Want To Get Bass Biting This Winter? Use These Jigs To Enhance Your Chances Of A Catch…

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This article will provide you with the best jig options when fishing for bass this winter. It’s important to note that there are various different jigs that are specifically used for saltwater bass fishing and lake bass fishing. The step by step guide will help you understand how to make the jig and in depth information will provide examples of where or when the jig is most successful.



Texas Rig


The Texas rig is one of the most popular and used rigs for bass fishing. The Texas jig allows you to fish with a soft plastic worm close to or in cover, such as weeds. In order to prepare and make this jig, you’ll need a special cone-shaped weight and a “worm hook”. These are designed to be threaded through the worm so that the main point of the hook is not on show. This allows the rig to work through weeds or heavy cover without getting snagged.

How to prepare a Texas Jig
  1. Slip a cone-shaped weight through your main line, with the bottom of the cone facing the end of the line.
  2. Tie on your weedless worm hook.
  3. Add a soft plastic worm to the hook through the nose of the worm. Push the end of the hook in ¼ of an inch and then push it out of the side of the worm at a 90-degree angle. Push the whole hook out the side until you reach the eyelet.
  4. Once you get to the eyelet, rotate the hook so the hooks point is pointed back towards the body of the worm.
  5. Next, lay the hook to the side of the worm keeping the worm straight. Keep track of where the bend of the hook intersects the bottom of the worm. That’s where you want to insert the hook point and then thread it into the body of the worm.

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The Ned Rig


During the winter months, largemouth bass can become very lethargic. Therefore, the ned rig is one of the best rigs to use during the fall and winter months. Smaller types of bait will tend to be more successful during this time of the year as the bass tend to not chase larger bait with more movement.
 
Learning how to fish with a ned rig is very important but before doing so you will need to know how to setup the soft plastic bait and jig head. These 3 simple steps will teach you in no time.

How to prepare the Ned Rig
  1. Using a 3-inch soft plastic bait, insert the hook portion of a 1/16-ounce mushroom jig head (made with a size 1 or 2 hook) into the top of the bait.
  2. Next, push the hook down to approximately 1-inch through the center of the bait. Ensure the hook then comes out the side of the bait so the hook is exposed.
  3. Finally, you’ll need to attach the Ned Rig to approximately 6 feet of 8-pound fluorocarbon leader material and then attach to it your main line using a line-to-line connection. An example of this is the Uni-to-Uni knot.

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Drop-shot Rig



A Drop shot rig is also popular when fishing for bass. They allow you to fish for bass that are feeding near the bottom of the water. Drop-shot rigs are also great rigs when fishing for catfish and a variety of other species. It consists of a weight and a hook tied inline thus allowing the shank to be parallel to the bottom. The palomar knot is a great way to use with this bass rig setup. The hook should face upwards which will help keep it from snagging.

How to prepare a Drop-shot Rig
  1. First, double your line and pass it through the eye of the hook. It is important you leave enough of a tag end to tie your weight later on. Tie an overhand knot but do not pull it tight, allowing the hook to dangle.
  2. Pull the loop from your overhead knot over the hook and tighten by pulling both parts of the line. (you have essentially tied a Palomar knot on your hook).
  3. Take your tag line and run it through the eye of your hook again. The goal is to get the hook to stick out at a 90-degree angle from the main line so that the shank of the hook is parallel to the bottom.
  4. Now tie your weight to the tag end of the line.
  5. Finally, add your choice of bait to the hook (lure or plastic worm)

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