Four Crappie Jigs – how and when to use them

When fishing for crappies, jigs is one of the best artificial lures to use. These lures are so versatile that they can be used in most any situation and they seem to always get results. Even if you carry a small tackle box with you when you fish, it’s a good idea to at least have a variety of jigs with you. Some anglers even considered them to be an essential part of crappie fishing gear that you should never leave home without. They work that well!

Crappies can be found all over the nation and in all types of water. For this reason, you can fish for them no matter where you live. They’re a small species but will put up a great fight for their size once hooked. These are some of the reasons why crappies are such a popular sport fish. They also have a sweet taste that many people love so reeling in a mess of crappies turns into a delicious meal. They’re fairly easy to catch but they can take spells when they’re stubborn and won’t take your offering. This is when anglers turn to crappie jigs.

Jigs come in many different sizes and colors making it easy to find something that will get the attention of the crappie regardless of when or where you’re fishing. Jigs can be fished in clear or murky water and they can be used in any type of water from the smallest pond to the largest river. There are both shallow and deep water jigs available so no matter what type of fishing you’re doing, jigs work perfectly.

Below are four of the most popular crappie jigs used today and a brief description on how and when to use them:

1. One of the oldest jigs sold today (which has been around since the sixties) is called the Sting Ray Grub. This one gives off the illusion of hopping and bouncing around on the bottom and it drives the crappies wild. The way you rig the grub will determine how it will perform when fishing. For example, if you rig the tail vertically it will dive straight down and it will move more erratically if you rig the tail horizontally.
2. If you’re searching for a simple jig that performs well in weeds, try the weedless bucktail jig. This is an excellent choice to use when fishing around brush piles, submerged trees and similar structures. It’s designed to not get hung up as easily as other types so you can spend more time fishing and less time untangling or cutting your line.
3. The curly tail jig is one of the most popular choices among fishermen. This jig will wiggle through the water similar to a baitfish and it can be used with most any method you enjoy using. It’s even more effective when combined with slow retrievals so take this into consideration.
4. Tube jigs are a great choice when fishing with extra long crappie rods. These are designed with a tapered head which helps to reduce the damage done to the skirt and it helps to hold it on as well. For the best result, cast the jig around structures and slowly reel back in.

There are many different styles and sizes available and they vary in prices too. With so many different crappie jigs to choose from it can be difficult making a decision as to which ones to use but the four listed above always seem to get excellent results. Crappies can see very well so you’ll need to change colors based on the water conditions in order to get the most out of each fishing trip. Therefore, it’s important to collect a variety of colors and sizes.

Once you choose the type of jig to use your next decision will be what size to fish with. As a general rule it’s a good idea to choose the lightest one you can that still gets the results you’re searching for. It’s recommended that you always carry a variety of jigs with you. Being well armed with a good selection of jigs will greatly increase the number of bites you get.

After you have a nice collection started, it’s important to learn how to maximum their effectiveness. This is done by learning how to present them correctly. With practice, you can learn how to glide the jig through the water making it imitate the natural movement of the actual baitfish. Once you master your presentation, you’ll begin to receive more bites and eventually reel in more fish.

Over time, you can begin to expand your collection of jigs and try ones that you wouldn’t normally use. By experimenting, you’ll learn what works the best during any given situation. You may find jigs that work well in a variety of scenarios that you never even expected to get results from.

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