Jig method

Over the last few years, plastic lures have made a huge career in our market, also made of feathers, rubber, bristles, leathers originating in the USA and lead heads of various shapes and weights intended for their arming. To, what was invented overseas to catch bass, walleye and muskie proved effective in catching their relatives – okoni, zander and pike.

Method and equipment

Many anglers are mistaken, that the very fact of using the above lures means fishing with the jig method. Please clear up the misunderstanding – it is the method of imparting movement to the lure that is the essence of the method – irregular, jerky movements up and down. The English word jiging describes such a move, jig is a bait used in the jig method. Jigami can be for example: a plastic worm on a jig head hook or a lead spoon, even a weighted fillet or lard strip, seemingly having no common features. Active tracking by the angler of the bait descent is characteristic of the jig method, in other spinning methods this movement phase is lost to the catch. Another way to conduct a jiga is slow, inch by inch, dragging it along the bottom, pausing for a few seconds, in fact, it is also jerky movement, so much, that smaller.

In the jig method, a bite is noticed by observing the tip of the rod, fishing line above the surface of the water, and very often sensing delicate vibrations transmitted by the rod. The symptom of a bite may be bending or straightening the tip, line tension or loosening above the water surface, the sensation of a snap on the tip transferred by the rod. Big fish bite as gently as very small ones. No jam, or being late most often means losing the fish. In a few cases, when we feel a clear bite, as in classic spinning, means, that the fish jammed without our participation. You can catch pikes all year round using the jig method, perch, zander and other predatory fish and many species of quiet feeding fish, bream first. The effectiveness of the method in relation to some fish species, for example ides, chubs or asps, depends on the season. In the fall, when these species swim to deeper places, their responses become similar to that of other predatory fish. Even a cursory description of the jig method indicates the necessity to use quite delicate equipment. The reel must be light, precise, with a large diameter of the rotating roller guiding the line by the bail. The ideal is the thrust bearing model. The blockade is smooth and in any position of the crank. Releasing it does not cause a click that interferes with the observation of bites. The rod is fast, a well-balanced spinning rod with a sensitive tip. Due to the need to keep the line close to the blank, specialized jig rods are densely threaded. The length is sufficient for fishing from a boat 1,8-2,4 m, when moving along the shore it is easier to fish with a longer rod, even above 3,0 m, however, landing fish can be very problematic. I know fishermen, who adapted short feeder rods to the jig method, though they are normally intended for other methods. The line does not have to be excessively thin, enough 0,18-0,23 mm. It is very comfortable to use a fluorescent one due to the ease of observing bites. More and more anglers use braided lines, which are as if made for this method – have negligible extensibility, enormous strength and softness enabling long casts.


In the jig method, hooks are used which are combined with the load, i.e. jig heads of various shapes or self-turning hooks (ang. automatic rotating) -Lynx. h. In the second case, the bait with a hook is loaded with an olive placed on the line. Generally, wide Aberdeen soft hooks are used, circular knee arch, Hard O'Shaughnessy type, with a longer handle and a narrow knee arch, reinforced with both. Listed first, it should bend at the obstacle. Hooks that are used on many heads sometimes have a non-angled arm 90 degrees and mesh perpendicular to the plane. These are the most popular jig hooks in the world (numbering for Eagle Claw). Different bending angles of the shanks of the hooks and their different widths are designed to adapt to the specific shapes of lead heads and lures. For example, grub (twister) requires a longer shank of the hook and a smaller opening than the shad (ripper).