Jig Heads Buying Guide
The Jig Head is an important part of a jig. A jig is a fishing lure, usually consisting of a lead weight, a hook and some soft material such as feathers or plastic, that produces a swim in the water to attract fish to bite.
The jig head is usually made of lead. The length of the hook shank depends on what lure you intend to use, with smaller sized hooks being best for smaller lures and longer sized hooks being best for worms or grubs. When choosing the colour of the jig head, take into account factors such as the environment of the water you are in (e.g. clarity). A dark jig head is more appropriate for clear waters. In waters with low visibility, using a bright color will increase its visibility and attract fish more, as many fish are visual feeders, and it is important for the fish in the water to see your lure.
Picking the right weight is critical when choosing a jig head. Depending on the depth of the water and the type of fish you intend to catch, make sure to allow your jig to sink deep enough, but not too fast. The ideal jig weight is between 3/8 and 1/2 ounce.
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Types of Jig Heads
Jig heads have been on the market for many years and have evolved into many types.
This type of Jig Heads are available in straight or tapered cylindrical shapes, and they are perfect for use inside the hollow body of a tube jig head. The hook shank is longer than normal, which helps the hook point of the Tube Jig Heads to be as close to the end of the lure as possible.
Darter Jig Heads present a conical or bullet body. With an overall streamlined design and a smooth contour that facilitates it to cut through the water, this type of Jig heads is suitable for fishing in places where the current is strong.
Ball Jig Heads are considered one of the most popular forms of Jig heads. The head is a symmetrical ball design, which allows it to paddle quickly across the surface and sink quickly to a certain depth, with minimal movement when falling into the water, so that it does not easily disturb the surrounding fish.
Most of the Shaky Jig Heads have wire, springs or other types of keepers to keep the soft bait very firmly attached for use with a bionic worm. Jig Heads are shaped to keep the hook and bait from falling perfectly to the bottom of the water.
Swimbait Jig Heads are designed to be flatter compared to the previous types of Jig heads, it has a larger surface area and some will be designed in the shape of a fish head with three-dimensional eyes, used with soft lures to make it more like a real fish.
In addition to some common Jig heads, you will usually find that the Jig heads you buy will more or less have a collar design.
Collars of Jig Heads
The collars also come in different designs, all of which are attached directly to the back of the jig heads. Barbed collars have a small point, sometimes two, and this type is used to hold plastic lures in place, giving them added resistance and preventing them from falling off.
Some advanced collar designs have screw locks or wire brackets to better grip the plastic lures attached to the back.
Ball collars have a small nub to hold the plastic lure, and while not as strong as the above types, it prevents the line from slipping off as the hook is threaded with plastic or feathers.
Other jigs may not have any collar design, just a jig head's shape. Such as a live bait jig.
How To Choose The Right Colour Jig Head?
Choosing the right colour jig head has a lot to do with fishing conditions and the angler's confidence. Many anglers use two-colour jigs to increase the visibility of their lures in the water, making it easier for discerning fish to spot their targets and thus increase their chances of catching a fish.
Natural, primary, fluorescent, metallic and luminous finishes are all available. Some painted jigs also have a protective layer of varnish, which effectively protects the painted surface layer and makes the paint less likely to peel off if it is submerged in water for a long period of time. Some high-end Jig heads come with eye designs that are very fine, and the three-dimensional appearance as well as the high grade dyes make them come to life.