Jig Heads – The Most Versatile Artificial Lure

Fishing with a jig head is simply a time-tested, effective way to catch a variety of species. A jig head’s versatility allows this lure to be used in a variety of different ways to catch anything from trout in a stream to striped bass in the ocean. Whether you tip a jig head with bait, soft plastic or some skirt, jig head’s should be part of every anglers tackle box.

First, everyone should understand exactly what a jig head is. A jig head is a weighted hook. Near the eye of the hook (the eye is where the line is attached) a ball of weight has molded to the hook and painted. Often, eyespots are painted on as well to give the appearance of a head at the top of the hook. Jig heads come in various hook sizes, weights, and colors for all of the different fishing conditions one may encounter. Also, many jig heads now have a small barb near the head to help keep bait and lures in place.

I am sure we all understand that a weighted hook (a jig head) is not going to catch fish on its own, and that’s not what a jig head is designed for. A jig head is designed to be tipped with something else. Bait is the number one choice for most anglers and is easily the most effective way to catch fish. A jig head can also be tipped with soft plastic bait imitations. The soft plastics lures can last longer and cost you less in the long run than adding fresh bait to your jig after each fish. Finally, you could get a skirt to your jig head. Skirts are frilly plastic that can imitate anything from a squid to a shrimp and in general just look like food.

Properly tipping your jig head is essential to catching fish. A jig head is designed to give action to your bait or lure, so proper placement is a must. Let’s use a baitfish as an example of how to appropriately tip your jig head. First, you want to insert the hook point into the mouth of the fish and run the hook down the fish’s mouth. Then push the hook point through the back of the fish near the dorsal fin. Finally, push the entire baitfish up to the head of the jig. If your jig head has a barb near the top, make sure that you push the baitfish onto the barb. This same process would be repeated with any bait or artificial lure, simply slide the head of the bait of lure towards the head of the jig and the hook point through the back.

Now that your jig head is adequately tipped, it is time to fish it. Jig heads were designed to be jigged. Jigging is simply lifting and lowering your lure. Simply drop or cast your line out. Let the line go out until it hits the bottom of the body of water you are fishing. If you drop your line straight of the edge of a boat, lift the jig head off the bottom a couple of feet and then let it fall back to the base. Repeat this until you hook something. If you cast your jig head out lift it off the bottom and retrieve some line, let the jig head fall back to the bottom and keep lifting, recovering and dropping your jig head until you need to recast. You can jig in the middle of the water column, but unless you know that there are active fish in the water column fishing, the bottom will yield more fish.

Jig heads have been in most fishermen’s tackle for many decades and with good reason. Jig heads help to present a realistic bait to a fish, are easy to use, and are incredibly useful. Next time you plan on going out on the water make sure you are equipped with a good supply of jig heads.

Fishing Lures and Baits Intended for Sea Trout

Sea trout fishing is a favorite recreation along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. The spotted sea trout or speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) is found along the entire Gulf Coast, and north on the Atlantic to Massachusetts, though it is rare north of the Chesapeake Bay. The gray trout or weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) is found along most of the Atlantic, from Maine to Northern Florida. Both fish have similar feeding habits. Following are three of the best sea trout fishing lures and baits.

Offshoring fishing for sea troutGot-Cha Jigheads and Grubs, Top Lures for Sea Trout Fishing

Jigs for trout in saltwater (which are composed of a 3 or 4-inch curly tail grub, and a 1/4- to 1/2-ounce grub head, both by Got-Cha) are among the best baits for inshore fishing for sea trout, red drum, flounder, and bluefish. On bright, sunny days and in clear water, a root beer, smoke, or green colored grub with a white, orange, or yellow grub jighead will work very well. In stained water with lower visibility, white, chartreuse, or electric chicken grubs on chartreuse, pink, or redheads are better, as they are easier to see in the off-color water.

To fish Got-Cha grubs for sea trout, you need to cast out, targeting mainly deeper areas, such as holes and cuts, and bring them back with a jigging technique. Allow the grubs to sink, and then raise the rod tip up, and reel the slack, and repeat, so that reeling is constant and rod twitches occur every two or three seconds. The weight of the head should be adjusted according to water depth. Grub heads of at least 3/8 ounce are best for waters more than six feet in depth.

Saltwater Jerkbaits for Sea Trout Fishing Inshore

JerkbaitsJerkbaits, like Saltwater Assassin flukes, are great for speckled sea trout and weakfish. Dully colored or dark baits are best when water is clear, and brightly colored flukes are more productive in stained water.

In deeper areas, try using a jighead, and fish them like Got-Cha grubs. In the shallows, they may be caught without weight, and tugged and jerked across the surface, making them resemble struggling baitfish such as mullet, a common prey for big trout. The best times to fish the shallows with these baits are the early morning hours and the late afternoon within a few hours of sunset. Try to locate trout busting baitfish, and cast into the areas where fish are feeding.

MirrOlure, One of the Best Lures for Inshore Sea Trout Fishing

Using MirrOlureThe MirrOLure series III, a hard-bodied plastic bait is dynamite for trout in medium depth waters and the surf on calmer days. To fish this lure, steadily, and slowly reel the bait after casting it out. Work the same waters several times, as it can take a few casts for fish to locate the swimming baitfish imitation. In the shallows, a floating MirrOLure can work wonders, especially in backwater areas in the early morning and late afternoon. For deep holes, try the sinking twitch bait MirrOLure.

The above lures are all some of the best for inshore sea trout fishing. If heading out for a day on the water on the Atlantic or Gulf Coast, be sure to have some of these prime baits on board.