How to Fish With a Pig & Jig

How to Fish With a Pig & JigThe pig and jig is a classic largemouth bass lure. A versatile artificial lure that can be used just about anywhere, the pig and jig is at home in hydrilla-choked shorelines or deep-water channels. The phrase "pig and jig" refers to a jig that has a pork rind chunk attached to the hook. Combined together, this lure resembles a crawdad as it scoots backward along the bottom. Because of the upturned hook and the weedless whiskers on the jig, this combo can be cast just about anywhere without getting snagged.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to Fish With a Pig & Jig

Things You’ll Need:
  • baitcasting rod and reel
  • pig and jig
Step 1
Locate deep-water channels, rock ledges or stumps. Any habitat where bait congregates or has good cover will attract bass. Use a fish finder coupled with maps or local information to find these areas.
Step 2
Tie on a relatively heavy pig and jig. Jigs in the 1/2- to 1-ounce range work well for this deep-water habitat. A good color choices for this style of fishing is a brown or black combination.
Step 3
Cast and let the pig and jig sink to the bottom. When you feel the jig hit the bottom, twitch the rod tip and let the pig and jig hop up and sink back down. Imagine a crawdad scooting across the bottom and try to mimic that motion.
Step 4
Work the pig and jig slowly along the bottom. The weight of the jig will let you walk it up and over any structure you might find. With experience, an angler will be able to get a good idea of what the bottom looks like from using the pig and jig.
Step 5
Be alert for strikes at all times. Although some fish might strike the pig and jig aggressively, many fish will not. Monitor your line constantly for any movement that might indicate a fish has taken your lure. Set the hook if you feel a weight on your line or detect movement.

Tips & Warnings

Use caution when working with hooks
Wear flotation devices when on the water


Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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