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Water Jig Fishing
By Gregg Kizewski
have never been totally happy with my performance when using a
Carolina rig. I have tried an immense variety of lines on both the
main line as well as the leader. I experimented with leader lengths,
sinker weights, a multitude of different plastics and even hooks. In
the end I always was left with the impression that there was many more
fish down there than I was catching, or even feeling! Hence if a
person were to ask me if the Carolina rig was one of my confidence
baits, the answer would be a resounding no.
a rod or 2 with Carolina rigs can always be found in my rod locker, I
will throw a jig at off shore structure 9 times out of 10.
deep inside or outside turns, a creek channel, deep wood, or tight
contour lines adjacent to an expansive flat, more often than not my
weapon of choice is a 7/8 ounce Brovarney
swim jig in either “Gil” or “Blue Devil” colors. Typically I
will start the presentation using a 5” Yamamoto grub in color # 157,
which is smoke/black/purple fleck. I always super glue the grub to the
jig and dip the last 3/8” or so of the tail in chartreuse
“Spike-it”. If I am marking suspended fish I will rig the grub
tail down, where as if the fish are tight to the bottom I will rig the
grub tail up – the latter is the only time I EVER rig a grub tail
If you are
fishing for bass suspended within 3 feet of the bottom, use long casts
and let the jig fall on a tight line (always be prepared for a hit on
the fall) – when the line develops slack, you are on the bottom. At
this point sweep the rod tip up at a 45-degree angle rather sharply to
“twitch” the jig off the bottom, then immediately begin a steady
retrieve and position your rod parallel to the water. This will keep
the in the water column within a few feet of the bottom. You are in
essence swimming the jig in deep water.
you are marking fish suspended more than 3 feet off the bottom, simply
make a long cast and count the jig down upon its water entry. A
7/8-ounce jig with a 5” grub will fall at a rate of approximately
18” per second. When you count the jig down to the depth that the
fish you are marking on your depth finder are at, begin your retrieve.
You will bring your jig right through the strike zone.
For fish that
are clinging tight to the bottom, once again make a long cast and when
the jig hits the bottom pick up your slack with the reel. When the
line is once again tight, move the jig only with your rod tip. This
method is basically dragging the jig – pause, pick up slack with the
reel and repeat the process. It always amazes me how many people will
only fish a jig by “hopping” it. How many creatures in the natural
environment of a lake or river will swim up then straight back down.
If you watch a crawfish or any baitfish they swim or scoot
horizontally. The dragging presentation is much more convincing to the
feel anything “different”, set the hook! Often though, it will
feel like the bass is pecking at it, similar to a bluegill bite.
Jig's and Jig Heads often
produce larger fish
Rock or Sand Points:
When I fish
these types of points I use the same tactics as noted above if the
fish are suspended. If the fish are tight to the bottom however, my
choice of jig changes. I like to use a ¾ ounce to 1-ounce football
head jig from Red Cedar Lures or a Moynagh rock jig from All
Terrain Tackle. The trailer I use will typically be a 5” twin
tail grub, Chomper’s grub, or a spider grub. A good choice of color
would be green pumpkin, craw shades, or purple goby. This jig is also
dragged along the bottom by using the rod tip.
good choice of jigs if the bottom is sand is the “Title Shot” jig
by Fin-tech Tackle Company. It is another jig that has a premium hook
and is weedless when rigged.
If you feel there is more fish on deep-water structure than you are
catching with a Carolina rig or a crankbait, try a jig. You can
quickly and easily adjust depths, trailer colors and retrieves. It may
become your new way to pluck more fish off the structure you have been