With the current monsoon taking place in lower Michigan, I cannot help but think about jigging on the lake come springtime. Don’t get me wrong, trolling his highly effective and I will still get that rush of anticipation when the double action flag on my Church Tackle planer board gets pulled back. When it comes the spring season though, jigging on the lake is just a different ballgame, it’s going back to the basics and just a whole different type of thrill.
Whether you are a ripping a blade bait or thumping the bottom with a hair jig, the weight of a fish makes your heart skip a beat with anticipation of what will be at the other end of the line. Each type of lure has a time and place, and generally speaking they can be used in all conditions, but I narrow them down to water clarity. In the muddy soup the blade baits really come through and they work well in that transition into cleaner water. The hair jigs work for me during that transition area too, but really shine when fishing in clean water. The muddier the water, the darker the presentation, transition zones are when I like a white based lure and then in clean water give me something natural or off the wall color pattern like those on the crankbaits when trolling.
When it comes to rods, I have tried a lot of the rods from St. Croix and really like the somewhat longer ones that have an extra fast action for the jigs. Some are medium light, but most are medium and they vary from 6’8″ to 6’9″ inches in length. The shorter 6’3″ MXF can be used specifically for the blade baits, but the longer medium action rods also excel with this method. The one thing I do not want is a wimpy soft action rod, but want to feel the weight of the fish and drive the hook home on the set.
Whether you are fishing the reefs in Ohio, or dumping grounds in Michigan, jigging gives the angler the chance to get back to the basics. The feel of the fish on lure, fighting it all the way to the surface and finally getting it into the boat. So, with the current monsoon weather currently in our area, its time to break out the gear, spool some reels and get ready for the fantastic fishing we have ahead of us!