The Best Jig Fishing Tips (Because They Work!) | Bass Fishing

Keri: Hey folks, Keri May here with BassResource. com. We’re talking to Skeet Reese. I actually got this angler’s name right, finally. It’s been taking me a while, trust me. And we’re gonna ask him his best three tips
for jig fishing. Skeet Reese: Best three tips for jig fishing. One, I’ve just learned and I’ve gotten this
year is a Berkley Maxscent Meaty Chunk JigTrailer, fish don’t let go of it, so that
helps you land a lot more fish. Fishing slow is probably one of the most important
tips. And fishing a fluorocarbon, which I use a
Trilene Fluorocarbon to be able to keep yourjig in the bottom and get better sensitivity
and better hook sets. Keri: Brandon is gonna tell us his top three
tips for jig fishing. Brandon Palaniuk: Okay, for jig fishing, my
first one is gonna be applying the right jigto the style of fishing you’re doing. And what I mean by that is if you’re fishing
offshore, you don’t wanna be throwing a biggiant flipping jig, you wanna be throwing
a football style or some type of finesse jigthat matches those conditions. And then, vice versa, when you go shallow,
if you’re fishing around shallow cover, youwanna make sure that you’ve got a jig that’s
got a little bit more of a stout weedguard,a little bit bigger hook that you can get
those fish out of the heavy cover and thenyou’re gonna match the rest of your tackle
to that, so that would be my first tip. Number two would have to be about colors,
but I’m not gonna go into that much becauseI believe we’re gonna talk about that a little
bit later. Keri: We’re gonna talk about color. Bren: So I’m not gonna go into all of the
colors. And then, I think, my next tip would probably
be the weight size and adjusting your weightfor different conditions. And just general rule of thumb, early in the
spring, I like to go with lighter weights. The fish are moving a little bit slower, gives
you a slower fall, and then, as the waterwarms up, I’ll go with a little bit heavier
jig, three-quarter, one ounce, a little bitfaster fall, more of a reaction strike. Ott DeFoe: Top three tips for jig fishing. Number one is keep it simple. Keri: I like that one. Ott DeFoe: I use no more than three sizes. I use a three-eights, a half and a three-quarter. That’s pretty much what I use. And I will use a three-quarter more than a
lot of guys do. I even flip it on shallow water, that kind
of stuff. So, you know, I use a heavy jig sometimes. For me, I’m flipping in there, I wanna get
it to the bottom. I wanna get it there pretty quick a lot of
the time, so it kinda creates a reaction byusing a heavy jig. I only carry about six colors. That’s a part of the keep it simple, you know,
don’t have a whole bunch of different crazycolors for jig fishing. I don’t feel like you need them. And the third one would be, you know, just
to use it nearly every day you go. I think last year on the Elite Series, I weighed
the end fish on a jig in every tournamentexcept one. Keri: Wow. Ott DeFoe: So I think throughout the whole
year in every tournament there was at leastone fish, and a lot of tournaments there were
a lot more than one. I think Lake St. Clair was the only place
I didn’t weigh in a fish on a jig. Keri: Well, that’s saying something for the
jig, really. Ott DeFoe: Yeah, yeah, very versitile. Edwin Evers: Jig fishing?You know, the biggest thing I can tell you
in jig fishing is it’s one of those baitsthat always needs to be tied on. You know, a lot of people think of a jig as
it only relates to a crawfish, but a jig isa great bluegill imitator. It’s also a great shad imitator all by change
in the skirt color. And there’s just, you know, a couple of things
to keep in mind. You know, if you’re fishing it on the bottom,
I always like to try to be sure you drag. . . likea football jig, drag your rod sideways. That’s gonna keep better contact with the
bottom. Fluorocarbon is a must when I’m in that situation. You know, because fluorocarbon is a very dense
line. You have a direct pull with the jig. If you’re using monofilament, it’s more buoyant,
you’re not gonna have near as good hook setor the feel braid. You don’t have any stretch. It’s not the right line. But then when I change that jig over to swimming
it, favorite technique, you know, and a lotof people don’t realize it,
interchangeable. Just really a great technique, imitates a
bluegill, especially this time a year aroundthis pond, that’s when I change it over to
braid. A lot of times I’m swimming it around really
heavy cover, making a long cast, and you don’twant any of that stretch, you know, so you
get a really good hook set. But, you know, those are my tips for jig fishing. It’s one of the best time-tested baits that
there ever was. Keri: Very true, very true. And great tips. Thank you so much. Jacob Wheeler: You know, jig fishing is. . . it’s
one of those things that everybody has theiropinion on things. You know, for me, I would say number one with
a jig is when you make that cast, make sureit’s falling on a slackline. When you have your line and you can pitch
out there, a lot of people just click theirreel over and that jig will pendulum back,
pendulum back. And that’s one thing, if it’s a slackline,
it’s gonna fall real vertical, and a lot oftimes I get my bites on the fall. Another thing, inline line tie. Now for me, personally, that’s something that
I like. I feel I can get through the cover a little
bit better and. Last but not least, make sure you have a stiff
weed guard, especially fishing in heavy cover. If your jig is getting stuck all the time,
you’re not going to catch the bass. So that’s something that I would definitely
have to recommend. Keri: Top three tips for jig fishing. Brent Ehrler: Jig fishing, top three tips. Trailers are a big deal with jigs. To me, there’s two styles. One has a lot of action to it, a lot of a
kick, and one that’s more of a subtle flapto it. Now, let’s explain those. Kick would be a Yamamoto Twin Tail Grub, has
a lot of kick to it. The other one would be a Flappin’ Hog, which
is a beaver-style bait. So when you lift and drop that jig, it’s more
of a flap to it instead of a hard kick. Colder weather, you want the one with little
more of a flap to it versus the hard kick. So warmer weather, the Twin Tail Grub, colder
weather, the Flappin’ Hog. As far as where to fish, football head, for
fishing deeper water, and then I use a Arkie-stylehead for shallower water. The reason for that is the football, you’re
fishing normally around structure cover outdeep. I want the football head to catch when it’s
on the bottom, and it tends to wabble a litbit more. The archy-style head is what I’m gonna use
for fishing shallow cover, whether it’s docksor laydowns, that archy-style head is the
better head for fishing shallow. Weights, for deep, I use the three-quarter. For shallow, I use half. And that’s about it across the board. Keri: Keeping it simple. Brent Ehrler: Keep it simple. Keri: Yeah, perfect. Thank you so much. Greg Hackney: Oh, top. . . You would ask me a hard one right off. Number one would be colors. Keep your colors simple. You know, basically, you need a white one,
a black one and a, you know, something green,pumpkin, bluegill colored. Number two would be trailers. I do it about the same way. I basically use three trailers on my jig. I use a Rage Craw, I use a chunk of some sort,
plastic chunk. I choose a KVD Chunk, and I use a Menace Grub. Keri: Perfect, perfect. Greg Hackney: And the last tip would be, don’t
get caught up in using one size. Like, if you’re a big fan of a three-eights,
occasionally try half or even a three-quarter,you know, and swap it up a little bit, and
I think you’ll find you get a few more bites. Keri: All right. Great tips, really great tips.

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