Plano Outdoors Tips on Selecting Leadheads for Tube Jigs with Joe Balog (Video)
This video is presented by professional angler Joe Balog as he discusses the jighead designs for fishing flats or rocky areas....read more
First and foremost, the big difference comes whether you’re going to fish rocks or fish flats with grass. For strictly rock pile fishing, like on Lake Eerie or places on Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan, I mainly use a ninety degree Jig Head tube jigs. Here’s an example of that. By ninety degrees, what’s meant is the angle of the hook point from the eye down the shaft is a ninety degree angle.
In contrast to that, for fishing around grass and on flats, I mainly use a sixty degree angle hook. You can see the difference between the ninety and the sixty, the angle is different. The main reason for that is the sixty degree angle head will come through grass and weeds a lot better than a ninety. On a ninety, the grass gets caught right in that ninety degree angle, whereas on a sixty, the bait slides through the grass a little better. Obviously, we’re talking about sticking all of these inside jigs.
The ninety degree bend, when fishing deep structure – stick it in the tube, that’s kind of a crude way of rigging it real quick there – but a ninety degree bend, when I lift my bait and lift my jig up, the bait doesn’t glide as much on the bottom. It actually tips. That’s a factor that most people really don’t consider. Whenever you’re dragging a tube jig around rocky structure for small-mouth, every time it tips, it looks like a natural defence mechanism of a craw fish. It looks like a gobi trying to scurry up underneath and around a rock.
Tipping baits catch a lot of fish. Plus, a ninety, when I jig it, it doesn’t come up way up the bottom. It kind of lifts and falls back down. That’s a big difference between ninety and sixty.
We were just talking about the difference between a ninety degree angle jig heads and sixty degree angle jig heads when fishing with tube jigs. I want to show you a few variations of tube heads that I use for difference situations and I’ll tell you exactly why that is.
The one I showed as a ninety is just a pure cylinder style head. But there are variations in that, too. In this, all the lead is in the forward section of the head whereas on this ninety degree, the lead is tapered throughout the hook. Both of these weigh three-eighths of an ounce and both of them have a pretty similar hook which we’ll talk about. But because of the taper, because that lead is spaced further back in that jig, the action of the tube, instead of up and down will be more of a glide and more of a potential spiral on the fall.
But if I’m fishing in real deep water for small mouths, on the great lakes fishing around rock piles and potentially rough water, the last thing I want is for my bait to come up off the bottom. It’s hard enough to get a bait to the bottom in five and six foot waves. In that case, you want most of your lead forward on the hook. That’s the reason that I have designed for me these old style pill heads.
If you look at those three different heads, they kind of go from most tapered lead to least tapered. In the pill head, all the lead is in the front of the hook and most of it is actually forward and below this pull point of the hook. What that means is when you pull the pill head, it really tips back and it makes short little movements on the bottom in contrast to one that would glide more. From just working my bait in rock piles on the bottom, with a pill head I can really stay in contact with the bottom.
I see people that use jigs that really twist their lines. It’s true, a tube does spiral and some will twist your line. What you want to do, though, is when you rig a bait, you want the eye and the hook point to be in line. That one’s real close.
Let me show you a little bit about how to do that. Take your tube, take your job – I usually actually spit on my jig, it gives it a little bit of lubrication to go up in the tube – push the tube in the bait. What I do is I search for the exact tentacles of where I need to put that jig head so that I’m all lined up. You can see on this jig it’s actually tore a little bit – I’ll tear that hook point through so that I’ve actually created a little gap there and that hook rests real nice and straight. That will reduce the amount of line twist you get. It will reduce the spiral of the tube. More importantly, when you do hook a fish on it, it really lets the tube fold over so you get the maximum hook penetration.
That’s a little crash course on tube jigs and the different heads. As you can see by my box, I’ve got heads for every application in here for a day of fishing – everything from this giant three-quarters to the little quarters for most of my applications on Lake Eerie and Lake Saint Claire and the great lakes.
The other thing is, I keep them in a waterproof box. I think that’s a no-brainer, with the cost of jig heads and things these days. You need a box like this one that’s got several latches and it’s got a waterproof gasket all the way around it. I got a lot of money invested right there because a little bit of water will just ruin your day.
I’m Joe Balog!
Fishing 101 When to Use a Jig Head (Video)
This video is with professional angler Gene Ellison as he discusses the characteristics and uses for jigheads....read more
Fishing with a Jig Head is an awful lot of fun and a successful way to catch fish.
This is a Jig Head. It’s weighted in the front which allows the bait to dive and fall deeper into the water with the hook coming out of the back. It’s easy to rig.
I like to fish the Jig Head with a worm. It’s one of the most successful ways to catch fish. You simply thread that worm all the way up onto the Jig Head just like that, and the hook will be exposed. It will stick out just like that. You can cast it, let the weight carry it to the bottom. You can swim it to the bottom, you can swim it at different depths.
This is a terrific way to use the Jig Head with the worm. Again, that’s called a Jig and Worm.