Types of Jigs
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Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about fishing, specifically, jig fishing. Today I’m going to discuss the different types of jigs and when I like to use each type of jig. I’m not going to get into which colors for certain situations because I have already done an article about color selection (linked at the bottom of the page), or you can e-mail me anytime at email@example.com for questions about anything!
- Swim-Jig: The ONLY reason I’m putting this bait in the jig category is the name. In my opinion, a swim jig is not a jig. However, since it is technically a jig, let’s talk about it. A swim-jig typically has a slimmer-profile head to come through cover, such as grass, more efficiently. Now, when do I use a swim jig? This is a pretty simple breakdown for me. Obviously everyone has their own opinions, but I like to use a swim jig and a chatterbait in very similar situations. The way I make the decision on which one to use is based on the amount of wind or chop on the water and water clarity. If it’s super windy, I have much more confidence in a chatterbait over a swim-jig because of a chatterbait’s ability to draw fish from farther distances with its blade. In super dirty water, I will also choose a chatterbait over a swim-jig because, again, I prefer more drawing power in the muddy water. However, if it’s super clear water, I will throw a swim-jig more often than a chatterbait because it looks a little more realistic. I only use two colors of swim-jigs, shad (white) and some sort of bluegill representation (pictured below). Again this could be argued, but I like to stay with these two colors because, if I think the water is dirty enough that neither of these will work, it’s time to switch to a chatterbait.
- Flipping Jigs (arkie-jigs): This is the stereotype jig that comes to most peoples’ minds when you talk about a jig. It’s not round like a round-ball jig (I call them finesse football heads) or a football head, but it’s not quite as narrow as a swim-jig head. My personal favorite is the Omega Custom Tackle Flipping Jig (pictured below). This jig has a perfect arkie-style head to get through cover, and a great hook for sticking the fish when you need it the most. I like to throw this style of jig around any kind of wood or brush piles. Like I said, the arkie-style head will keep you from getting stuck in this kind of cover while a football head jig would create all kinds of problems in a brush pile or some thick wood. This is my favorite style of jig.
- Football Jigs: This jig seems to be a big-fish staple in the summer months. A football-head jig’s name is pretty self-explanatory; it has a head that’s shaped like a football. This type of jig will not be very effective in grass or wood because it won’t come through that kind of cover very easily, but a football jig can be deadly I’m some rip-rap and bigger rocks. A football head is also commonly used in deep water in the summer on ledges and points. To do this, you will need a football head jig that is no smaller, in my opinion, than a 1/2 oz., but I prefer to use a 3/4 oz.
- Round-Ball Jig: Even though I really only use it for certain situations, this type of jig has a special place in my heart. I like this type of jig because it’s usually a lighter, more finesse-type jig, but since it has a round head, I like to use it around rocks and rip-rap. It could also be used around sparse wood. I actually seem to draw more bites and catch more fish with this style of jig. The colors I use for this are the same as a regular jig, so you can refer to my color selection article (linked below).
- Casting Jig: I really don’t have much to say about a casting jig. I really don’t use them that often because there isn’t much of a difference between a casting jig and a flipping jig in my opinion, but the casting jigs I have (I think Dirty Jigs) have a head that would be in between an arkie-style head and a football-head, so it is pretty versatile if you can only afford a few jigs. Most of mine also have rattles so if I think I need to add a little more drawing power to my jig, I switch to my casting jig. But since you can get rattles on either a casting jig or a flipping jig, I think they’re pretty interchangeable. Once again, the color selection article is linked below if you have questions on which color to use for certain situations.
I hope this breakdown of jigs helped answer some questions you might have about jigs! If there’s a question you still have about jig selection, I encourage you to either comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you find our page and articles helpful, please subscribe and share our knowledge with your friends so you can all become better anglers. Thank you and have a great day!