The jig-worm is likely to catch large numbers of fish, but I have caught plenty of monster size fish with it as well. That makes it an excellent lure to use for introducing someone to the sport of bass fishing.
The jig-worm that I used in most of my videos had a 3/8-ounce jig-head made by Owner. It has a bullet shaped head, a wide gap hook, and an offset shank designed to hold the plastic lure in place. I like to tuck the point of the hook into the plastic so it’s weed less, but ready to poke out of the plastic and hook the fish with very little pressure. I usually use fluorocarbon line and tie the jig worm on with a Trilene knot.
You can also use a ¼ ounce mushroom head jig with a light wire hook shank. Fish it with the hook exposed and just jerk it free from any weeds that it catches. Sometimes that is what will trigger a strike.
You can use any type of soft plastic bait with the jig. In fact, one of my favorite baits has always been a small plastic crawfish. In my videos you will see me use worms and Brush Hogs.
I also like to use a 6 ½ foot medium flex rod with 10 to 15lb test line and a high-speed retrieve reel. The high-speed reel allows you to reel in lots of slack line in just a turn or two of the handle. You may want to use a spinning rig for the mushroom head jig because it will handle the lighter jig better.
You can use this setup anytime, but it really shines in the summer when the skies are bright and the wind is light. These can be tough fishing conditions because bass just don’t like to bite under these conditions, but the jig-worm can change a tough day into a good day.
I’m usually fishing it around deep weed-lines and weedy areas in Minnesota, but you can also fish it around rocky drop-offs and ledges like you find on the southern reservoirs.
I just cast it out and let the lure go straight to the bottom, watching the spot where the fishing line enters the water. As you hold the slightest bit of tension in the line waiting for a strike, you will see the line slipping into the water as the lure goes to the bottom. When the lure hits the bottom, the line above the surface will go completely slack. Remember to watch where the line enters the water as the lure falls. That is where the line will jump or twitch if you get a strike on the fall, and lots of your strikes will come on the fall. After that I usually just lift and drop the lure up and down all the way back to the boat so that it can fall as many times as possible in one cast. This is the time when you can be creative and impart any type of action or movement of the lure that you find works well for you, so try lots of stuff.
For areas that have rocky drop-offs and ledges, just pitch the lure to the ledge or drop-off and pull on the lure until it begins to fall again letting the lure fall as many times as possible down the rocky ledge.
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