Many anglers consider jig fishing for bass to be an art, but the number of fishers out there who have not yet taken advantage of learning to fish with a jig is more than you might realize. Understanding the benefits of using a jig is one thing, but knowing how to fish one properly is another. From my own experience, I have compiled the top three tactics I use to ensure that each time I hit the water with a jig, I leave with a good catch. So, what are these three tips that can help you be a better angler with a jig? Let’s take a look.
If you are new to jig fishing, I should preface this with how crucial it is to pay attention to detail. One way that you can maximize your experience with a jig is to experiment with color combinations. Perhaps a black and blue combo will always be “old faithful” for many anglers, but there is actually a method to suitably selecting color combinations to improve your catch. After playing around with color combinations and doing some research, I found that there are several key points to consider.
When selecting color combinations the first thing to consider is the body of water you are fishing. Now, each specific body of water is different, so you can make adjustments to find what works best for that location. It is also helpful if you consider the types of prey that bass feed on in the body of water you are fishing. From bluegill to shad, there are color combinations that will increase your strike rate. You want to focus on colors that mimic the typical meal your large or smallmouth bass is conditioned to seeing. The more lifelike your jig, the more likely you are to catch the big one!
Watch Your Line and Jig When Fishing for Bass
As I mentioned previously, success with a jig fishing for bass is in the details. You would be surprised how often a bass will hit your line without you ever knowing! It would be a shame for you to miss the biggest bass of the bunch because you just didn’t feel the bite. Watch your line! I can not stress how important this is when it comes to jig fishing or any other deep bottom fishing for that matter. Anytime you cast your jig, watch it fall all the way down. Bass often see “prey” falling helplessly and bite your jig on the fall. You will notice your line jerk a bit at the water’s surface if you are paying close attention. If not, you could lose a fish.
Select the Proper Trailer
When it comes to selecting the proper trailer for your jig, you will want to consider the time of year and temperature of the water. For most places throughout the United States, the earlier part of the year is colder, meaning that there is hardly anything going on beneath the water’s surface. During the colder months, you should be sure to keep your jig steady, with little to no motion. A minimal action trailer is more appropriate to attract a good catch in colder water.
As Spring turns into Summer, the waters will warm, and you will want to adjust your speed and trailer accordingly. Bass and other fish will come out of their sluggish slumber and will be ready to move a little faster for their next meal. Not to mention that with the proper trailer, speed, and jig color combination, you are sure to match the mood of your next catch throughout the year.
While these tactics developed from my own personal experience have proven quite successful for me, you will undoubtedly want to try out your own techniques, color combinations, and trailer types to fit your personal style and preferences. Experimenting with your jig will make you an overall better angler, and you may even discover other great ways to improve your game. Follow the tips here the next time you’re jig fishing for bass and watch your catch rate improve.