Jigging tips, including thoughts on Jigging Shad Raps
Jigging Shad Raps have been around for years, but I think some
people have quit using them because of the success of jigging
spoons (which indeed are a great fishing tool.) I also sometimes
wonder if we associate Jigging Shad Raps too much as a concept for
strictly aggressive fish. Not true!
We associate Jigging Shad Raps with the lift-drop-hold concept,
and that’s an effective technique for these lures. But don’t just
do that. Allow them to hit bottom, stir things up. Also, just hold
it steady now and then, for 25 or 30 seconds. All these techniques
can be attractors.
Add some live bait. I almost always add a minnow head on the
rear tine of my Jigging Shad Rap. Stick with mono line in
neighborhood of 6- to 8-pound test.
For walleyes and perch, you also can’t go wrong with a plain
jighead, short-shank – 1/32 or 1/16 ounce with a whole minnow head
or whole minnow. We don’t want to use a 1/32-ounce jig and a
fathead or shiner that’s four inches long. That will overpower that
jig head and appear very unnatural.
Always vary the size of the bait, whatever it is, by the mood of
fish. In an aggressive fishing situation, add a large waxie, two
eurolarvae, or a whole minnow. Step up the size and add some meat
to the presentation!
Bring you underwater camera, which is one of the best learning
tools for ice fishing. We can see how fish react to different
jigging actions. You can mark your fish, then all of a sudden they
hover, and we see how they react to the jigging action or a type of
live bait. Jig too much and you can spook fish. Often it’s too much
or not enough.
The camera comes in so handy, but we must pay attention to what
we see, then apply it to our technique.