How to Make a Bass Fishing Jig
Bass anglers knowing that throwing a jig to into a deep pool is as likely to land a monster as any lure in their tackle box. Fishing jigs are an essential part of an angler's arsenal, especially when fishing deep lakes and during the summer months when bass retreat to the cooler depths. Making jigs is a relaxing way to spend the off season while thinking about that next great outing on the water.
Things You’ll Need:
- Weighted jig heads of various sizes
- Colored feathers and thread
- Rigid silicon strands, 3 inches long
- Soft plastic baits
- Lure wire
- Spinner blades
- split rings
- vise clamped to a workbench
- needle-nose pliers
- acrylic paints
- modelling brush
Clamp a weighted jighead in your vise near the curved hook so the weight is upright.
Hold several colored feathers against the neck behind the jig head using tweezers.
Wrap colored thread tight around the neck behind the weight, then make six to 10 wrappings over the edge of the feathers.
Loop the thread over the jig head, run the thread through the loop in an overhand knot and tie it off, clipping with scissors close to the knot.
Place a drop of superglue on the knot.
Trim and shape the feathers with scissors, tapering the feathers toward the tail.
Turn the jig upside down and re-clamp it in the vise so the barbed hook is curled upward.
Hold two pieces of rigid silicon rubber (about 1/8 inch thick) against the underside of the jighead against the neck behind the round weight.
Tie the silicon strands to the jig head with 6 to 10 windings of thread. Tie off and add a drop of glue.
Clip the silicon rubber with scissors so it extends just above the point of the jig hook. The rubber strands will act as a weed guard to reduce snags and lost lures.
Paint small eyes on both sides of the jig head -- allow a drop of white paint to dry, then add a smaller drop of black paint to the center for a pupil. Eyes and lure color are critical to the success of your jig.
Cut an 8-inch length of lure wire and twist to form a 1/4-inch loop in the middle. Twist the wire a second time around the loop for added strength.
Clip the ends of the wire to reduce the length to about 6 inches.
Bend the wire to form 1/4-inch loops on both ends, twisting the wire around the loop a second time for strength before clipping the ends.
Attach split rings to all three loops in the wire.
Attach a spinner blade through the pre-drilled hole to a split ring on one side of the wire.
Attach the jig head to the other end of the wire using the split ring.
Bend the wire gently to a 45-degree angle so the middle loop is the top point in a triangle with the jig and the spinner blade as the other two points.
Attach your line to the split ring in the center loop of your jig. During retrieval, the spinner blade will flash and cause turbulence in the water, serving as an added attraction to your jig.
Use soft plastic baits on bare jig heads by threading the bait up through the hook so the barb exits near the back of the lure.
Repeat steps 12 through 18 to create a wire with a spinner blade for your soft plastic jig.
Tips & Warnings
Use smaller jigheads for making spring lures, switching to larger weighted jigheads for fall use. The fish will be bigger in the fall than in the springtime, as will their baitfish food supply, so you want to use lures that match the prevailing fishing conditions.
Article Written By James Clark
James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.
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