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Bass Jiggin' 101: Finesse Jigs

Bass Jiggin' 101: Finesse Jigs
Bass Jiggin' 101: Finesse Jigs

Finesse jigs usually are a Jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type of jig. You can swim or pull them slowing along the bottom, they also can be flipped and pitched. The primary distinction between finesse jigs and other types of jigs is their size. The most common size offerings are ¼-ounce to ½-ounce, but ¾-ounce can be found if you really need one that heavy.

Finesse jigs get pulled out of my tackle box when the bite is tough. There are times when fish just don't want a bulky jig. Finesse jigs often come in smaller weights to not only keep the profile smaller, but also because you generally want a slower fall rate.

They're designed to be fished slow. The idea is to coax a lethargic fish into eating an easy bite-size meal. I generally pair finesse jigs with small compact trailers that have subtle action. Some manufacturers make finesse jigs with rattles, but I prefer mine without if the bite is slow. With finesse jigs, I want the presentation to be as natural as possible and I feel there are times rattles can take away from the presentation.

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