Jig Fishing BasicsThere are many lures that will catch bass year round. However, there is one that is more versatile than most and seems to consistently attract the attention of bigger fish, the jig.
Where To Start
Walking down any tackle shop jig aisle is overwhelming. There are so many shapes, sizes and colors that things can get confusing. For an introduction to jig fishing I will be talking about the most versatile of all these. The fipping/pitching/casting jig. Each company has a version and use one of those three categories.
This jig is also known as an "arkie style" jig. It can be used as a vertical presentation when flipping and pitching, swam around cover, dragged or hopped on bottom. It is also best for skipping under docks and other shoreline cover.
All of the Inseine Flipping/Pitching jigs are based off the arkie style jig head.
It is very important to have the right setup for fishing a jig. Some bites can be very subtle so a sensitive rod is important. A rod in the 7' - 7'4" heavy action range is best. Some great examples are:
Lew's Custom Speed Stick Magnum Bass 1 (it is a Medium Heavy rod but works great)
A high speed reel is required when fishing a jig. Many times bites will come on the initial fall and line must be taken up quickly before setting the hook. 7.4:1 gear ratio or higher will do the trick. It is also a good idea to use a reel that doesn't require changing hands after casting. If you cast and flip with your right hand use a left handed reel. When fish bite on the fall the second it takes to change hands can be the difference between the fish of a lifetime and a fish story. So great examples of reels are:
LineLine should be matched to water clarity and rod choice. In clear or slightly stained water 12-17 pound test fluorocarbon will work with a 7'3" medium heavy rod. Stained to dirty water and heavy cover requires 20-30 pound test and a 7'4" heavy rod.
There is no wrong way to fish a jig. During winter dragging a jig slowly is best. Spring time fish are often close to cover and pitching and flipping tactics work well. During the post spawn stroking a jig 3-6' off bottom can be the deal. If a lake has overhead cover such as docks, skipping a jig under them can produce trophy size fish during summer. Remember always allow the jig to fall VERTICALLY after a cast, flip or skip. Many strikes will come on the fall. Often you won't feel bites on a jig so be a line watcher.
As you can tell, there are lots of options for fishing a jig. If you have questions, head over to our Facebook page and send us a message (www.facebook.com/inseinefishing) or shoot us email at email@example.com