How to Choose the Right Jig Head

How to choose the right jig head

With the arrival of the soft lure, fishermen have seen the shelves fill with an essential accessory for this fishing: The jig head! The range is extraordinary and it is often difficult to choose.

From the classic head to the specialized head made only for a lure, the shapes, sizes, their armament and often their color, I am spoiled for choice.

Just follow my step-by-step guide on how to choose the right jig head!

How to choose the right jig head according to the fishing situation!

Basically, the jig head makes it possible to effectively propel a soft lure then depending on the weight to make it evolve to the desired depth. But nowadays the choice is more technical. The jig head allows us to influence the swimming of the lure, the presentation of this one on the bottom, and embellish our soft lure with details close to reality.

So why such a choice and in which situation to choose one jig head more than another? This is what I will try to explain in this article.

What weight, for what situation?

Surely the part or the beginner angler encounters the most problems! The choice of weight depends on many factors:

  • The depth of the fishing area
  • The stream
  • The type of fishing
  • The type of lure

Soft lure fishing is generally done by animating the lure close to the bottom, so your choice will be made with this in mind without restricting the lure. So you have to find the lightest weight while staying close to the bottom!

How to choose the weight of your jig
𝗜𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗷𝗶𝗴 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻!

For classic fishing, some fishermen apply the rule of one gram per meter while for vertical fishing, they multiply the water depth by two to obtain the basic weight. After that, it is necessary to adjust to the tide, the wind and the waves if you’re on a boat!

A fairly complicated rule to apply because you have to know the height of the water, in a boat it’s fine but from the edge….

For my part, depending on the type of fishing, I don’t use the same sinker, here’s a non-fixed idea!

Linear fishing:

  • Up to 5m = From 3 to 7gr
  • From 5 to 10m = From 7 to 15gr
  • 10m and more = From 15 to 25gr

Vertical fishing:

  • Up to 5m = From 10 to 15gr
  • From 5 to 10m = From 15 to 20gr
  • 10m and more = From 20 to 30gr

Rules that adjust according to the situation, tide, wind, and braid diameter!

The shape of the jig head!

The shapes of the jig heads allow a very specific action in the water, it is important to understand them to use them wisely!

Choosing the Right Jig Head
𝗝𝗶𝗴 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗲𝘀, 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲!
  • The round-type jig head: Surely one of the first head shapes used by fishermen. Ideal for linear fishing or on the fly. It influences very little the swimming of the lure and is used in many situations. Moreover, it is very cheap.
  • The football-type jig head: An oval shape making it easier to explore congested bottoms!
  • The hoof-type jig head: It is particularly suitable for prospecting close to the bottom. It remains stable on the bottom and allows you to perform various animations such as tremors and small vibrations.
  • The stand-up jig head: Ideal for letting the lure work on the bottom! The angle formed by the hook makes it possible to position the soft lure upside down and caudal in the air like a fish in the process of feeding!
  • The tapered jig head: Allows you to work at great depths and adapts particularly well to sandeel-type lures while keeping a streamlined profile to quickly reach the bottom and be less affected by the current.
  • The fish jig head: For increased realism when the fish is wary! These jig heads generally match the color of the lure used, the eyes reinforce the reality under water. A head that can make the difference.
  • The flat and curved jig head: Modifies the swimming of the lure by giving it a hovering side or even for some slight oscillation.

The armament of the jig head

In cocking, I mean the hook (its shape and size) and eyelet. Armament can play a role in lure swimming, predator attack and animation!

  • The hook: If it is too big compared to the size of the lure, it will restrict the swimming of this one. If it is too small, the failures will be numerous. Quality is also essential: the VMC and Owner hooks are reputable and solid! Some heads are equipped with articulated hooks, this only slightly restricts the lure and offers a most attractive swim. Finally, some heads are equipped with Texan hooks, ideal for very congested areas!
  • The eyelet: The position of the eyelet influences the stroke and the presentation of the lure. A central eyelet for vertical fishing, an eyelet on the back for a perfect balance while an eyelet on the front will allow horizontal prospecting!

A few tips!

Here are some tips/tricks regarding jig heads.

  • – A point of glue between the lure and the jig head allows better maintenance of the whole.
  • – Do not leave your lures armed with their head especially when it contains attractant, the hook can oxidize and the lure will have to be thrown away!
  • – You no longer have a round jig head? An angled hook and buckshot of the desired weight can help you out.

Final Thoughts

Each year a new jig head arrives on the market and many anglers are lost in front of the jig head department. You must think carefully about your fishing action before any purchase! I hope this little guide will help some anglers.

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Liam Dean is a Professional Blogger and Outdoor Enthusiast. He completed Masters in Sports Sciences and spend all of his free time doing sports and other outdoor activities. During vacations, he goes hunting, fishing and mountaineering.

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