These jig fishing techniques will give you the edge when it comes to chasing your favorite predatory fish with jigs. Jigs are easy to fish, can be used in a variety of ways, and are an excellent choice for many different types of presentations that will catch practically any fish. So grab your favorite jig and take a look at these techniques which will help you become a better jig fisherman.
- Choose the right equipment. The first jig fishing technique to consider is using the right equipment to utilize your jigs’ potential at catching bigger and more fish. This starts with choosing a rod in which has a sensitive tip; which will allow you to get a better feel for your jig when you’re fishing it. Next, choose a reel that is both smooth and reliable. Having these qualities in your reel will allow you to fish your jig at a variety of speeds which will maximize both your success and comfort at fishing jigs. Finally, use a line which will withstand the vigor of jig fishing.
- Sharpen your hooks. The next technique for fishing jigs is a crucial tip that will allow you to not only catch more fish on jigs but ensure that the fish that you do hook on jigs stay pinned during the battle. Sharpening your hooks will allow you to penetrate a toothy critter’s mouth easier than you would had with dull hooks. Another advantage to sharpening your hooks is removing pesky rust from your jig’s hooks to give them a sleeker look that will prevent rust from adding damaging corrosion to your hook’s exterior.
- Know when to jig it. The final technique for jig fishing is knowing the appropriate times to fish a jig. Some of the best times to use a jig for any type of fish include fishing deeper water; especially when you’re concentrating on a species of fish that typically cruises the bottoms of rivers or lakes in search of food. While jigs can be used to fish shallower water, typically it’s easier to fish either a crankbait or a spinnerbait in this situation. If you do choose to use a jig in these situations, equip your jig with a large plastic grab that will give your jig added buoyancy or choose a jig that uses lighter weight with a heavier, more buoyant line.