For a long time I stayed away from jig fishing for bass. I’m not really sure why but it seems that a lot of people are hesitant to learn this method of fishing. I didn’t feel that it was a huge change from my favorite Texas rig so I just stuck with what was comfortable.
This probably cost me a lot of quality fish over the years.
A jig is extremely versatile and can be used in virtually any conditions. Want to pound the banks and throw it into the nasty stuff? No problem, the jigs weedless nature allows you to attack thick cover without fear. Just make sure you use a heavy enough rod to pull the fish out.
Are the fish holding deep? Use a 1/2-3/4 oz. football jig and attack ledges, points, and deep structure.
Some of my favorite jigs are the Strike King Tour Grade Jigs
I like to use a Strike King Rage Craw for a trailer.
My favorite colors are black/blue and green pumpkin. These can be used in most conditions and usually when one color isn’t getting the bite the other color will.
Check out this video where KVD explains some additional ways to fish the jig that can be extremely effective.
Overall the jig can be an extremely effective bait for putting quality fish in your boat in a variety of conditions. If you are able to match your bait to the conditions and feeding patterns there is no doubt that you will have some fun on the water.
If you haven’t yet, give the jig a try.
Start out with a 1/4 or 3/8 oz. jig and fish it just like you would a Texas rig. If you aren’t already I think you will become a believer in no time!