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Throwing A Jig From A Bank Techniques?

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What's up guys? So essentially I have found myself throwing a jig more and more, but I feel like I am doing it wrong.  My first technique is to throw it, let the bait fall, sit on the bottom and then drag it about 5 inches and pause it for 3 - 5 seconds.  The next technique I use it to just slightly hop the jig off the bottom while constantly reeling it back to me.  I'm primarily throwing swimming jigs (yes I do swim them), but I'll occasionally drag a football head as well.  So, I'm just curious what techniques work for you guys and if you would be willing to share them with a fairly new jig fisherman?  Tight lines and I'll appreciate any responses! 

 

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I'll take advice for throwing jigs into cover & also open water.  

 

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same thing i do but i pause a lot longer , i try to twitch the bait , keeping it in the same spot . If i don't get bit , i'll give it a couple quick hops and twitch it again . my advice is to be patient with your retrieve , don't be afraid to lenghten your " pause" , another thing i think makes a big difference in my opinion , is to use some scent !! i apply a generous amount of Pro Cure crawdad scent on my soft plastics (not on the skirt)

 

i fish a jig with a crawfish trailer , i don't fish swimjigs imitating bait fish ....

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If you use a swim jig, definitely add a paddle tail swimbait trailer if you don't already, it makes a big difference. Your dragging and hopping technique sounds on par, maybe try casting down the shoreline instead of straight out, aim for overhanging trees, rocks, pads, etc. that are near the shoreline. bass'll often be there looking for craws, frogs, and insects so maybe try that if you didn't before.

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Whatever else you might or might not do, stay in touch with your bait. (not applicable to swim jigs, kinda hard to not stay in touch with those)

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Jig fishing isn't easy, from shore it becomes very difficult because you are restricted to what angle of retrieve is available. Working a jig up hill on the bottom takes more skill to avoid hanging the jig up than working it down hill or parallel to the bottom slope. You shouldn't have an issue keeping in touch with a jig working deep to shallow, so use a lighter weight jig with a larger size trailer. A jig and big worm or creature for example can be effective uphill presentation. From shore I prefer using a sliding sinker T-rig, fewer hang ups, the trailer can float better.

The goal is catching bass, not forcing something that maybe difficult to present properly.

The pace you fish any lure depends on what the bass react to, it's up to you to figure that out.

Tom

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you can swim any jig, really. Paddle tail swimbaits and chunks both work great for that. I like to cast it, dead stick it, picture the skirt flaring and claws floating under as it sits there, and then either slowly drag it, and pause it for a while, or double pump it off the bottom like a fleeing crawfish and dead stick it again. Repeat until your line jumps or swims away.

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