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Hey everyone I was just wondering If anyone has some tips for jig fishing. I have been trying to learn how to jig fish all year, I have read all the articles I could find about them and still I have not caught a single jig fish. Im only 19 and I hope to some day becaome a pro Bass Fisherman, and i think that in order for me to do that I need to learn and master every tech. possable, jig fishing happens to be one of them. So if anyone has any in detail tips that might put me onto my first jig fish Id be very thankful for them.

BTW I Live in NJ and most of the lakes I fish are shallow try to remeber this when responding to my question.

Thank you all

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The first thing you need to do is learn to pitch and flip really well. Practice to the point that you can place a bait exactly where you want it softly. Learn to be quiet in your boat because shallow fish can be spooky. Try not to bump the cover or turn on your trolling motor to much try to be stealthy. Boat positioning is very important. You want to position your boat so you can make a perfect pitch to a spot the first time. You don't want to force extra distance on your pitch. Read your cover and try to identify where the bass should be positioned in the cover. Pay attention the entire time that the lure is in the water. Set the hook on anything and I mean anything different. You will come up empty alot but this will help you get the feel of what a strike feels like. Be a line watcher. When your jig enters the water strip off some extra line to let the jig hit the bottom where it was pitched and don't let it swim away from that spot because of line tention. Fish the jig in places that most people wouldn't throw into. Use gear that can handle a big fish and the heavy cover.

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and remember to go slow with that jig.  it is a crawdad and those little guys dont go zipping around underwater.  give it a hop, then hold up a sec, then try shakin the rod tip to make it dance underwater, then give it 2 hops and pause and repeat the process over again.  if u just hop it, it is called mechanical action, and that can turn off a bass from biting the jig.  also color selection is another factor.  in clear water use natural colors like brown and black skirts with a brown or black trailer, and muddy water use black and blue or black and red skirts so the fish can detect it.  also in muddy water, take into consideration using rattles on your jigs.  the loudest jigs i have found are the lunker city triple rattle back jigs and the denny brauer pro premier model jig.  also, with that denny vrauer, if your gonna buy one, make sure it is the premeir model, not just the pro model.

learn to get some confidence in these baits, they catch fish year round and ussualy produce a BIG fish.  but if u want to become a pro, master this tachnique

tight lines!!

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My experiences on Northern Lakes from 50 acres all the way to Lake Champlain is that Northern bass absolutely love and crush jigs around docks or in deep weeds.  If your lake has a distinct breakline or weed edge, take a blue jig with a black plastic craw and cast it in around the edge of this weedline (summer pattern).  Let the jig fall to the bottom, hop it slowly two or three times, wait five seconds and recast.  Don't make each cast more than 25 feet.  If the jig is not getting fouled by greenery, but hits the bottom, say 6-12 feet deep, that's good. If it gets hung up in th vegetation before getting to the bottom, keep pitching it into any holes that you see.  These could be shell beds or sandy spots and both can hold real good bass populations.  Keep moving the jig into new spots at least 10 fet from the previous one.  If you get bit, chances are that more bass are near.  Mark the spot, stop the boat and work this area thouroughly.  

The other option up north is in the presence of docks, pitch your jig all around any of the shaded areas. Again put your boat within 25 feet of your target and make repeated casts if necessary. These  docks could be from 1 to 8 feet deep. The bass will tell you if they are there. Every jig bite I've ever had in natural lakes is a distinct thump, so I think you'll know when you get bit.

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There are lots of ways to fish the Jig....Hopping slow, Hopping really fast ,Swimming, dragging...

90% of your strikes will happen on the first fall...

Summer time jiggin on a res with lots of points can be awesome...Drag them and if no bites happen try lifting it off the bottom sometimes 3-6ft if they are suspended this will work....

The bite while draggin will feel like a bluegill peck....Set the hook hard....

Blow down trees are perfect for a jig...

Learn to skip!

Under docks and hanging tree branches...

Don't be afraid to work the jig deep!  Were catching them right now down to 30ft...

Most bites are about 12-18 ft with 87deg surface temps...

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If you are going to skip a jig, use some super glue to hold the trailer in place otherwise your trailer will tear and fall off easily. You can skip with spinning tackle easily, but if you can skip with a casting outfit you can use heavier line making it possible to yank those fish out.

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