Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Right Jig in the Right Spot

Few fishermen use the bucktail jig these days, yet it is by far better than any plastic jig artificial that is on the market today. The keys are to use the right jig in the right spot and to fish them correctly.

I have been hammering the stripers in rough water the last few days/nights in Narragansett. Yet, I've used a number of different jigs since I was fishing different waters and conditions. The left side of Pt. Judith has been hot for the jig and float rig. This set up is ideal to use in places where it is shallow, rocky and has loads of white water and current. In this case it was a half ounce flathead jig with a plastic grub tail added that did most of the damage. The jig was hanging off about three feet of mono that was attached to a homemade wooden egg float. Just cast out and reel in letting the wave action impart the action. After dark I have been hitting the Galilee Channel. This spot has big fish lurking in deep, moving water. Here I am fishing a 1 1/2 ounce hotlips jig right along the bottom. The jig has a large strip of pork rind added to it. This set up has accounted for keeper bass in the 28-33 inch range. Finally, I have been stopping late at night at the one of the backwater bridges where the water is shallow, the bait is small and schoolies abound. In the location, I use a tiny 1/8 ounce bucktail jig with a curly tail attached, flipping out with a tiny freshwater outfit and 6 lb. test line. It is the only thing the fussy stripers will hit in this skinny water spot.

Bucktail jigs remain one of the very best striper lures to use in fall, yet few fishermen use them. You want to increase your catches, learn to fish bucktail jigs!