Learn the Technique of Jigging for Trout

By John Andrews | Trout

Metal looking like luresThe jigs or jigging lures are a very versatile kind of fishing lure that is capable of reaching up to 300 meters under the waters wherein you are fishing. They imitate the appearance of real bait fish for catching trout. Only they are heavier as they are made of metal and hence the capacity to go deep under the waters for a significant distance.

The Technique of Jigging for Trout, in Brief

Jigging technique for trout catchingJigging is deemed one of the most active fishing techniques or methods relative to the other fishing techniques as it requires you to move your fishing rod in a swift and irregular manner instead of just sedentarily awaiting to bait a trout.

You may flick and jerk or pop and snap your fishing rod in the vertical or horizontal direction. You can even drift or turn the fishing reel as part of the technique of jigging for trout.

The idea, basically, is that the jig will play the role of pretending to be some injured and dying bait fish which are a common prey and meal to trout.

Jigs come in a variety of shapes, colors, styles, weights and sizes. They can be used with live bait fish or they can also be independent of any other fishing lure and function as they are. When utilized with another type of fishing lure, jigs can also come along with the soft and wibbly plastic worms.

The Technique of Jigging for Trout: Step-By-Step

If you are new to learning the technique of jigging for trout, here is a simple guide to the step-by-step procedure. It will help you lure trout into their eventual capture with the use of jigs.

First off, with your fishing tackle all set, you throw out and let the jig hook descend and be completely submerged at the bottom surface of the waters wherein you are fishing. Wait for a couple of seconds until your feel that the lure has then reached the bottom.

Metal looking like luresAfter you feel the lure reach the bottom, you can now proceed to quickly moving your fishing rod sideways or in a vertical direction, yet only by a short distance every time you make the gestures or motions.

You can turn the fishing reel as is necessary or should it be helpful to trap a trout. Bear in mind to keep the fishing line tight in the event of a sudden catch.

Then just carry on repeating these steps until your first trout catch.

Metal looking like luresMetal looking like luresThe Jigging Lures for Trout According to Appearance and Composition

The two most common jigs or jigging lures are the vertical jig and the bucktail jig.

The vertical jig is also called the speed jig or butterfly jig. It is made of metal that is shaped and sculpted to imitate injured or dying bait. Its slender and long shape descends into the waters you are fishing in. A vertical jig ideally weighs between 1/8 ounce and 14 ounces.

On the other hand, there is the so-called bucktail jig. The name is derived from the use of a material that is affixed to the bottom of the jig head. That material actually comes from, real hair of a deer.

The bucktail jig is one of the time-tested fishing lures that has long proven its efficiency in trapping trout. It is also deemed more durable than plastic lures.

Why Jigging Lures Are Named as Such?

Jigging lures are named as such because the erratic yet, deliberate “jigging” movement by the angler. This is why the technique is called jigging for trout. Whichever jigging lures you may be using, it is very important to remember the weight of the jig matches with the depth of the water. The deeper the waters, the weightier the jigs should be in order for them to efficiently hit the bottom surface. Take into account also the movements and natural conditions of the water. These factors will affect your choice of jigs to use.

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