An Introduction and how to guide for Jigger Fishing
Updated: Nov 3, 2022
When Jigger fishing, you will need to select a very long fishing pole (commonly seen when carp fishing) used with a short and heavy-duty line. The line is usually a foot (0.3 m) or less of 50 lb (220 N) test or heavier. This is to handle larger species of fish, stopping them from breaking.
Generally, a decent-sized lure or bait is attached to the end, manually working around the shoreline and cover. When casting is unavailable, the lure or bait can be presented by placing the tip of the fishing pole into the water. A ‘jigger pole’ refers to a joint placement that extends the mast of the rod.
Setting a ‘Jigga’ that can be used in one of these poles is relatively simple compared to other rigs. The main difficulty with these rigs is finding the fish you are targeting are currently feeding at. Fish feed at different depths due to temperature, pressure and overall weather conditions. If you are unsure of what depth to fish at, it is best to experiment with trial and error methods.
Jigger rigs are an excellent summer method for carp feeding in shallow waters. They will allow you to cover more depth of water.
It is recommended to use a thick line to slide through the body of the Jigga float easily. It is allowing the hook bait to fall straight down—approximately 2ft from the pole-tip. To fix a float stop to the line, thread the float through and place the stop in place slightly below this.
Make sure to set the two float stops apart. They need to be at the depth you think the fish will be at to increase yours. When the float reaches the top stop, the bait will be at its total depth. Once you move the rod/pole slowly, the float will stay in the water, but the line will pass through, pulling the hook bait up in the water until it hits bottom again to stop.
Alternative Methods To A Jigger Setup
Jigger fishing is commonly used when carp and bass fishing. Therefore, using regular car bait rods are a casual alternative. Using bait rods means you will need to cast, and targeting fish may be more difficult.
Why A Jigger Is A Superior Choice
Tapping your pole will gently vibrate and move the bait. This extra movement can trigger a fish to strike. Using this method of fishing means you do not need to cast. You can simply extend your pole. The benefit of not needing to cast means you can fish in smaller locations that other anglers may not be able to target. You will also no longer need extra weight to cast your weight. Therefore saving significant amounts of money that is usually spent on weights. Casting can also be a difficult challenge that can take some practice to get used to. Therefore, jigger fishing is an excellent way of fishing for any new angler with minimal experience.
How Would You Go About Setting Up A Jigger Rig?
Firstly, you will need to add a float stop to the top of your line. Then a simple jigger float. The jigger float will need to move up and down a section of the line freely. Place a float stop (rubber bands or bead) underneath the float to stop it from moving any lower on the line. Add No.8 drop shot onto the mainline. This will add weight to stabilise your bait in the water. Tie a hook (size 16 to 18) onto the end of the mainline. The rig is completed.
What Should You Take With You When Jigger Fishing?
It is recommended to have a professional setup when jigger fishing. Listed below are items that can help improve the fishes safety and handling, your comfort and items that can increase your chances of catching more fish.
● A carp box chair - easy storage, improved comfort and ideal for older anglers.
● Landing net - rubber landing nets will help improve the capture of your fish when jigger fishing.
● Barbless hooks - hooks without barbs can be removed easier.
Head torches - when fishing at night, these come in handy but ensure you do not shine
them onto the water as this will spook the fish you are trying to catch.
● Landing mat - A landing mat can place a fish onto when planning on returning it. This
helps to prevent the fish from inflicting damage on itself. Keep the mat wet before use.
● Scales and a tape measure - Many anglers will weigh and measure large fish for competitions. Entering local club competitions can win you cash prizes and fishing accessories.
● Bait variety - bring different types of bait. Some may work better in different conditions. Maggots and earthworms are recommended for carp species.
● A camera and notebook - record your catches, what worked best, what to improve.
Therefore, you will remember for future fishing trips.
. Pre Bait & Slingshot - when jigger fishing, it is recommended to pre bait an area before fishing it. Bring extra ground bait that is scented, and using a slingshot, scatter it around the area you wish to fish. Leave it for some time; fish should be attracted to the area and easier to catch.
It is recommended to pre-rig your jigger rigs before coming fishing. This means you will not waste any time when at the bank. Jigger fishing is the perfect style of fishing for those that cannot stand, cast and move lots. This style of fishing is relaxing and enjoyable when done correctly. Ensure you have all the correct gear and thoroughly understand how to set up your rigs correctly. Simple tips such as tapping your rod often and pre-baiting can help significantly improve your chances of catching a fish.
by Daniel ONeill