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Before selecting your
Point Wilson Dart Jig, you need to decide how deep you plan to fish and
choose a suitable line that won't be so thick it catches the current.
When possible, always choose the lightest jig that will maintain the
depth you wish to fish. Many anglers who fish with jigs have converted
to the high-tech Spectra type lines. They offer very low stretch,
usually just 3% and have a super thin diameter, which keeps your jig
where you want it in the water column. While these lines cost more
money, they allow you to use lighter jigs, which cost less money. And
you will have a more positive hook-set on the jig because of the low
stretch. Here's a rule of thumb when fishing with jigs. If you use a 2
1/4 ounce Point Wilson Dart Candlefish Jig and it barely stays on the
bottom in 100 feet of water, you will likely need a 4 1/2 ounce jig to
fish 200-feet of water. The increased depth, in this scenario, doubled
the amount of line effected by currents. Remember this simple math and
you will be able to properly choose the right jig weight for the right
Always try to jig
downhill to avoid snags. If you jig uphill you will likely snag bottom
as the drifting boat moves into shallower water.
When choosing where
to jig, look for underwater structure. Baitfish, and larger sport fish
hide on the "lee side" of the current, where they can find slack waters.
Big fish like halibut, lingcod, big rockfish and chinook salmon use
these areas as ambush sites.
Point Wilson Dart
jigs are very versatile. They can be jigged, cast or trolled. When
drifting from a boat you can cast parallel to the gunwale, toward shore
or underwater structure.
When jigging for
mid-level fish you can cast up current and retrieve the jig. this helps
use all of the deck space while still effectively jigging and catching
Some Dart jiggers use
a short, "lazy" jig stroke. This can be quite effective. Others use a
long stroke, which allows the jig to flutter to the end of the line. You
should also try mixing up your stroke, by combining a short stroke with
long strokes. It works!
When drift jigging
from a boat, if you want to reach bottom with lightweight jigs, cast
down current as far as you can and let the jig sink to the bottom. If
you feel any "pause" reel in your slack and set the hook fast! Once your
jig reaches bottom jig it as long as possible before it ends up past the
bow of the boat. At that point you should reel up and cast down current
We hope these Point
Wilson Dart jigging tips and tricks help you catch more fish. Watch this
website for more great jig fishing tips and tricks.