Jigs and How to Fish Them
From: Bass Techniques Magazine
Bass Fishermen have traditionally regarded jigs as ?expert lures?. But as BASS pros Chad and Denny Brauer know, jigs can be mastered by anyone with a little practice. Here, the Brauers share their jig fishing secrets.
Where and When to Fish Jigs
During Cold Fronts. Jigs are usually the best lures for frontal conditions. When skiers are clear and the temperature drops, bass will hold tight to cover and become inactive. They usually
won't move out of their holding station to strike a fast moving bait, but they are still catchable with an accurate jig presentation.
Flipping is the best technique for presenting a jig to a bass that is tight to cover. Pitching is a useful approach any time the angler wants to present the bait tight but from a further distance away from the target.
Jig color can make a difference. Most pros prefer dark, natural colors in cold or cool water such as black/blue, pumpkinseed, watermelon, and black/brown. ?Shock? colors such as chartreuse, and bubble gum can make the jig more visible in muddy water and may trigger strikes from sluggish bass. In warm water, while shad are active, white can be highly effective. The presentation can be fine tuned by either matching or contrasting jig trailer colors with jig colors.
A jig should be fished with a sensitive rod capable of delivering a strong hook set. For flipping and pitching, use a bait casting reel with at least 14lb test line. For casting, a medium to medium-heavy rod with 12-14 lb test should be sufficient. Light hair jigs can be fished on spinning tackle.
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