The Most Important Components Of The Jig Presentation

What are the most important components of the jig presentation?

While the actual specifics depend on the day you are fishing (is the water cloudy or clear, smooth or choppy, cool or warm?), there are some components that you should always consider.


COLOR – This is important in catching the attention of your target.  When you present your jig in clear water, you want it to resemble natural forage fish, such as minnows.  That means that your purple and chartreuse lures should be saved for a day in murky waters.  Here, you’ll apply natural colors, like gray, smoke, silver, and brown, using the jigs that are also shaped more like minnows and other feed fish.


SIZE – Never use a jig that’s too big – you won’t get a bite all day.  If it’s too big for the fish’s mouth, it won’t even try to take a nibble, much less take a solid bite.  At the same time, make sure it’s large enough to create an interest, as well as to sink to the appropriate level for your target that day.  This is also important on windy days so that your jig doesn’t just fly away or drift to whatever point the wind carries it.  Weight and size can help you stay on target.


TECHNIQUE – There are a number of techniques you can use:  swimming, bottom bouncing, trolling, etc.  Choose one that usually works for you and stick with it.  On a bad day when this isn’t working for you, try something else.  Remember that, outside of spawning season, you’ll find that trolling is probably your most effective means of fishing for crappie.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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