What You Should Know About Bass Jigs
By: Frank Sargeant
A brief intro to the rapidly expanding world of bass jigs
Jigs can be fished anywhere from right on the surface to as deep as you’d care to go – it all depends on the weight, the design, and how fast they’re worked. Here’s a look at some of the variations that might help your fishing on Florida waters:
Swimjigs are the least jig-like of bassing jigs. They typically weigh less – 3/16 to 5/16 ounce – and have flat or semi-vee bottoms, sort of like a bass boat, which helps them to plane across the surface when desired, and to glide along at mid-depths. Those with line ties on the very front of the head are designed for surface operation and for “skipping,” which is sidearming them to skitter under docks and overhanging trees, a deadly tactic on bright days. These lures can be skittered over thin weeds and lily pads without hanging up, and make a great post-spawn offering when the fish are still up shallow.
Those with line ties on the top are more often used to swim a jig at 1 to 3 feet, stitching it in and out over submerged eel grass or hydrilla, and some are made as heavy as 1/2 ounce.
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