Each jig head has it’s purpose, as does the hook you use. The weight of your head and size of your hook all play a role in different fishing situations and conditions. You can define a jig head as a weighted hook. The most important elements of your jig is the shape, the weight and the size of your hook. What depth you are fishing, the current, the type of bait you are using and the aggressiveness of the fish themselves all impact the type of jig you should be using. There are dozens of shapes and sizes of jig heads available today, for every fishing situation. Below are the main types of jig heads for fishing along with their uses.
Darter Heads - Darter heads are used for fishing finesse soft plastics, such as single and double-tail grubs.
Round Heads - The most commonly used jigs. They are for fishing split tail and small grubs. They can also be used for tying bucktails and marabou jigs such as our SmallieSpins.
Tube Heads - Designed for fishing tube plastics. These heads are used to insert into hollow tube baits.
Swimbait Heads - These heads are used when fishing swimbaits, most of these heads have wire keepers to secure your baits. You need to match your hook size with the size or your baits, for example, a 3” swimbait would use a 3/0 hook.
Shakey Heads - Jig heads that are usually ball shaped, with some having a flat spot at the tip. Most have 60 or 90 degree hook-eye angles. Used when fishing small straight worms.
Swinging Heads - The swinging head jig adds motion and provides more action than other standard jig types.
Weedless Heads - Weedless jig heads are used with silicone or rubber skirts and rubber trailers. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are good for fishing in heavy cover.
Stand-Up Heads - Similar to the shakey heads, stand-up heads are flat at the head to enable the jig to stand up under water. They have a 60 degree jig eye and are typically fished with small finesse worms.
Have you ever wanted to change the color of your tails on your worms, grubs or tubes. Well you can and all you need to do is get yourself some Spike-It Dip-N-Glo Plastic Worm Dye. These dyes are specifically designed for soft plastics. Spike-It comes in many different colors, both scented and non scented, and makes improving your soft plastics easy. Spike-It Dip-N-Glo allows you to permanentaly change or add color to your worms, grubs, tubes and any other soft baits while the bite is on. You will be surprised, that just by changing the color of the tail on your worm can make a big difference.
Adding fish attractant can prove successful in increasing your catch. However, it is more appropriate in certain fishing situations than others. If your bottom bouncing jigs and getting soft pickups by bass, adding attractant gives the fish a reason to hold on longer and allow you to set the hook. Another time it may prove effective to add fish attractant is when fishing dense vegetation. The scent helps fish find your lure more easily and it also helps mask any human scent you may be adding every time you flip the jig into the weeds.
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