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A Beginners Guide to Jig Fishing

A Beginners Guide to Jig Fishing

For those who are just getting into fishing and are looking to learn different methods, jig fishing is a great option. Jig fishing is ideal for catching hard-to-reach fish that congregate towards the bottom of bodies of water. Jigs are designed to drop to the bottom of the water, and they have been shown to entice a wide variety of fish both big and small.

Jig fishing is a great fishing method to try on your next fishing vacation or camping trip. And who knows, it might help bring in the big catch you’ve always dreamed of.

What is jig fishing?

Jig fishing, or jigging, is a type of lure fishing that uses quick up and down movements that produce the look of an injured baitfish, this attracts larger game fish looking for easy prey.

The jig, which is typically a sinker and hook molded together (and covered by a soft body that has the color and appearance of a baitfish), is dropped to the bottom of the water and is slowly brought back to the surface.

What you’ll need

Jig fishing is ideal for beginners as it only requires a few pieces of equipment. You’ll simply need a tackle box with a few different jigs, a fishing pole, line and a reel.

If you’re fishing in a larger body of water, you should make sure you have a good amount of line with you, as you will be dropping the line to the bottom, and will draw more line out when a fish hooks onto the jig.

Jig fishing tips

It’s suggested to cast out and let your jig slowly sink to the bottom of the water. Once you feel the jig hit the bottom, you can begin the small up and down motions as you slowly reel in the jig. Let the jig sink back down a bit before you start the motions again. For even greater success, you can vary the rod movements side to side.

As a beginner, it’s important that you reel in slowly to keep the jig near the bottom. It’s also suggested to use a lighter jig when first starting off to attract smaller fish. From there, you can slowly work your way up for a larger catch.  

When you’re ready to give jig fishing a try, we recommend getting in touch with us here at Slater’s Jigs. Started by seven-time Crappie Fishing Champion of Mississippi, Eddie Slater, our shop has all the Crappie fishing jigs, accessories and gear you could ever need. We also carry jigs and accessories for trout fishing, bream fishing and more. View our online shop today to see all the jigs and accessories we have available. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (662) 887-3548 should you have any questions.  

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