How to Set Up Fishing Jigs

How to Set Up Fishing JigsExperienced anglers know to pack their fishing gear while traveling, whether they are bound specifically for a fishing destination or just want to be ready for a chance encounter with a trout stream or a lake stocked with bass. Because it's not practical to bring a lot of gear, an angler will carry a limited assortment of the most versatile lures, including fishing jigs. Setting up a jig for fishing takes less than a minute.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Weighted jig heads
  • Soft plastic baits
  • Rod and reel spooled with line
Step 1
Check with tackle and bait shops in the areas you are visiting to find out what types of baitfish swim in the local waters. This will help with color selection when setting up your jigs.
Step 2
Hold a jig head by the weighted ball that contains the eye of the hook.
Step 3
Choose a soft plastic bait in a suitable color from your inventory and impale the head of the bait on the hook barb.
Step 4
Thread the bait along the hook until the hook point pops out of the plastic bait.
Step 5
Pull the hook out of the bait until the curved section is freely exposed, leaving the shank of the hook embedded in your bait.
Step 6
Turn the hook point around to face the soft plastic bait and push the barb into the soft plastic. This makes the jig weedless and much more difficult to snag while bottom fishing.
Step 7
Tie the jig directly to your main line or use a snap swivel, then cast into deep pools and around submerged structure, such as dead tree limbs.
Step 8
Allow the jig to settle to the bottom, but be ready for a strike on the descent. Fish will often hit a jig while it falls through the water.
Step 9
Retrieve the jig with irregular twitching of your rod tip.

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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