Below, we take a look at some of the tackle most commonly used in micro jigging and offer a few tips on how to set up your micro jig.1. Spinning Reels
Fixed spooled reels tend to be the best option for micro jigging. A smaller reel that holds around 150 yards of line is perfect, and lightweight is overall the best way to go for your set up. A light set up is easier to work, more sensitive and tends to reduce fatigue. You’ll find a range of micro jigs available at Fish Head.
The benefits of using a fixed spool, or spinning reel, include:- They don’t get line wraps on guides since the guides point downwards.
- You’ll easily realise when the jig touches the bottom. There’s no resistance on a spinning reel once the bail arm opens.
- A spinning reel just feels more natural.
It’s important to pick the right micro jigging rod, some of the things to look for include:- Thin blank
- Light weight
- A rod poundage of around 3 – 7 pounds
- Fast or medium fast action
Micro jigging necessitates a rod that offers quick action to impart action to your jig. Overall, a lightweight rod makes a fantastic combination with a lightweight reel, so you get a light setup in total. The lighter rod lets you pick up more information on the jig, which means you get to work more effectively, too.3. The Line
PE or braided line is essential for micro jigging as it offers low stretch. The line is pretty much the only thing that connects your jig to your angler, and in turn, the fish to the angler. It’s a big responsibility so it’s important that you carefully choose your line. Some of the pros and cons of PE line include:- Low abrasion resistance
- Low stretch
- Thing diameter
Thin lines are the most common for micro jigging. Many beginners make the mistake of getting thicker line as they don’t want to go too light. Yet, a thinner line makes it so much easier to micro jig.
The general rule of thumb is to keep the PE as low as possible while you balance breaking strength. You’ll also need backing for the thin line. About 150 yards of line for micro jigging should be enough, but if you want to go after a bigger game, you’ll need at least 300 yards of line.
Setting Up the Jig
There are 4 key things you must consider when choosing your jig. You can buy all the jigs you can find, but it’s pretty useless if you don’t know when to use the different elements. The 4 key considerations include:- Shape
- Weight or size
Once you know what to look for and what to get for your micro jigging purposes, you’re well on your way to getting it all right!