What is a Maribou jig?

What is a Maribou Jig?

A Maribou jig is a type of lure used when fishing and is greatly used when fishing for Crappie. A lot of fishermen have said that on a day when Crappie are being awkward and really do not wish to bite, they can pull out a Maribou jig and it can make a huge difference.

To explain how a marabou jig looks you just have to think of a thick pipe cleaner with a lot of excess material at the back end that looks like a big tail, they look almost home made to the untrained eye.

A Maribou jig is a small jig compared to others on the market. The jig has a furry body with an artificial eye on the end of the jig where the eye hole of the hook is, and has a big fluffy tail that spreads out at the rear.

Unlike other jigs, the feathery tail of the Maribou jig covers the hook so it is not very visible to the fish, this possibly does not make a difference to catching Crappie, but could also be a hidden advantage.

There are three types of fishing that Maribou jigs are best suited to, these are vertical jigging, using under a bobber and finesse fishing. Finesse fishing is probably the best method for using a Maribou jig for catching Crappie.

Maribou jigs are a great tool when fishing for Crappie as they really entice the fish to take a bite; they come in many different colors, which are believed to make a big difference depending on the water type fished, and are quite strong jigs that last a long time.


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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