The Various Types of Jigs Used When Fishing

Jigging is a very popular fishing method and the jig, or lure, can be made from many different materials, including rubber and metal. The jig can be brightly coloured, which might make the lure all the more attractive to a fish and the angler tries to make the jig mimic a bait fish as it moves through the water. The jig will have at least one hook set somewhere on the body, while others have treble hooks, which increases the chance of hooking the fish when it takes the jig.

The Main Components of a Jig

A jig lure would be comprised of an eye, through which the fishing line is attached, a head, the main body and of course, the hook(s). The head is typically weighted to ensure casting some distance and the jig would be designed to look like a small fish, which both saltwater and freshwater predatory fish would feed upon. The hooks would sometimes be hidden by animal hair or feathers, which camouflages the hooks when the jig is in motion. The main body would typically be weighted and would usually be painted to look attractive when in the water, while you can attach a tail to make the lure look even more natural.

Metal Jigs

There is a fine selection of FCL Labo Metal Jigs from Fish Head, Australia’s leading fishing tackle supplier, who stocks everything the serious angler might need when fishing. These jigs can be brightly coloured and are painted to resemble a small fish, often having eyes just like a real bait fish. Metal jigs are shaped to provide the right movement when in the water, copying the actions of a small fish, which might include darting from side to side, or moving up and down in a rapid motion. Metal jigs are very popular as they are heavy enough to cast a fair distance, and once the jig has been cast into the water, the angler will use a variety of techniques to make the jig dance.

Rubber Jigs

These are generally used when the fish are directly below, as when fishing from a boat. These lures are quite lightweight and are only used when there is no casting required, while most will have trailing feathers or a clump of hair to make them look natural. Rubber jigs are ideal for vertical jigging, which would be carried out from a boat by simply letting the jig fall to the required depth and then causing it to move up and down slightly, which attracts the predatory fish.

Most experienced anglers would have many jigs in their tackle box, to give a wider choice that is suitable for a range of fish and fishing conditions, and if you are just starting out with fishing, you can buy all the equipment you need from an online supplier, who would stock an extensive range of fishing accessories including jigs of all shapes and sizes.


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