How to Fish With a Jig Head

How to Fish With a Jig Head
It is hard to imagine a more capable lure than a jig head. Whether you want to fish in salt or freshwater, shallow or deep-water, there is a jig made that will catch fish in those areas. Jigs are made in many different styles and in every color imaginable. Every fisher should have a good selection of jigs in their tackle box. Learning how to use a jig head in different situations and conditions will increase your fishing success.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Jig head Bucktail jig Jig and pig
  • Jig head
  • Bucktail jig
  • Jig and pig
Step 1
Target largemouth bass by using a "jig and pig." Attach a pork rind tail to a weedless jig head. Fish this setup slowly on deep-water structure. Twitch the rod tip and reel slowly to imitate a crawfish.
Step 2
Use a bare jig head with different bodies. Thread a rubber or plastic grub or shrimp body on the jig head's hook. Cast this setup and let it sink to the bottom. Reel at a moderate rate while bouncing the jig off the bottom.
Step 3
Hook a live baitfish or shrimp to a bare jig head. This combination gives you the mobility of an artificial lure with the feel and smell of a live bait. Bounce the jig off the bottom by twitching the rod tip while retrieving at a slow to moderate pace.
Step 4
Jig in deep-water for reef fish like snapper and grouper. Use a larger bucktail jig on heavy tackle. Allow the jig to drop straight down from the boat till it contacts bottom. Without reeling, bounce the jig off the bottom until a fish strikes.
Step 5
Troll for schooling fish with a bucktail jig. The hair on the jig will move while trolling and will imitate a baitfish. Troll near schooling mackeral, bluefish or kingfish until a fish strikes.

Tips & Warnings

Wear a life vest when boating. Use caution when working with hooks.
Wear a life vest when boating.
Use caution when working with hooks.

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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