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One of the most popular methods of fishing is called jigging, a method that is super versatile and easy to learn. A jig is a type of artificial lure used with a rod and a reel, and are designed to mimic injured baitfish or other aquatic wildlife. Unlike fishing with other lures or some type of bait, jigging is more physical and requires more activity from the angler in order to be successful. This means that jigging can be a great way to break up the monotony and target fish in a new and creative way.
Jigging can be a very successful form of fishing, but like all forms of fishing, without proper techniques and experience it will give you hit or miss results. One of the most important factors in jigging is identifying where fish are likely to be, and what they are likely to eat. This is why many fishermen struggle at first when starting out jigging as opposed to other forms of fishing. Identifying likely places where fish are is very important, and doing your homework beforehand can greatly increase your odds of success.
Once you have found a good place that holds fish, learning and using the proper techniques will help land a catch. After finding a school of fish, turn off your boat and drift back over the spot. Drop your jig and allow it to sink to the bottom. Once at the bottom, gently lift your rod tip up and down, allowing the jig to bounce up and down on the bottom of the water. Be ready to react to when a fish strikes your jig. Fish will usually either hit the jig on the drop or on the lift.
Another important factor in properly jigging is selecting the right size jig for the fish you are pursuing. One of the most important aspects is using the lightest jig possible to reach the bottom while still maintaining a vertical line, as well as fluttering down resembling a dying animal. The selling point of a jig is to look like an injured baitfish or other aquatic animal, which cannot be done if the wrong size is selected. The shape should also be considered. If you are in deep water or fast current, try using a jig with a narrower profile. In shallower water, a jig with a wider profile will “flutter” down to the bottom better. Some jigs are even made of soft, bendable material. Giving your jig a slight bend will help it flutter down to the bottom as well.
Jigging is a very proactive form of fishing that many fishermen around the world enjoy. While it can be difficult at first, with a little practice it can be very addicting and the challenge can be very fun. But by using the right equipment and learning a few of the right techniques, you can cut the learning curve down and start catching fish. So get out there and try jigging, you may just catch the fish of a lifetime.