Jigging is the practice of fishing with a jig, a type of fishing lure. A jig consists of a lead sinker with a hook molded into it and usually covered by a soft body to attract fish. Jigs are intended to create a jerky, vertical motion, as opposed to spinnerbaits which move through the water horizontally. The jig is very versatile and can be used in both salt and fresh water. Many species are attracted to the lure which has made it popular among anglers for years.
Fisherman jigging with a big fish from his boat
For successful jigging, the jigger needs to use a rod which is good for feeling a strike, and needs to stay in contact with the lure and get it to where the fish are. Most fish caught by jigs are on or near the bottom
Ideally rigged with a single or double assist hook, the Jig is available in sizes 10g, 20g, 30g, 40g, 50g, 60g, 80g, 100g, 120g, 150g, 200g, 250g, 300g, 350g, 400g, 450g, 500g
Enjoy the experience of explosive, bone jarring strikes and white knuckle combat that deep water jigging has to offer. Its high octane stuff! Your jig has to imitate a wounded or fleeing baitfish. A smooth constant jigging action is required . Drop the jig past the fish, engage the reel then either tuck the rod butt under your arm or into your bucket. The rod is used to move the jig, the reel is used to wind up slack line. Rip up the rod and wind down to retrieve the line.
Once you've got the timing right, the technique will become second nature and you will be able to pick up the pace. Use this simple calculation when deciding what jig to use: Three or four times the depth in grams is advised depending on the current. For example in 100m of water use 300-400gram jigs. In 50m use 150-200 gram jigs.