How To Use a Fishing Jig

Fishing may be frustrating when you pack up at the end of the day with nothing in your pouch. Here is one tip: according to fishing aficionados, using fishing jigs will guarantee sure catch. Jigs are available in various sizes and shapes and are very effective in attracting fish. They can be used in all types of water – freshwater, saltwater, shallow or deep lakes. The reason why jigs help you get a good catch is because of its skirt design in which several metal and rubber foils are bound together. Jig skirts can hook even big fishes such as mackerel and tuna because they are relatively large and strong. If you want to learn more about using a fishing jig, read these tips:

  • Get ready with your fishing paraphernalia. To experience a true fishing adventure, make sure you are geared up by preparing these things: rod and reel, frozen bait, jig skirts and bodies and jigs of various types.
  • Make sure the fishing jig is clean. Wash them and remove the residues from your previous fishing expedition. What you do not like is to have rotten baits left on the jigs as they might emit foul smell, which the fish might reject. Remove the old rubber band too and replace it with a new one so you are sure it is sturdy and will not easily snap out.
  • Take out a new jig skirt and mount the bait. Wrap a new rubber retaining band on the skirt by attaching them together single way, or in one line.
  • Attach the jig skirt to the point and hook. Do this by slipping the skirt on the point of the hook until you are certain it has gone beyond the spike. You have to take care as you do this because the spike can cut your skin. Check if the rubber strip and the hook do not interweave before proceeding to the next step.
  • Bend the jig skirt to adjust position. Turn and twist the jig skirt about the stem of the hook to secure it further. Glide the rubber on the jig and wind it around in such a way that the band and the jig are on top of the bait.
  • Throw the fishing jig into the water and allow it to go deep. If the jig does not sink in one throw, recoil the rod and cast the jig again. Sit still and try to sense if a fish is going for the jig. You will feel if the jig has lured a catch if the rod is jerking and gets heavier. In this case, do not be excited at once and keep motionless for a moment yet until such time you are sure there is indeed a catch.
  • Place more baits on the jig to lure more fish. If, for a while you have not yielded a catch, try to increase your fishing jig by adding baits and plastic items such as toys. You can use live worms as well and other items (preferably scented) that can catch attention from fish.

Observe usual fish behavior on every fishing trip. In time, you will learn more about the attitude of fish – what color they prefer and what kind of baits they like more. Try to take note of these things so the next time you use your fishing jig, you know exactly what strategy to use. So, go fishing now and have fun!


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