How to Rig a Jig Head for Fishing

How to Rig a Jig Head for FishingOpen the tackle box or bag of just about any fisherman worth his salt and you will find a jig head. Granted, there may only be one or two "go to" jig heads that occupy coveted tackle box space, but nevertheless, there will usually be at least one. Jig heads are versatile, can be rigged in various ways and often get the job done especially when bass and other fish turn off, suspend off the bottom or hang on ledges and other structures. The next time you feel stumped, tie on a jig and let the fun begin.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Jig head
  • Snips
  • Rubber skirt
  • Grub soft bait
  • Creature soft bait
  • Trick worm soft bait
Step 1
Attach the jig head lure to your fishing line using an improved clinch knot. Form the knot by passing the free, or tag, end of the line through the eye of the jig. Make sure there is 4 to 5 inches of the line extending past the eye.
Step 2
Wrap the tag end of the line around the main line for six to seven turns. Begin wrapping near the eye of the jig and work your way up the line making concentric turns.
Step 3
Pass the tag end down through the small loop formed just above the eye of the jig. Do not tighten the knot at this point. Pull the line through the small loop and then pass the end of the line through the elongated loop formed along the side of the knot. Pull the knot tight and trim excess from the knot.
Step 4
Attach a rubber skirt to the jig head lure. Locate the small opening in the center of the rubber skirt. Attach the skirt to the jig by inserting the point of the hook through the small hole and pushing the skirt up to the lead head of the jig. Many jigs will feature a formed lip that is designed to hold the skirt in place.
Step 5
Use a variety of soft plastic baits with the jig head. Insert the point of the hook into the nose of the grub, trick worm or creature bait for about 1/2 to 1 inch depending on the size of the jig head lure and hook shank. Push the point of the hook downward through the belly of the soft plastic and out. Arrange the plastic bait so that it is positioned straight on the hook shank and the nose of the bait is against the lead jig head.

Tips & Warnings

You may also want to consider combining a skirt and plastic lure to achieve different actions or presentations in the water.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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