Fishing Jigs

TYPES OF JIGS AND WHEN TO USE THEM WITH BASS

Bass fishing continued to evolve over the last few years. It started from crankbait, Swimbait to catching big Bass on jigs. Speaking of jigs, the skirted Bass jig is one of the best lures you can fish with if you’re targeting Largemouth Bass. Many tournaments and fishing competitions have been won using skirted jigs, making it a norm among Bass anglers. The skirted jig is a force to be reckoned with, and it’s one of the only Bass lures you can fish any time of the year no matter the water clarity or depth.

The right jig makes all the difference, but the question is, which jig is the right one? It can get confusing because there’s tons of variety in the market today. These jigs come in different colours matching the different seasons, water temperature and brightness. Jigs also have different weights and offer their own strengths. To make it easier for you, we’ve put together the following analysis of the ideal jig type to use for the different jig presentations.

CASTING JIG FISHING

Casting jigs should be 3/8 to ½ oz and should feature round, Arkie style or flat bottom heads to stand up off the bottom. Casting jigs have a standard or wire weed guard of medium strength. Casting jigs are multi-purpose jigs. You can use this with or without a rattle. The trailers recommended craws, creatures and grubs for casting jigs.

SWIM JIG FISHING

It’s considered to be one of the deadliest jigs to use when catching Largemouth Bass. Making it swim right is a skill you need to master. What you need to keep in mind when fishing a swim jig is that speed kills. You must master the retrieval and make sure your jig never breaks the surface. It has to swim through the water column much like a crankbait gracefully.

Go for a swimbait that weighs 1/4 oz to 1/2 oz. These jigs will usually come with the lightest weed guards so you can retrieve at higher speeds. The head shape should be more bullet shaped to pull through weeds and debris quickly.

GRASS JIG FISHING

Grass can mess up most jig presentations, but specific jigs excel at fishing the green stuff. Grass jigs usually come in sizes from ¼ oz to 1 ½ oz. They typically have a conical head with a line tie near the top that allows them to penetrate the grass better without collecting the grass. Grass jigs should also have a stout, heavy wire hook to fish on a heavy tackle. Grass jig trailers are compact and don’t have lots of appendages to avoid snagging on the grass.

FLIPPING JAG FISHING

When fishing around heavy debris, tree stumps, fallen trees or dense brush, go for the flipping jig. This jig is designed for hard terrains without doing damage to the jig. The average weight that most anglers use for their flipping weights is 3/8 oz to 1 oz. These jigs are equipped with heavy gauge hooks that will help ensure you increase your hook up ratio. It is usually compact, but the flipping jig skirt is what makes the lure.

The general rule for flipping jigs skirt is the larger, the better. If the skirt is larger, it gives the fish a bigger target to bite. It also ensures that the fish can still see it even if it’s far away. Flipping jigs usually come with nylon or plastic weed guards to help ensure the lure stays weedless. A flipping jig has a rattle that will attract any fish in the general area. The best flipping jig trailers are grub tails, creature baits and crawfish plastics.

FINESSE JIG FISHING

Finesse jigs are great to use in places with smaller fishes, heavy angler pressure and cold water. They weigh 3/16 oz to ¼ oz and usually come with finesse or spider cut skirts and a finesse light wire hook. They have ball-shaped or compact heads. Finesse jigs are deadly when paired with a small craw or creature bait.

FOOTBALL JIG FISHING

Football jigs are used around the rocks where the sun often hits the rocks and warms the water around them quicker. In these locations, you need a jig to hold up the bump and grind of being pulled over the rocks.

As the name suggests, the football jig head resembles that of a football. The unique shape will allow it to be dragged over the rocky bottom without it falling into cracks and get stuck. Usually, football jigs weigh 3/8 oz to 1 oz. The skirts are often fuller and resemble more of an umbrella shape. The jig is usually equipped with a wide gap hook. Most anglers fish football jigs with a weed guard. A football jig is usually paired with creature bait, grub tail or crawfish plastic as well.

Do you feel more confident in chasing Bass now? These tips should help point you in the right direction regarding what jigs to use and when to use them. Bear in mind that researching and practising are two of the most vital things to improve your fishing skills. So just keep learning more, and you’ll find yourself chasing Bass more effectively.


 

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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.