Jig Fishing Basics

Jigs can be the most effective year round baits out there. However there are so many different styles of jigs. We will help you identify the different types of jigs and how to fish them effectively in today’s post.



Football Head Jig- a football head jig is one of the most popular jig types out there. The key technique with this set up is to drag it across the bottom. Whether you are going shallow or going deep, this technique will catch you fish. The only downside is that you don’t want to fish this in grass the bulky head will get caught up pretty easily in the grass….that’s where the next jigs comes in handy…


Finesse Jig- Finesse jigs usually are a Jack-of-all-trades type of jig. You can swim or drag them slowing along the bottom, they also can be flipped and pitched. The difference between finesse jigs and other jigs is their size. Finesse jigs are often smaller, not to only keep the profile smaller, but also because you generally want a slower fall rate.They’re designed to be fished slow. The idea is to get a lethargic fish into eating an easy bite-size meal.


Swim Jig- swim jig fishing is fast and the fish are full of energy when you hook and fight them to the boat or shore. A lot of anglers swim a jig with braid. I like to use a medium-heavy to heavy action 7-foot rod. You want fish targets like cuts and corners in the grass, stumps, laydowns, etc. A high speed reel is a must. A lot of anglers will tell you to use a lighter jig and reel the jig slowly through the grass. That goes against the grain of what many have found that makes a swim jig so effective.


Bladed Jig- also known as a chatterbait, can be a super effective method, especially in murky water. First of all, finding where to cast is incredibly important. What I like to do is start casting to the side and start fanning out across until you start to see some action. Secondly it’s important to remember that chatterbaits have a lot of action, and that a slow and steady retrieve often does better than just doing the yo-yo technique. If you find yourself hitting the top of grass be sure to pop the chatterbait out, bass will head to the movement coming out of the weeds and most of the time you’ll get a bite off this.


Flipping Jig- You can pitch or flip docks, grass, wood, lay-downs, or other types of cover that you feel are not easy to cast to. The advantage to these types of techniques is you can make a quiet presentation with extreme accuracy. Twitch your rod a few times, pick it back up, and repeat. This can be a monotonous method but can be very effective.


Make sure to get your jig to stand out more and add different trailers to them. Match the trailer with the color of the jig head or skirt for effective results. Try and read the weather, for colder weather the fish will be less active so you’ll want to go a little slower with your retrieve just like any other lure. Jigs are one of the best year round baits out there. Keep practicing with them and I guarantee you will land more fish. For information on which colors to use check out our post Bait Color Basics!


Tight lines!