Vertical Jigging Tip
Turning the vertical jigging drop into just as much a part of the technique as the retrieve can double up your hook up opportunities. I am always searching for ways to improve on VJ techniques here amongst the internet. One way that I have adopted was to take one of the assist hooks and rubber band it to the jig. This is not my invention, but I did employ this as part of my jig set up and have found the idea to be fruitful. I also took my own twist on the idea that I believe improves on the original concept. But, before we begin that, let’s see why to rubber band down your assist hook. Bear in mind that there are hardcore vertical jiggers that have insisted on only using one assist hook. These arguments are valid, but for this set up you will need to use two. And if you choose to roll with it and give it a shot, I guarantee you will be putting both assist hooks right back on every jig you own. So, next – the dynamics:
Why rubber band your vertical jigging assist hooks? Well, its the dynamics of the drop. Have you ever dropped your jig down and along the way seen a moment where the line from the open bail speeds up a moment, and have even stopped to check this? Well, that was a hit on the drop, and it never snagged fish lips. Why? Well that’s rather simple.. you hooks were no where near the jig. See why:
When you drop the jig your hooks are dangling along, but as soon as the much heavier jig reaches its own terminal drop velocity the assist hook are now trailing it. See the vertical jigging series of pics below to see this flow.
As you can see, by the time the jig reaches terminal speed the assist hooks have dragged to above the lure. So, on the vertical jigging drop, direct hits to the jig can result in a hit and spit. Since your bail is open, all the angler sees is a slight momentary increase in speed during an open bail drop. This is noticed as soon as it is too late and usually the angler just continues the drop. You can turn these jig dropping hits into hook ups by simply taking one of the assist hooks and banding it to the body. The article I saw just showed to strap a rubber band around the jig and around one of the assist hooks. This works, but the rubber band slips every so often and must be readjusted. With a slight variation of rubber band placement this becomes a non issue.
You take a rubber band (in my case mini hair rubber bands) and loop it through the lower ring of the jig, and then pull the tag end up to one of the assist hooks. In doing this, the rubber band is secure and will not move, and the assist hook can be aimed to whichever direction the angler chooses. See the following photos for an illustration.
With this set up you have an assist hook that remains snug to the body during the drop, you have the ability to aim that hook up or down, you have the ability to change band color to match your jig (the 4th jig from the top in the picture below), and there is an added action to this banded assist hook while in the act of vertical jigging. You can also band the rubber band around the body with the same looping technique (the 3rd jig from the top in the picture below). This will still last much longer in position as opposed to traditional banding. Give it a shot and I bet you will spend the few moments to rig all of your jigs this way.