A jig has to rank as one of the most versatile lures in a bass angler’s tackle box. You can cast, pitch, flip, skip, swim, shake or crawl a jig to coax bass into biting depending on the mood of the fish.
Today’s jigs come in a variety of styles, sizes and colors, so deciding which jig to use becomes a challenge for novice anglers in particular. Some of the most common jig styles used by the pros today include casting, flipping, swimming, finesse and football jigs.
Catch Co and the Googan Squad are introducing a new line of Googan Squad Jigs. To start off, we’re going to break down the Googan Squad Thicc Jig and the Googan SQuad Juicee Jig.
The Googan Squad Juicee Jig
An arkie style jig is the oldest style of bass jigs and they continue to catch plenty of fish in a variety of ways.
I usually throw my Googan Squad Juicee Jig on a 12-17 pound test. A 7-foot medium-heavy rod is my choice for casting the Juicee Jig to rocky structure.
This jig also features a flat-bottom head and a compact body which makes it an all-purpose lure that can be skipped under docks or pitched to sparse cover. Add a flat-sided plastic trailer for increased skipping ability.
This jig also excels when dragged along rocky points, flats, bluffs and other offshore structures at depths of 5 to 20 feet.
I like to cast this jig along bluffs and stair-step it down ledges to catch bass at depths of 10 to 20 feet. I also crawl or hop the Juicee Jig along rocky banks in the spring when bass are feeding on crayfish in the shallows. The flat-bottom head allows me to crawl the jig over the rocks without snagging.
The Googan Squad Thicc jig
The Googan Squad Thicc Jig features a thick, strong Mustad hook capable of withstanding powerful hook sets and winching bass out of heavy cover. So the jig is ideal for short-line presentations to bass in shallow cover. The Thicc Jig also has a thick, U-shaped weedguard to prevent the lure from snagging in heavy cover. The jig is also designed with a streamlined head so it glides through the cover better.
A flipping jig works best for me when I am fishing shallow murky water in the spring or fall. I flip the jig on fluorocarbon line ranging in size from 17- to 25-pound test with a 7 1/2-foot flipping stick. My favorite targets for flipping a jig are flooded bushes, laydown logs, shallow brush piles and behind cables at the back ends of boat docks.
The presentation of a flipping jig is simple. Most of the time I just flip it to the target and let it fall to the bottom and watch my line closely because the bite frequently occurs on the initial fall. Delivering the jig with a quiet entry is essential for flipping to shallow bass. If the jig reaches the bottom, I might hop it or shake it a couple times to draw a bass’ attention to the lure. I let the jig sit for a second or two and then reel it back in to flip to the next target.