Here in the north country, the venerable jig worm combination is one of the
best go to presentations on earth. It catches all species of fish from walleyes
to large crappies and is easy to use. Here is a jig worm primer.
1.) Jig Choice
Always go with the lightest jig head possible. The biggest mistake anglers
make is using a jig that is way too heavy. A very light, 1/16th .oz jig head is the
ticket for all situations. You want a light jig head because the fall of the bait
is slow and critical to success. I prefer a long shanked, light wire jig which
easily pulls out of wood and debris much better than the typical heavy wire jig.
2.) Worm Choice
There is no doubt the rib style or ringworm style worm is tops. The contour
of the rib style worm allows the fish to hold the bait longer and is far superior
to the standard, slim worm. Color doesn't matter as it is more about putting it in the
proper spot ! I really like the 6 inch length which is perfect for bass and walleyes
and keeps the pesky sunfish off.
3.) The "Scootch"
The retrieve is all about the "scootch"....a term I use for working the jig worm back
to the boat. It's not a constant retrieve but rather a slow and methodical retrieve in
short bursts. Use your rod tip to work that back in short sequences. Keep the rod
tip at 12 O'clock high and it will skip over weeds and debris.
If you had to choose just one bait for the north country lakes, the jig worm
is at the top of the list !