Best Types of Fishing Bass Jigs
The art of Best Types for jig fishing bass , The best jig fisherman are those that are always aware of what their jig is doing and how it relates to the bottom and surrounding cover. There’s so much going on under the water we don’t see, all while maintaining an appealing presentation to bass. You want the jig to be heavy enough to get through the cover but light enough to have a natural looking sink rate that will make the jig give off good action. There are jigs designed to be better at targeting certain areas than others, that’s why selecting the right style jig for the conditions and cover your fishing gives you an advantage. The biggest difference between jigs is in the head, the shape of it and the weight of it. But before weight, you first choose the style that best fits the areas you’re looking to target. Before you select a jig, you should consider choosing a lead-free jig. Most bass jigs are made of lead, and believe it or not illegal in most states. Lead causes harm to aquatic life,
There are different style jig heads specifically designed for fishing certain techniques and certain areas. Basically, what makes one jig head different from another is the shape, the weight, and the location of the eyelet. These three details make all the difference in how the jig sinks, how it moves on the bottom and through the water, and how easily it gets through cover.
Thousands of jig heads have been designed over the years, but there are a handful of categories that they fall under. Here are the four most popular jig head styles:
1. Arkie Jig Head
This is the most commonly used jig head style, and the one you’re probably most familiar with. It’s your “middle of the road” jig, and is flexible enough for most jig fishing scenarios. If you’re just starting out or only going to own one jig, then this is the style you want.
Arkie heads are the ideal jigs for skipping under docks and low hanging trees. They are the perfect choice if you’re going to be jigging in a bunch of different areas with different cover. But if you’re fishing a specific type of cover or area all day, you’ll want to choose a head that is specifically designed for those conditions.
2. Football Jig Head
These heads are, you guessed it, shaped like a football. They make the jig wobble as they fall, as well as while they are being dragged across the bottom. The eyelet is up higher on the head so when you pull the line the tail end of the jig kicks up.
They have better balance and give a better presentation on the bottom than other heads. Football heads are the best jig head for fishing rocky bottoms, but their wide head makes them not great for getting through most other cover like thickly weeded areas.
3. Swim Jig Head
This is the ideal head for swimming a jig horizontally through the water column. The head has a sharp pointy head that will cut through the grass much easier than other rounded heads. You’ll also notice that the eyelet is directly at the tip of the head so that there is no surface area to get hung up on weeds.
Unlike other jigs which are mostly designed to mimic a crayfish, these jigs are made to look like a swimming baitfish. You never stop reeling these to keep them swimming and from sinking to the bottom, but while you’re reeling you give a your rod a light jigging action to make the bait go up and down as it swims.
4. Punching Jig Head
Punching a jig is a very effective jig fishing technique, which we expand on further down this page. These punching jigs make this style of fishing much easier. They are made up of a bullet shaped head that is designed for plunging through thick matted weeds.
They’re typically on the heavy side so they can plunge and cut through anything in their way. You can get away with punching an arkie head jig but these heads just do the job better. If your punching through thick cover all day then this is the best jig head.
My choice of rod for jig fishing is a Dobyns Savvy Series 766 Flip. This rod was designed for jig fishing and heavy bass. It does an excellent job of handling big fish and allows you to wench ‘em out of heavy cover — exactly the places you should be throwing a jig!
I also recommend you throw your jigs on braid. In the past, I used fluorocarbon with my jigs, and I found myself breaking a lot of them off. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t like losing nice baits, especially those that have caught big bass in the past.
For my jig fishing setup, I use a minimum 50-pound Power Pro braided line; 65 pound if you are flipping around heavy wood all day or punching heavy vegetation. Heavy braid will not stretch, so when you crack down on a bass you’ll get maximum hook penetration.
Using a high gear ratio is recommended for jig fishing, also. Try using a 7:1 gear ratio reel for throwing jigs. With a faster gear rated reel, you are able to pick up a lot of line quicker in case a bass hits the jig on the fall.
Also, flipping into heavy cover requires a lot of work and having a fast gear rated reel allows you to make dozens of flips in shorter amounts of time by allowing your line to be picked up quicker.
By incorporating these tips into your fishing habits, you will start to become a better jig fisherman, reaping the rewards for years to come.