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Flipping Jigs Simplif ied


jigs rule. Yet many anglers seem to have trouble with them. Here’s all you really need to know. The rst thing is that weedless berguard jig sh- ing is a heavy tackle proposition. Most anglers underestimate the strength of rod, reel and line that’s required for weedless ipping jig shing. Then there are two basic kinds of ipping jig shapes, both with berguards. First, is a pointy, bullet-nosed shape that’s streamlined and best for snaking through grass cleanly. Second is the Arkey style jig that is boxing glove shaped, but wide and at. It is best for bumping and bumbling through wood, laydowns, stumps and rocks. A football jig is a third kind of jig with a berguard and many have the heavy wire hook like a ipping jig. Difference is, football


jigs work best on deep water struc- ture. If you try to ip a football jig in shallow cover, you’ll certainly see that the football shape hangs up more than any others in any kind of cover. So stick to the bullet nose shape for ipping grass and the Arkey style for wood. Just remember the berguard makes it “snagless” which means exactly what it says - it snags less than an exposed hook jig. It isn’t snag- free. So expect to get snagged. Yet the bottom line is, if you are hanging up and snagging too much, there may be one or two problems: 1) your rod, reel and line are too light to keep the jig out of trouble and/or 2) you are using an ill-designed jig (not all jigs are designed correctly) or using the wrong head shape for the conditions. Change it. Change your rod, your reel, your line, change the style or brand of jig you are using until you get the snags down to a level you can live with. You’ll never be “snag free” but with the right gear and jigs, you will snag less. Now, you want to ip your jig into the best possible spot within your reach; so if you had to pick the one single place where a sh could be, that’s the place to lay your jig down. Then you just let the jig drop to the bottom. Then you do absolutely nothing. Most hits will happen in just about how much time it took to read this. If you don’t get bit during the fall or after wait- ing and doing nothing for a short while, then you start to drag the jig back to you, but your best chance to have had a hit is already over by the time you start to drag it back. As it moves over clean, empty bottom, chances for a hit are low. As it starts to bang and bumble against debris, chances for a hit go up. Anytime you lose feel of the bottom, slow down and wait until you feel the jig make bottom contact again. Keep in mind, the most important part of a jig is the soft plas- tic trailer. The trailer is really all the sh wants. It has little interest in the rest of the jig. If you don’t believe it, try shing a jig with no trailer, and you won’t do very well. So make the soft plastic trailer the centerpiece of your jig presentation and coordinate the jig skirt color to best show off the succulent trailer to the sh. 99% of an- glers do the opposite, meaning they pick a trailer to match their skirt. Don’t make their mistake. Think of the skirt as the picnic blanket. Think of the trailer as the succulent country ham presented on that blanket. It’s the mouth-watering centerpiece of attention. Jig shing really is that simple. BWU



March/April 2011