Part two of our fishing technique series is all about jigging, a versatile style used in both freshwater and saltwater fishing. So let’s get to it!
Jigging is the practice of fishing with a jig, a type of fishing lure that consists of a lead sinker with a hook molded into it, typically covered by a soft body to attract fish. Jigs are intended to create a jerky, vertical motion, as opposed to spinnerbaits which move through the water horizontally. Because of the lure’s attraction to many species of fish, this type of lure is very popular amongst anglers. “Jiggers” have the most success by using a rod that quickly feels a strike allowing the jigger to stay in contact with the lure and get it to where the fish are (typically found on or near the bottom).
The Anatomy of a Jig
Head: Jig heads come in many different shapes, colors, and also vary in individual features. The most common shape is round, but other popular shapes include fish head shaped or coned shaped. Head weights vary, ranging from 1/80th of an ounce to nearly a pound for large saltwater bottomfish.
Hook: Vary in hook type, color, angle of the hook or the material of the hook.
Body: Typically made from rubber or silicone and come in many shapes and sizes. Artificial jigs often resemble a grub, frog, fish, paddle tail, lizard, insects, and local prey. Colors range from bright yellow to a transparent brown with silver and red flakes and can be seasonal (best colors to use during summer months include browns or blue with black hair). Live bait such as minnows, leeches, night crawlers can also be used as jig bodies. Although not as common, jigs are sometimes constructed of a Chenille wrap on the hook shaft, feather hackle, hairs or other fur, marabou, and Flashabou.