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Hello i am new to jigs and need a little help! i fish 1/8 to 1/4 size jigs (no rattles) with small zoom chunk trailers as I have a spinning reel and medium power fast action rod. My questions are:

-How do i even retrieve these? they are not "swim jigs" i know this. Just a plain ole' Jig,Some are called "bitsy bugs" and "arky head" i think?.

-How slow should i fish these jigs?

-Do i simply flick my wrist ever so slightly to move this bait or do i shake my arm around eratically like a loon?

-I know they are better on baitcast but I am just using spin rod and reel...

-Just any other tips you have for these smaller type jigs would really help!

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

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You can flip and pitch on a spinning reel.  Just a different process. 

 

Definately watch some of BassResource's (Glenn's) vids.  Smaller jigs like that might be a bit harder to fish in any kind of current/wind.  So you will be limited.  If you have any casting gear, step up to some 3/8-5/8 jigs.  You always want to be able to feel the jig.  If the wind is blowing halfway decent, you won't be able to feel those jigs. 

 

 

Good luck!!

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Trying to learn to jig fish a with medium spinning tackle is difficult for several reasons, but can be done and you can catch some bass, the very aggressive bites. You will need to use 10 lb line.

Cast and receive this jig like you would a Texas rigged worm. The only difference is you need to strike immediately.

Because your rod isn't as strong as it should be to get a good hook set you need to whip set into a little slack line to drive the larger diameter wire hook into the basses mouth. You should also sharpen your jig hook. A fine flat 6" file and tough up the hook from the barb toward the point on 3 to 4 sides. The hook point should stick into your thumb nail or at least scratch it easily.

Good luck.

Tom

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I've been fishing for walleye for several years, jigging with a 2000 size spinning reel, 6'8 med. light rod. The easiest way to learn to jig is to just pretend you jig is a crow. You've seen a crow hop, now crow hop your jig. Hop it and let it fall back to bottom. Maybe give it a few shakes and a pop, then crow hop again and again till your retrieve is complete. Here is the tricky part. Make sure yo discern what the jig touching the bottom feels like. Each time you crow hop it, you should feel touch bottom again. If you don't a fish has or had your bait in it's mouth. If something feels different than the sensation of the crow hop set the hook. Walleye are tricky little worm snatchers who will spit your bait out before you even know they are there. Big bass will do the same thing. Just stay focused and you will be fine.

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80% of my jig fishing is done just like I'm fishing a Texas Rig ;)

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I use a the bitsy bug on rivers near my home on med-light spinning and 6lb line all the time.I have landed lots of fish and some nice ones.Yes you will lose some but you lose some jigs no matter what you use,its the nature of the lure. Make sure you use some small trailer and I wont fish a jig without attractant. A crayfish scoots backwards an inch or two or three at a time very slowly if its not alarmed,your jig should do the same. Your not under-gunned with your outfit,all rod and reels are just tools.A med-fast spinning rod with 8lb test is a great "tool" for small jigs(1/16 - 1/4) small worms (3-5" senkos,shakey heads,light texas rigs) good luck. 

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