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How To Fish A Jig for Bass: The BEST Jig Fishing Tips for Insane Limits!

How To Fish A Jig for Bass: The BEST Jig Fishing Tips for Insane Limits!


Glenn: There we go. Keri: Oh, hello. You got him. Oh, boy. He is wrapped around a tree. Keri: You gotta go in and get him. Glenn: Come here. Keri: You’re gonna have to go in and get him. Glenn: Come here. Come here. Keri: And let him back in the water. Glenn: Let’s see if I can get this guy out,
see if this Seaguar braid is gonna hold on to him good enough. He is wrapped around this stuff. Keri: He did, he jumped out of the water and
went right around that branch. Glenn: Come here. Come here. I got your face. Look at that. Yeah, we’re throwing in the thick stuff with
some jigs. So we’re talking about today, how to jig fish
in heavy stuff like this. Hey, folks, Glenn here with BassResource.com. And today, I wanna talk to you about fishing
jigs. Jigs, day in and day out, year round, will
catch fish. And a lot of times, we’ll catch big ones. They’re just known for big fish type lures. They’re not gonna catch a lot of numbers. But a lot of times, when you hook in to a
fish with a jig, it’s a quality bass. So today, I wanna talk to you a little bit
about this. If you’ve been fishing jigs for a while, you’re
gonna get a few tips here from this video. But if you’re new to it, you haven’t fish
jigs a whole lot, listen up, because this video is definitely for you. We’re gonna talk a little bit about the right
equipment to use for jigs, a little bit about the jigs themselves, what you wanna look for
when you’re buying them. And then we’re gonna talk to you about some
of the different retrieves you can use with jigs. So let’s talk about equipment, starting with
the rod. A good all-around purpose rod for jig fishing
is a seven-foot heavy power, medium or fast action rod tip. This here is an Okuma TCS Jig and Worm Rod,
perfect for the situation. It’s not a flipping stick. Now flipping, you can also do that with jigs,
you wanna get a flipping stick for that, those are typically a little bit longer, maybe seven-five
to even close to eight feet long, with the same characteristics. Again, heavy power, fast action rod tip. That’s what you wanna look for for jigs because
you’re gonna be throwing this on a lot of heavy cover. You have to use a rod that’s got a lot of
backbone, a lot of power that’ll turn that fish and get him out of that cover before
he has a chance to turn and wrap around everything and break free. So that’s why you need that strong, strong
heavy rod for that. Paired with to this line, I’m using 50-pound
Seaguar Smackdown Braid. This is a good, universal braided line that
works really, really well in all conditions, especially when you’re throwing in trees and
shrubs, and all the heavy thick stuff where you’re gonna be throwing jigs. I use 50-pound minimum, sometimes I’ll use
65-pound. You can also use Seaguar’s Flippin’ line,
which I’ve been using for a while now. It’s excellent, excellent line. Your choice, both are really good to use. The Flippin’ line I tend to use when the
water is really muddy and dingy, it’s perfect for those situations The Smackdown is much
better for when the water is a little bit clear. The reel, you can use just about any reel. This is an Okuma Helios reel. This has a really strong drag system. That’s what you want. When you set the hook, you’ve got to have
this drag cranked down all the way tight. When you first set the hook, you can’t have
any give at all. Set that hook home. Once you get the fish clear out of the cover,
then you can loosen on the drag and fight him back to the boat. But you’ve to get a solid hookset first so
a strong drag is imperative. This reel has a 7.3:1 gear ratio. I like that because, again, it gives me that
speed to get that fish out of the cover quickly. So a high speed reel with a strong drag, that’s
the main characteristics you want for jig fishing. So let’s talk a little bit about the jigs
themselves. If you’re first starting out, you don’t need
to buy a ton of different jigs out there. Really focus with two different colors, your
browns and your green pumpkins. This one is brown, as you can see. This is a Siebert’s jig, this is a brush
jig. You want browns color. Browns and greens are gonna cover most of
your jig fishing situations. Yeah, there’s, black and blue works really
well if you’re fishing in water, say the visibility is less than a foot and a half, less than
a foot, really muddy, and you’re fishing real dense cover, then black and blue work
really well to show up as a silhouette in that muddy water. I don’t get that much of that up here. You know, we live up here in the Pacific Northwest. Not too often, we encounter real muddy conditions,
so this is my go-to is the browns and also the green pumpkins. There’s a couple of things you wanna look
for when you’re getting a jig. First of all is a real strong, stout hook. We’re using heavy, heavy gear, again, strong
braid, strong rod, so you need a hook that’s gonna hold up to that. So let’s look at this hook, man. That’s a beefy hook on this. Again, Siebert jigs, they make excellent,
excellent jigs. And that’s what you want, a strong stout hook,
to put up with the pressure when you set the hook. The other thing here too, as you notice, on
this one, jig heads basically come in essentially two different varieties. One is a football head jig, the other one
is what I call cone shape. There’s a lot of variations out, a lot of
different names. And they’re more specialized specific purposes
like Arkey jigs, things like that. But it all boils down to whether it’s a pointed
jig or a football jig. And on the pointed jigs, if you will, in this
particular case, this is the Siebert brush hawg. Look at this, the line tie is part of the
jig head. Isn’t that cool? And then stick out. And that’s important, because as less things
that gets hung up in the weeds, you know, you’re not gonna bring back a lot of junk
and stuff and when you’re fishing all those heavy cover. So that’s important. Here’s the thing, up until about all five
or so years ago with jigs, it used to come out of packets pretty much the same where
the strands are really long, you’d have to cut them off, because you want the strands
to be just past the hook point. If you notice, look at that, that’s exactly
where these are. The strands had just passed the hook point. So what we do is we cut those off because
it would come really long. Well, nowadays, you don’t have to do that. Most jigs come with the right length. Same thing with the brushguard on, the weed
guard. You see, when you press down on it, it just
covers that point just right, okay? There’s not a whole lot of excess sticking
and past it. What I like to do as far as any type of changing
anything or modifying any of the jigs, when they first come out of the package, really
all as it is, is I sharpen the hooks, I always do that, it’s just a habit, but I wanna make
sure they’re super, super sharp. And the other thing is I always add a trailer
on to it. In this case, this is a Rage Tail, Rage Craw
and it matches the colors pretty good. It matches the colors of the skirt really
well. And all that I do on this is I typically pinch
off just about an eighth of an inch or a quarter of an inch on the end of it. So when I rig it on to the bait, also I want
is, I want those claws just hanging pass the hook. I don’t want to hang too far pass beyond that. So it makes a nice compact, bite-size lure. By the way, I wanna tell you, when you’re
buying jigs, you don’t have to buy all kinds of different weights. Get a quarter ounce, half ounce and three-quarter-ounce,
that’s gonna cover most of your jig situations. I’m not talking about punching, so don’t write
me hate mail. Punching’s a different technique, altogether. But that’s gonna cover most of your situations. That’s really all there is to it. All right. So we’ve talked about the equipment, we’ve
talked about the jigs. Now, let’s talk about the different ways to
fish it. The easiest and most common way of fishing
a jig is you just throw it out there and you let it sink straight down on a semi-slack
line. And you’ll notice I did a bunch of things
right there all at one. So I’ll take you through it step-by-step. When you throw it in there, you bring the
rod tip down, and you reel up the slack line, and then you wanna feel that bait a semi-slack
line. In other words, you can still letting it fall
straight down, but you don’t have a super slack line, and you’re actually feeling some
contact of the line between your bait and the rod. So watch this. You throw it out there, bring the rod tip
down to hook set position, reel in the slack, and now, we’ve got connection with it. It’s that quick. It happens very, very fast. So I’ll show you one more time so you can… This is the motion you’ve got to do all the
time. As soon as that bait hits the water, you gotta
be in the hook set position. So cast it out there, let it hit, bring the
rod tip down, reel up the slack, I’m ready to go, okay? You don’t wanna bring up too much slack because
you don’t want the bait to swing away from the cover. You want it to fall straight down. But that’s the key. Okay, so when it’s falling, what you wanna
do is make a mental note for how long it’s gonna take before it hits the bottom. If you have to, do a count. Some sort of like one, two, three, some sort
of cadence to get into sense of how long it takes to fall and hit the bottom. So, for example, we’ll do it here. I’ll cast this out here real quick. We hit the bottom, okay. So it’s one, two, three, four, five. Okay, five and a half is about what it took. So say now, I’m going along the… This is the shoreline, and it’s hitting around
your four, five every time, maybe six. And then I could cast and it stops at one. Well a fish probably hit it, okay? Set the hook, definitely set the hook. And you wouldn’t have known that, because
a lot of times, you don’t feel it. The fish is just sitting there, he opens his
mouth, he grabs it and they doesn’t move, so you won’t feel a bite. You’ll just notice that the jig didn’t fall
all the way like it should have. So be very, very much on point watching for
things like that, when it does that, watch for your line, see if it twitches, jumps,
moves sideways. If it does anything that you didn’t do, a
fish probably did. So set that hook, okay? And speaking of setting the hook, let me walk
you through something real quick. I’ve seen a lot of jig fishermen do this. When you set the hook, what they’ll do is
they’ll let that bait fall and they think they got a bite, they’ll reel down, they’re
on point, and they do this feel game. They pull back a little bit more. Okay, now they feel a tug-tug, definitely
a fish, and they set the hook. Problem with that is you set the hook on a
tight line. Lot of times, what happens is that that bait
is barely in the fish’s mouth, maybe just a little bit. And all that you did when you set the hook
is you move the bait maybe that much in his mouth, or the head of this is resting on the
inside of his mouth. And so all that you did is you just turned
that fish. You didn’t get a hook. If anything, the hook didn’t get in very far. And you reeling up towards him and all of
a sudden, he opens his mouth and blows that bait right out. This is especially true if you’re fishing
football head jigs. Football head jigs have a real tendency to
do it, they’re big, they’re bulky, they’ll hit up on the inside the roof of the fish’s
mouth, and the hook never penetrates, and then that fish blows it right out. So instead, when you’re making the hook set,
what you wanna do is you reel it down. I’ll just cast it out then do this. You wanna have a little slack in it. So first of all, you’re in the hook set position,
ready to go. If you lift up and you feel a bite, drop the
rod tip quick, reel in maybe one or two turns, but you still have slack in it, and then set
the hook really hard, okay? You wanna throw slack in it, that’s the key. You wanna jar that bait, not turn the fish’s
head. You wanna get the power of the rod going,
get the speed of that rod going before it makes contact with the bait. Now, you’re going full-fledged, full power. The bait, boom, slams into the fish’s mouth,
and oftentimes, so hard that it will go through his lips. But he still has his mouth closed and that
hook comes right behind and hooks them. You almost always hook them in the roof of
the mouth when they do that, and you got a solid, solid hooks that he’s not coming unbuttoned,
okay? So that’s the key, is that hook set. Make sure you’ve throw a little bit of slack
in the line. If you have to, if you feel that fish and
you’re playing the feel game, just drop the rod and then set the hook something. But you’ve got to practice that and get that
down because throwing slack in the line is key to get in a really solid hook set. All right, so let me talk you through some
of the different techniques here. One was throwing it out there, and you just
let it drop. A lot of times a fish hit it during the fall. So that’s why I said, you got to be ready
for the hook set. But if it hits the bottom with jigs, let it
sit for a second. What jigs will do, especially with living
rubber skirts, they’ll sit on the bottom, they’ll start to slowly open up like this. Even if it’s not living rubber, they’ll still
move a little bit. A lot of times, a fish will come up, they’ll
look at it, they’ll nose down to it, and then it’s just making that little bit of movement,
and they just can’t stand it, then you gotta pounce on it. Okay, so let the jig do its thing. I know it’s boring, you’re not doing anything,
you’re just sitting there. But just hold on a minute, just keep contact
with that bait. The next thing you know, you’ll see your line
start swimming off. You won’t even feel the bite. So do that first. Now, if that fish doesn’t bite, now what I
want you to do is… You know again, a lot of the bites occur during
the fall, so you’ve got to make it fall again. So now it’s sitting on the bottom, you’re
gonna sit for quite a while, then all you’re gonna do is you get your… You’re pointing down towards the lure, lift
up a little bit, get your rod to about the 10:00, 11:00 position, let it drop. And here, I mean it dropped straight down. And all I’m doing is I’m reeling up the slack
as I bring the rod tip down. So I’m still maintaining contact with the
bait, but I’m not altering its trajectory. And then that’s all you do, is you just bring
it up and bring it back down. You do a couple of times, and it’ll probably
be back to the boat by then, but you don’t have to work it all the way back to the boat. Once you’ve pulled, got free of cover, the
fish probably isn’t gonna bite on that type of retrieve. So you bring it back up, let it fall back
down, just reel at the slack as it falls, let it hit bottom, and let it sit again, let
it open up, do its thing. Again, five, 10 seconds, it doesn’t take very
long, and then lift it back up again, and repeat, okay? Now, if those two techniques aren’t working
and the fish don’t wanna bite it on the fall, so you got to do something different. And one of the things I like to do is drag
it on the bottom. You throw it out there, let it sit on the
bottom. Once it’s on the bottom, you wanna let it
scurrying on the bottom, just like a crawdad. I mean, that’s what that jig is imitating,
is a crawdad. So reel up all the way, and then what you
wanna do is you move it just with your rod, not with your reel, and there’s a couple of
ways you can do this. First is just to drag it straight back with
your rod, and then reel up the slack, and you’re ready to go. And then just drag it again, and reel up the
slack. Again, you always wanna be on a hook set position. So you don’t wanna be…have your rod all
the way back here if a fish bites, try to set the hook even further. You have nothing left. There’s nothing to give you any leverage. So if a fish hits it while you’re dragging
it back, just like I just told you before with the hook set, reel up to it, and then
set the hook. Give yourself that advantage, so you can get
a good hook set on that fish. But that’s a really good technique, just drag
it back like that. Now, another way that I’ll do, I’ll do some
variations. Because again, this is a crawdad imitation,
so I like to make it scoot along the bottom. Almost like it’s a crawdad trying to get away. If you ever watch a crawdad under water, they
kind of move, move, move like this. Sometimes, it’ll be just two-two or, you know,
three little pumps, four. But they do this kind of thing. So that’s what you wanna imitate. So you just kind of pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,
and let it drop, and then pop, pop, pop, pop, and let it drop. Maybe let it sit for a while, let that skirt
flare out, and then give another pop, pop, pop, and let it sit. It looks like he’s trying to get away from
the fish. And especially if you throw this up in the
cover and you let it drop, the fish doesn’t bite it. Now, you can scoot it away from the cover,
any fish that are in that cover looking at it, it looks like now it’s trying to get away,
they’ll race up and smack it. It works a lot of times. The last one I wanna show you is kind of a
swim jig technique. But again, I’m not talking about swim jigs,
but I do like to swim these back. This works especially well with a heavier
jig head. And so with this next one, I like to deal
with three-quarter-ounce jig heads because I wanna keep it down towards the bottom. You throw it out, let it hit the bottom. I wanna keep it just off the bottom. I just slowly reel it, just slowly swim it
back. And what I wanna do is I wanna feel it hit
the bottom every now and then. And I’ll just speed up the reel just a little
bit more, just to make sure that it stays just off the bottom. But a lot of times, it seems kind of boring,
right? It’s slow reeling it, it’s not quite dragging
along the bottom. But boy, howdy, man, when the fish hit it,
they will smack it. I mean, they will try to rip the rod out of
your hand. So hold on tight, always be in the hook set
position, so you want the rod up here, just slowly reel it back, and let it kind of bump
all along, occasionally bumping on the bottom. And a lot of times, you’ll catch fish that
way. All right. So those are some of the essential jig fishing
information that you need to know about. I didn’t go to all the different kinds of
jigs, because I’m telling you what, I can go on and on. So we’ll have some other videos on the more
advanced techniques. But if you’re just getting into jig fishing,
everything I just told you, follow what I told you. And I’m telling you what, you’ll become a
better bass angler. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
BassResource.com.

100 comments on “How To Fish A Jig for Bass: The BEST Jig Fishing Tips for Insane Limits!

  1. Hop hop hop to scurry like a crawdad. If that's what a jig is trying to imitate, we should do that retrieve more often.

  2. Thanks for the idea about adding the craw. I also paused the video and went back a few times watching your technique

  3. Fan of jig fishing. I have always been on the reel down mentality. I have to try and change my hook set to see if I get different results.

  4. Are you saying "seabird" jigs , "c bert" jigs, or what? Not familiar with the name. Obviously. Great info though. It's gonna come in handy.

  5. some good info and advise which was really appreciated. Like the details on rod, line and lure being used. Thanks Glen

  6. I thought I recognized this video. Always a good tool Glen. I am going to attempt a personal experiment and allow a little bit more of "slack line" before a hook set. This will help me compare the number of hooked sets versus misses. It is going to be interesting to see if there is a large difference.

  7. I LOVE informative videos such as this one! Even though I am an avid bass fisherman with a couple hundred local & club tournaments under my belt, I grew up fishing jigs the Susquehanna River (near Pittston, Pa) which is a completely different style of bass fishing Vs. jig fishing for largemouth bass.Even though I have almost 40 years of experience under my belt, I did in fact pick up some insight by watching this video.
    What I value more than my learning a little is how this allows me to help teach my youngest son, who @ 16 yrs old is as dedicated to bass fishing as I was at his age. I wish I had this sort of information at my fingertips when I was learning the basics of bass fishing 30+ years ago.
    Thanks much! I love your instructional videos!

  8. Good video the information regarding proper hook sets with jigs was great info and when I first learned these baits wish I had someone to tell me I lost lot of fish early on using jigs.

  9. Great video, unfortunately, I'm new to jig fishing and I currently do not own a boat, I was wondering can you jig from shore?

  10. Hopefully this will help with my hookup ratio. I can get bit but have been having issues converting that into a fish in the well.

  11. Thanks Glen this video is more than helpful to me seeing as this is one of my goals this year in 2018 beginning an learning how to use! a jig bank fishing

  12. Once you figure out how to flip heavy cover like this you can get to where the true giants live. There's nothing like a strong jig bite to make you remember why you go fishing for countless hours.

  13. I absolutely LOVE jig fishing!! My strongest way to fish for the big girls!! The Rage Baits are the Best on the market!

  14. Love the tip about the slack in the line on the hook set! I'm looking forward to doing lots of jig fishing and gaining confidence with it this year.

  15. Some really good pointers. I have the opposite problem here in the Midwest. We seldom see clear water so I’m using allot of Black/Blues

  16. I'm going to focus on catching fish on a jig this year, it's never been a successful bait for me but I'm determined to make it work this year

  17. I don't fish with jigs very much bc I fish from the bank and since most of the cover is close to the bank I don't see the use. I will use a chatterbait though, I caught a 3lb bass on a ZMan Chatterbait in Candy Craw with a BioSpawn VileCraw in California 420. The chatterbait is the only "jig" I use unless I use a tube jig for crappie or panfish

  18. I don't quite have fishing a jig dialled in yet. It's not easy to build confidence in a bait when the catches with it are few and far between but jigs have such a great reputation, I have got to figure them out. I'll start off with a smaller bait, thin out the weedguard and count carefully on the fall – hopefully that does the trick.

  19. Thanks for another good, informative video. I have a tendency to no be in the hook-set position when fishing a jig, I gotta get in the habit of doing that. I can see where there's a big advantage in that.

  20. Great video I have jigs wrong for so long. I have always set my line with a hard line set, always waited until I felt the fish and weight before I set the hook. Will definitely try setting with a little slack in the line.

  21. Great video Glenn. I learned a lot. I've had a chance this spring to go out with a good buddy who has a boat (a Ranger). He's a 30 year tourny fisherman who loves pitching and flipping. He parallels the bank looking for cover and just boom boom boom, pitching very fast. We rarely stop unless one of us (usually me because I didn't know until the 3rd time out that a football head jig was more prone to get caught up in wood) gets hung up. I'm sitting there getting my line wet once for every 4-5 times he does.

    Being a noob and him being in the front of the boat he catches most of the fish. I really with I knew a strategy to even the odds a bit. The fish have seen his jig or texas rig so when I throw mine they pass. Since we're are pitching and flipping I don't know what else to do. I will throw a crankbait or spinnerbait and that's actually how I caught the fish I caught.

    The thing that really kills me is he catches a fish and just keeps going, never stops. I guess that's the tournament mentality in him. If I throw a football jig and try dragging it back to me by the time I do that the boat is almost passed me even pitching or casting ahead. I'm not complaining, I'm just letting anyone else out there know what to expect if you are like me and not very experienced. It's a learning curve and you have to concentrate. Trust me if you are middle aged like me 5-6 hrs of that will wear you out. 🙂

    Anyway Glenn the part I really liked was about setting the hook. I didn't know you set the hook on slack line. The way you explained it and how you can pop the jig out of the fish's mouth made a lot of sense, a really good tip.

  22. Thanks again for the great tips! One of my bit problems is forgetting to count while the jig is falling. May be why I've missed some good fish. Like the fact that you're not afraid to put some of your "bobbles" in the videos. I've also hung up in trees and brush when trying to reel one too. Aggravating!

  23. Great tips. I haven't been much of a jig fisherman but I'm going to try them out this year. Thanks again Glenn.

  24. Ive caught fish in crystal clear water with Black blue jigs. Don't be affraid to flip a black blue jig in any water clarity

  25. What are the kind of jigs i should buy just for everything. Like fliping into cover, in grass, pads etc. Can anyone recomend a specific brand or model?

  26. Here is a question for Hank Parker. How many cast do you make with a specific bait and not get a bite before you decide to change baits

  27. Greg Hackney is my favorite jig fisherman,one of the main jig tactics i learned from hack when using braid,you DO NOT SET THE HOOK HARD WITH BRAID!!!! YOU JUST PULL HARD WITH A FAST TIP ROD WITH MEDIUM ACTION!!!! Hold your rod tightly and with a high speed baitcaster reel(7 to 1), just start to reel up quickly because, with braid being no stretch the fish could have it down his throat and you will rip it out his mouth, but based on my using of that tip, for me was mainly true in shallow water maybe 5 feet….but in deep water i tended to miss too many with that particular technique.but i also learned from him that,flo carbon is better than braid because it sinks too slow

  28. I like your instructions i am in my late 70`s & usually fish for big rough fish but you make me think i can do this. Anyway I am going to try. keep`um coming

  29. Been bass fishing for 4 months. I caught my second biggest bass (only 4lbs) on a jig in open water with a cast and retrieve. Was awesome.

  30. Use a bigger rod for casting the jigs out and a smaller for flipping. Or the same size. But to use a bigger rod to flip, just does not make sense. Flipping is a up close and personal technique… so u don't need as much backbone as you will when you're casting.

  31. Whew, bass fishing has gotten complicated and expensive! Jig rod, worm rod, crank rod, plus reels and lines to match. We done gone up to at least $1,000-$1,700 or more just in a few rods and reels. Then lines and lures. I'm 70, been catching big and many bass for 65 years that I can remember. But, I don't know nuthin'. Pure ignoramous about all this new 20-35 year old stuff. We called Carolina rig a worm with leader. Texas, worm, no leader. Cranks were lures, or mostly plugs. No such things as jigs back when a bait casting reel's handle turned backwards when you cast. You knew how to really thumb a reel. No adjustments at all. What's this mean? I a geezer. Old mouth breather.

  32. good stuff, lot'sa info. Gonna have to go back 2 or 3 times to gather it all in… But all the details are worth it, 😆👍👀

  33. Question, what If the bottom is all grass and you keep getting weeds every cast? Should I only throw them near rocky bottoms or what because I always get weeds every cast? Plz help

  34. A man after my own heart- my go to bait is a 6th sense dirty gill swim jig (3/8- 1/2 oz.) with a 3 inch strike king rage tail craw in summer green as a trailer- especially if I get on a good worm or creature bait bite but I'm catching smaller fish- step up to the jig and you'll get that mac daddy who's been watching from the sidelines refusing to play all day. Something about that jig makes him decide he's watched junior eat long enough- it's his turn. I generally stay away form the 1/4 oz. size though- a little bit small for my tastes- I really like 3/8 or 1/2 oz. I will throw a 3/4 but, only if I'm in pretty deep water- and that's kinda rare for me.

  35. I use swim jigs for regular jiggin techniques like this and swimming it- it works fine for me. It'sa bit odd at firt, especially considering the swim jigs I get have hand painted heads with little gills and eyes and everything but- I've found that once I put the rage tail trailer on there, they aren't paying that jig head much attention anyway. They just see it as a craw fish on bottom. Then I can take it off and throw on some little swim bait trailer (kietech swing impact fat 2.8 usually) and work the shallows, looks like a little bait fish.

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