Finesse Jig Fishing for Deep Water Smallmouth

Finesse Jig Fishing for Deep Water Smallmouth

By: Arsmallie

Finesse fishing is taking fisherman to new heights these days. Finesse fishing is not only helping more and more fisherman catch bigger fish, it is also helping them to catch more fish. We all know that smallmouth bass like smaller baits at times, especially the lakes with a lot of fishing pressure or deep clear water. There are many types of finesse baits out there on the market, one that I use on a regular basis or my goto bait is the jig. I use a 1/4 oz rubber jig with a small tiny chunk on the hook. I like a brown or brown and green jigwith a avocado or green pumpkin trailer. I also like to spike the tips of the tails in orange or chartruse. Most of the crawfish in this region are a broenish green with orange or chartruse pinchers. I like the natural presentation.

Two mistakes most smallouth anglers make while fishing a jig deep is that they are too bulky or too heavy The other is that they are not fishing deep enough. Most fisherman say they don't like fishing a smaller jig because they say it takes to long to fall deep. You can make a 1/4 oz jig fall faster by using a smaller trailer and pulling some of the rubber out. less rubber, less bouancy. The next most important thing in deep water jig finesse jig fishing is the line size. This will help the bait fall faster in 40 to 50 foot of water. I use 6 to 8lb 100% florocarbon line. Most anglers never get a bait below 20 feet. There is a more consistant bite in 40 and 50 foot of water if you just let that jig fall. The florocarbon line is also important because of the less stretch factor. Setting the hook on fish at deeper depths is hard to do with a lot of extra stretch in the line. It is also imprttant because of the feel it takes to feel a fish hit at these deeper depths.

There are several types of bites to feel for while fishing a finesse jig in deeper water. While fishing a finesse jig deep it is very important to try to stay in contact with the bait. Sometime this is hard to do in windy conditions, but it can still be done. My favorite bite is for a smallmouth to thump the jig hard. This bite will sometimes tell you something. It sometimes tells me that that bite is a competetion bite and to look for the smallmouth to be schooling up and to look for another smallmouth in the same area. The second bite is just one of feeling somethinf different. This is the most common under winty conditions but can still happen under normal coditions. If something feel different, set the hook. The last bite is the hardest and if you don't know it you will miss a lot of fish. this is when the smallmouth just makes short taps at the jig. The most important thing to remember is to not drop the rod tip down and then pick up on it and see if the fish is there. If you drop the rod tip the bait falls below the fish and he is gone. keep the rod tip up and wait for the fish to take it or you feel tensio, then set the hook straight up no matter where you are with the rod.

I most always position my boat in 40 to 50 foot of water when I start fishing and then move shallower if nothing is going on deep. But more ofter than not I find them deep. I also catch more smallmouth deep on a finesse jig than any other bait in my box at all times of the year, especially in the fall and winter months. Good luck this season and I hope this helps you with the deep bite and puts more smallmouth in the boat. Andrew



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