Swim jigs are basically shallow water lures. But, like other fishing techniques, this is now little by little evolving to also include even deep water structures as productive places for its use and application.
This jigging technique is meant to move quietly although not completely totally silent through the water. A crucial aspect of presentation of a swim jig is the absence of excessive noise of flash although there are some that have rattles that are attached either by the angler or manufacturer. But still, these usually project a big profile through the skirt and their silent movements through the water can usually provoke some vicious reflex strikes.
As it seems to be more natural in this subtle movement, there is lesser chance for it to alarm bass as compared to spinner bait, crank bait or buzz bait. Even if not alarmed by them, the bass can grow accustomed to the noisy lures like buzz baits and vibration and flash of spinner baits and avoid them. There are times when bass will shy away from the noisy lures and drawn instead to more subtle sound level and movement. This is where a jig that swims can come in handy.
Jigs, being a family of lures, are best known capturing big bass. Swimming jigs are no less and these could also be more effective when it comes to drawing big gals to strike.
A Short History
Swim jigging fishing has become a prominent fishing pattern from coast to coast. There are some people who have claimed that they create the swim jog technique. However, this was probably some anglers who simultaneously tried to figure out and came up with jigs that were specifically meant for this technique in order to get better hookups. Some anglers were already the technique two decades ago and the mere fact that there was nothing that was written about this back then is safe to assume that some fishermen discovered it by not writing this off as a fluke.
Is it easy to fish with these jigs? The answer would be both a Yes and a No. Yes, the presentation is pretty much simple yet the retrieve is not really that easy. When you go swim jigging fishing, a long cast is the basic rule of thumb. Basically, you have to cast the jig as far out as you can past any area of submerged grass whose top doesn’t go deeper than 12 inches and it is a casting technique, not flipping or pitching. Then, you retrieve this over the grass just under the surface of the water. If you can, you can try to create a bulge above the water while you retrieve the jig shallow just below the water. It is imperative to keep the lure on top of the grass.
Where to Go Swim Jigging Fishing
You can fish a swimming jig most of the year although you might want to avoid using it in muddy and cold water. Take note it is a visual lure so clarity of water is important. Stained is okay but muddy is not. Water more than 50 degrees is the starting point for using it and stays good for the jigs throughout the year until this once again cools by late fall. Such lures are also great around wood, weeds and grass in shallow water.