Jigging it is also one of the most active fishing methods, requiring you to snap or pop the rod tip up quickly to move the lure vertically in the water column. You can jig straight up and down as you drift, or cast the lure out and jig it back towards you horizontally while reeling. Jigging a lure or bait creates the look of an injured baitfish that a game fish would want to bite.
Jig rigs come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and can be used with or without live fishing bait. Many spoons are designed for jigging — they flutter as they fall enticing a fish. Soft plastic worms are also used for jigging as are painted lead-headed hook and feather combo jigs called buck tails.
Tip: If you are casting a jig out and retrieving while jigging, you’ll need to reel in slowly to keep the jig near the bottom.
If you are learning how to fish by jigging, here are some simple steps:
* Cast out and let your jig hook sink to the bottom.
* Count a few seconds or wait until you feel the spoon hit the bottom
* Snap or pop your wrist and rod tip up quickly a short distance
* Let the lure drop back to the bottom
* You can jig up and down, side to side or up and down and sideways.
* Reel down a little bit to keep the line tight in case of a strike