The name of these jigs really sums up what they are used for. This category of jig is most known for offshore fishing and catching fish that are holding on ledges, rock piles, grass edges, etc. Within this category, we have many different head styles.
For this breakdown, we will discuss two types to make things simple.
- We will talk about football heads.
- Then we will lump everything else into pointed heads.
These two types are used for the same thing, dragging them through rock to imitate crayfish. Football heads are the most commonly used offshore jigs. Looking at the head of the jig, it’s easy to know why it’s called a football head. This head is designed to rock back and forth and almost crawl through rock. The wider head helps it avoid getting hung up in small rock.
The other option, pointed head jigs, are meant for similar tasks. While they crawl through smaller rock, they are also made to crawl through wood or offshore grass as well. Football heads get hung up in grass and can struggle with going through and around wood. That wider head makes them prone to getting stuck in between limbs. This is why the pointed head jigs were designed, they are more of an all purpose offshore jig.
How To Fish A Structure Jig
When it comes to fishing these jigs, there really is only a few ways to go about using them.
The most common way to fish them is simply to drag them.
Plain and simple, drag them with a sweeping motion of your rod to feel it crawling over the bottom. This works well when fishing colder water, or when fish are in a lethargic state.
The other way, is to “stroke” a jig. This means you use hard pulsating motions to snap the jig off the bottom with one or two fast strokes of the rod. This imitates a crayfish or bottom dwelling fish as it tries to escape. If you have never scene a crayfish as it flees, they come off the bottom and make a few fast scutes in one direction. This causes a reaction in bass when they see this motion. So this can work well to trigger bass if they are not eating it when you are dragging it.
Another method is a combination of both, you can drag the jig until it hits something hard and then snap it up to climb it over the structure. This works well to avoid getting hung up in wood or bigger rock.
The gear to use for this depends on the size of the jig. The size varies from ⅜ ounce jigs around shallow rock, to 1 ounce jigs for hitting rock piles in deep water offshore. It’s important to match the power of your rod to the weight of the bait. A rod with a softer tip allows for a better feel of what the jig is doing, while also for detecting strikes. A stiff backbone is needed to back up the soft tip to make sure you drive the hook home even on a long cast. For offshore fishing, a longer rod, 7’ 6”, is nice for cast ability, though a 7’ rod will be more than sufficient. For ⅜ ounce – ½ ounce jigs, a medium heavy rod is a good start to be able to handle the weight while also maintaining a feel for what the bottom vs. fish bites feel like. As you start to get into that ¾-1 oz range, the need to bump up to a heavy rod becomes necessary to handle the weight of that jig.