Casting jig fishing is not just an effective method for catching bass during winter months for it also has loads of fun to offer to any angler. There is just something unique the moment you pull it up and you feel that tick on the open bank. This method works well for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, making it a great choice for more fishing aficionados. It means that you can catch them on deep clear rocky lakes where all of these three species usually live.
Unfortunately, casting jigs is slowly becoming a lost art. In fact, you will no longer see a lot of anglers doing this although there are some instances when it is absolutely the most idea way to catch fish. Pitching and flipping definitely belong to most situations in shallow fishing like when the bass holds tight to heavy covers. However, when the fish roams in flats, deep water or when there is clear water, presenting jigs from a distance is one technique overlooked by many anglers. Many people today prefer using crank baits or soft plastics in such cases so these fish really don’t see a lot of jigs. Considering the pressure on the lakes these days, an entirely different situation will surely give you a crucial edge.
According to the pros, jigs imitate crawfish that is why these must be presented near the bottom. There are cases when swimming a jig through water column can be effective but hopping or dragging the lure over the bottom is deadly throughout the year.
It is always preferred to cast a jig where crawdads are abundant. If the water is cold or clear, it can make casting more effective. Fishing a jig is most suitable for hard bottoms with prolific amount of crawfish.
The Right Jig Fit for the Job
Try to a lay flipping jig beside a casting jig and you will definitely not notice any difference but things change the moment you try to go fishing with them.
A flipping jig is armed with strong and thick hooks meant to withstand the most powerful hook sets while helping the horse bass out of its heavy cover. This is best if you make short line presentations to the shallow water bass around some cover.
But, if you will try setting the hook on a similar jig with some feet of line between the lure and you, the hook might not be able to penetrate properly. This is why casting jigs usually come with lighter hook. Flipping jigs have stronger hooks but these can also work against you if you have plenty of line between the fish and you. There is more stretched in the line’s longer sections, specifically with monofilament so you will need a hook that will penetrate easily but something that is not too small that it will bend on big fish.
Many pros are dressing their jigs using soft plastic trailers of crawfish-style. Choices of colors are similar with those used for flipping and are picked depending on personal preference and water clarity. Since jig resembles crawfish, greens and browns are great choices.