|Let the Jiggin begin....
The Jig Masters top five priorities when
right jigs for a great day.
Know Your Target: Be as clear as you can about what species your fishing
for. How do they feed, when and on what? Are they hit and run merchants that hide in
amongst snags logs etc.
Best baits/lures: Then think about what to present to these fish. Bait
choice, color and methods of presentation is really important. Rule of thumb is dark
water, dark baits or lures.
Techniques: What head weights will work best? Do I want my jig to sink
fast, medium or slow? Or should my lure have a slow or fast action on retrieve? Is my line
suited to the type of jig or lure I am using? Above all apply the KIS principle.
"Keep It Simple" and focus on what is going to entice that fish to strike.
Angling Environment/Conditions: What do I know about the place I am
fishing? Deep holes, lots of snags, fish rising in late afternoons, best on a making tide?
Or it could be that fish go deep in cooler weather. Local knowledge is usually the key and
if your not sure, see if someone will tell you a bit more.
Versatility/Learning: Keeping all the above in mind never be afraid to
try something different even if others think your nuts! Rarely does only just one
technique raise a scale on any given day. If your trolling and not much is happening then
stop and vertical jig over, or near, some bottom structure etc.
Last and not least, you have to think like that fish! That's right. If you were that fish
where would you be in that lake, inshore channel, or outwide on the type of day you are
All the above takes time to bring together along with practice. It's not a perfect recipe
because there isn't one. It simply helps to stay focused and increase your chances of
landing just the fish you want. It can also take some frustration out of angling as well.
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