Choosing Your Fishing Gear

Jess KContributor IIIDecember 1, 2010

There are many choices out on the market when it comes to terminal fishing tackle. Some of these options are rather simple and straight forward whereas others can seem elaborate and complex. All of these pieces of fishing gear have the potential to be as expensive as you can imagine. However, chances are, if you stick with a jig head for inshore fishing opportunities, you are likely to come out rather successful.

The product you choose should be made from lead or another kind of metal that is non-polluting. These pieces also come in a variety of sizes and shapes.

I prefer to opt for anything in between 1/8 of an ounce all the way up to as much as ¾ of an ounce. The hooks that you use with these pieces should increase accordingly in size as well beginning with a #1 and on up to a 5/0. Choosing the size is also dependant on many different elements as well.

It is important to keep in mind that, when used correctly, a smaller fishing hook can often hook an rather large fish. Depending on the depth of and speed of the water, the sink rate of this hook can change.

In water that is rather shallow, you should always attempt to stay with the lightest jig possible that you can still cast your bait with. This will enable you to work with your lure without fearing that it might be hanging on the bottom. If you choose to fish using a grub tail, this will give you more of a natural look as well as movement.

You can also choose to use a jig that is slightly heavier. This should be around 3/8 of an ounce. If you prefer that your lure gets down into the water, this is especially effective. Using baits such as small crabs or shrimp will mean you will want to stick with a jig that is somewhat lighter. This will allow the lure to drop in a natural way throughout the water.

Depending on which kind of fish you are fishing for, it may not be a good idea to use a 5/0 hook with a jig if you intend on the fish getting the entire lure into its mouth. A good bass fishing tip to remember to adjust your lures to accommodate the size of the fish you are looking for.

Choosing the size of jig is a rather basic choice. As long as you use common sense, be sure that you can visualize how your bait will move within the water and determine which depths you will want to have it rest at. This will help you determine everything that you need.