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How to Jig: A Beginner’s Guide to Jigging Fishing Method

Jigging Fishing

How to Jig: A Beginner’s Guide to Jigging Fishing Method

Jigging is a fishing method that involves abruptly snapping or popping the rod tip up to propel the bait vertically in the water column.

When learning how to jig, you can either jig straight up and down while drifting or toss the lure out and jig it back to you horizontally while reeling.

These jig fishing techniques give the appearance of an injured baitfish, enticing game fish to bite. Jigging can be useful when visiting Navarre fishing charters, helping you improve your fishing skills. 

Jig rigs come in various sizes, styles, and colors, so you can learn to jig with or without live bait. Many spoons are made for jigging because they flutter as they fall, luring fish in. Soft plastic worms, painted lead-headed hook, and feather combo jigs, known as bucktails, are used for jig fishing.

Tip: When learning how to jig, remember that you’ll need to reel in carefully if you’re casting and retrieving a jig while jigging.

How to Jig 

If you’re learning to jig fishing at Navarre Beach in Florida, here are some simple steps to follow:

  • Cast out and count a few seconds or wait until your jig hook makes contact with the bottom of the spoon.
  • Before letting the bait fall back to the bottom, raise your wrist and rod tip a short distance.
  • Jig up and down, side to side, side to side, up and down, and side to side are options.
  • Reel in a little further to tighten the line in case of a strike, then repeat.

Jigging in Saltwater

Jigging lures, often known as jigs, are some of the most versatile lures available, as they may be utilized in almost any location where fish can be found. Jigs come in various shapes, colors, patterns, and weights and can be fished in various ways to imitate baitfish. 

Perhaps the most common jigs are bucktail and vertical jigs. It’s critical to understand the distinctions between the two based on the species you wish to catch to determine the best jig for bass fishing, for example.

A bucktail jig is made of a lead head, which can come in many shapes and sizes, molded into a hook, and hair-like material connected to the bottom of the jig head. 

Because many bucktail jigs are fashioned from deer hair, the name ‘bucktail’ stems from this hair-like material. The bucktail hair and jighead are available in a range of colors. 

These bucktail jigs can be fished independently with a rubber worm, live shrimp, or other natural baits such as fish strips.

A vertical jig, often known as a speed jig, is a long, slender piece of lead or metal that cuts through the water to resemble a wounded baitfish. 

One or more dangling hooks will be fastened to a split ring that can be attached to the top or bottom of a vertical jig. Vertical jigs, commonly known as “butterfly jigs,” come in sizes ranging from 1/8oz to 14oz.

To learn how to fish with jigs, the angler must constantly jig the lure up and down by elevating and lowering the rod tip. One good strategy when learning how to jig is to drop the jig to the bottom and retrieve it quickly, flick the rod tip sporadically until the jig comes to the surface, and then repeat. 

Knowing how to set it up is essential regardless of the type of jig you use. That means each jig’s weight should correspond to the depth you’re fishing at.

Heavier jigs are needed to reach the bottom in deeper water. It’s also important to consider the tides and currents when choosing your jig weight.


Jig fishing at Navarre beach is a sport in which jig bait hooks imitate the prey of giant fish. Jig fishing should be done in substantial covers, such as where giant fish hide to await their next meal, rather than in open water. To catch fish, make sure to use a heavy-duty pole, a thick fishing line, and various jigs.

Showintail Inshore Fishing Charters in Navarre Beach, Florida, Pensacola, Destin, and Gulf Breeze offers a fun, family-friendly inshore fishing experience. Go fishing at Navarre Beach today! 

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