How to Use a Fishing Jig

How to Use a Fishing Jig
The jig comes in just about every color and weight imaginable. It can come with fur and feathers, rubber legs and big bright lips. It is available for every fresh and saltwater fish that swims and should be in every fisherman's tackle bag. Some folks don't like using a jig because they have to produce the action to make it look alive and they think it is difficult to do. Here are a couple correct ways to fish them.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Jigging From a Boat

Things You’ll Need:
  • Jig Fishing rod
  • Jig
  • Fishing rod
Step 1
Choose a jig with the weight desired for the depth and current in your area.
Step 2
Begin by tying the jig on with a Rapala knot. This knot when tied properly, will not snug up to the jig's eye allowing it to swim with a more natural presentation. Animated instruction on this knot can be found in detail by going to the link below.
Step 3
Throw the bait over the side of the boat in deep water and let it fall free spool to the bottom. If you are in a drifting boat, make sure that you throw over on the down current side so the jig doesn't go under the boat while fishing it.
Step 4
Wind the jig up a few turns on the reel handle after you feel the bottom. Start pumping the rod tip up almost like setting the hook on a fish, then let the rod tip down rather quickly and repeat.
Step 5
Do this over and over trying to keep the jig in the so called strike zone right above the bottom, as the boat drifts over new territory and hopefully new fish.

Jigging From a Stationary Object

Step 1
Follow Steps 1 and 2 above. Now throw the jig as far as you can out into the water.
Step 2
Wind the jig in with a pumping action, pumping up and winding down the whole time you are retrieving the jig. As the jig jumps up or is pulled so to speak it looks like fleeing prey to a predatory fish, then as it falls on the down stroke of the rod the bait looks like it is weak or resting and most of the time the strike will occur then.
Step 3
Feel the line at all times with the rod tip. In other words, don't let any slack get in the line or you will not feel the strike.

Tips & Warnings

 
Choose a jig with enough weight to sink about 10 feet in a four-second count. Pick dark colors on dark cloudy days and light colors on bright days.
 
Choose a jig with enough weight to sink about 10 feet in a four-second count.
 
Pick dark colors on dark cloudy days and light colors on bright days.
 
If you snag bottom while drifting on a boat, you can sometimes motor up current and it will pull free.

Article Written By Dennis Seabright

Denny Seabright has been writing for Trails.com since Nov. of 2008 with most articles being in the "How to" category. Graduating from James Wood High school in 1976 and going straight into the work force left little room for formal education but writing has always been dear to his heart.

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