, but it might not be ideal for fishing in thick vegetation.
Finesse jigs are small and light lures to be used in light cover or with little vegetation. These jigs best used in tough conditions when Bass are not reacting to anything.
Jig lures are a popular choice when bass fishing in the winter because they can resemble baitfish perfectly and this catches the attention of the Bass.
By learning how to use jig lures and playing around with the different types, you can discover for yourself the most successful combination that will get them the most number of catches. Never expect the same lure to always work the same way. Always take a variety and mix it up on the day.
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