Fishing with Bass Jigs

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bass-jigsBass jigs are another type of jig.  They aren’t usually referred to as “Bass Jigs,” but we decided to refer to them as that because there are so many different types of jigs. These jigs are very effective and they catch bass in almost every situation.  You can fish them deep, shallow, around cover and even along drop-offs in open water.  Bass jigs were made for bass, but they work extremely well for northern pike also.  They are usually tipped with a trailer, plastic crayfish, or a pork rind.  You’ve probably heard of fishing a jig and pig.  It is called this because pork rinds are very common trailers for a bass jig.

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Best Bass Jigs

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Bass Jigs are usually fished with a baitcaster with heavier line and a heavier rod.  17 to 30 pound test line is the norm, although, you may go lighter or heavier depending on the situation.

Popular Techniques for Fishing with Bass Jigs

  • Dragging along the bottom
  • Flipping and pitching around cover
  • Hopping along the bottom
  • Swimming jigs

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finesse-bass-jigsFinesse Jigs are smaller and lighter bass jigs.  They are seen more as an action bait for largemouth bass or for smallmouth bass.  At times, the bite can be tough and a smaller offering may do the trick to get you more quality bites.  Finesse jigs are great, but expect to catch a lot of smaller bass when targeting largemouth with these smaller jigs.  Big smallmouth bass love these finesse-sized jigs and you don’t have to go bigger to catch big smallies.

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football-head-bass-jigsFootball Jigs have a football-shaped head and many anglers like to use these jigs to drag them along the bottom.  Anglers usually fish these in deeper water and they target largemouth bass and smallmouth bass with a slow and steady dragging retrive along the bottom.

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pro-model-bass-jigsPro Model Jigs are the style that most pros use on a consistent basis.  When looking for a jig, you can’t go wrong with manufacturer’s pro style bass jig.  Flip it, pitch it, drag it or swim it and you will catch plenty of fish with it.

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rattling-bass-jigsRattling Jigs are great for attracting more fish to your lure.  Many of today’s best bass jigs with have a rattle attached.  Rattles work and we highly recommend using them on your bass jigs.

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swim-bass-jigSwimming Jigs are made to swim through the water column better.  You can do very well targeting largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike while swimming a jig.  Add a trailer with a swimming action and you will have more success with a swimming jig.

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Bass Jigs for a Variety of Fish Species
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largemouth bass pic   smallmouth bass pic   northern pike pic

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