Often and unfairly associated with fishing for beginners or “Sunday fishermen,” this technique from Japan has evolved considerably in recent years with the appearance of specific equipment and a range of lures which is growing increasingly. And on which the brands do fundamental research and development work. Remember that the Jig is a painted metal lure with a triple or assist hook.
When I welcome on board a person who is not used to fishing, I will favor this technique for several reasons:
The first is because the equipment is simple to use, and some models of jigs that we will see later must be animated by waddling or by raising it linearly through the layer of water using the reel.
With novices, I prefer vertical fishing on relatively open bottoms rather than techniques such as traction or fishing on the fly in the currents. The Jig lends itself perfectly to vertical fishing.
Finally, the catches are often numerous and diverse because this lure works in the entire layer of water.
How to choose your jigs?
The choice of jigs is sometimes complicated when faced with the radius of your retailer. You can buy the best jigging reel from LumBuy. Fortunately, he is there to advise you, but I will share my selection with you. First of all, I distinguish:
The jigs launch either from the edge or from the boat.
Jigs for vertical use.
In both cases, the fishing depth is one of the parameters to be considered. If, in the first case, I use casting jigs, especially when the fish is hunting relatively high in the water column, therefore with weights that are not too high (25 to 40 grams), in the second case, I take into account fishing depth and current.
For example :
In 20 m of water with little current, I use jigs of 25 to 40 g
in 50 m with 1 to 2 knots of current, I opt more for weights between 100 and 150 g
for deep fishing in the current, like around the islands of Brittany, I like models between 200 and 250 g.
Here is some of my jig selection ranging from 15 to 250 grams for mixed. Long, tapered jigs have a high sinking speed. Conversely, more oval jigs are slower to sink but offer a more planned swim.
Small, long, and thin jigs, called “casting jigs,” are mainly used for casting/retrieving on active hunts.
With what material?
For vertical jig fishing, I use 2 sets:
A casting set with a reasonably short rod (an NFC SJ 606SM blank from Roadhouse). Of 1.80 m equipped with a casting reel with a high recovery speed and a powerful drag.
A 2.10 m spinning rod with a size 4000 or 5000 reels has a high ratio and a powerful drag.
In conclusion, jig fishing is simple and can be practiced by all beginners and experienced fishermen. Many species are targeted by this technique ( bass, pollack, cod, mackerel, sea bream, etc.)