A finesse jig is the smallest and lightest in the jig family, it does not take just one shape or size it takes all jig head forms and in multiple weights. I consider any jig at the 3/8 oz mark and under a finesse jig, this goes for football head jigs, pitching/flipping jigs, swim jigs, grass jigs, and ball head jigs. Finesse jigs are generally used for colder waters in the late fall, winter, spring months, and in pressured waters because of its small, non intrusive size. It is just an overall killer when the bass are lethargic or finicky.
Where to use a finesse jig:
Its compacts size makes it easy to put a finesse type jig on target when you’re pitching or flipping towards beds. Add a craw type trailer on the jig and you have a perfect crawdad imitation for the bass. Its small weight allows you to also quietly land the jig without creating too much commotion, preventing a finicky fish from swimming away.
Whenever I am pitching/flipping jigs around docks ill almost always use a finesse sized flipping jig (3/8 oz). With its lightweight and its flat-ish head I can easily skip it back under the docks with little resistance. On its descend it keeps a good medium paced fall which allows enough time for the bass to see it, then strike it. If it is not taken on the fall I can hop and drag it along the bottom back to the boat. This technique is at its prime in the summer months when bass like to have the shade provided by the docks for cooler water and for a good hiding spot while preying on forage.
Whether it is a stretch of “rip rap” or and isolated patch of rocks and boulders a finesse jig is a great choice for slowing down and working the bottom in those areas. For hopping along rocks I prefer a ball head jig to help prevent a hang up in the rocks, and for slowly dragging a jig right through a patch of rocks a football head jig is definitely the best choice to create a side to side wobble, and to decease chances of a hangup. Fishing finesse jigs around/ on isolated rock patches and rip rap seems to work best in the summer/ fall months when the bass are more heavily relating to cover, and structure while preying on forage.
What gear to use:
- Rod: 7’ – 7’4″, Power: medium, Action: fast – extra fast
- Reel: 7:1:1 gear ratio reel
- Line: either 20 – 25lb braid to 10 – 12lb fluorocarbon leader or straight 10 – 12lb fluorocarbon
“Match the hatch” with the crayfish in the lake you will be fishing. The best way to find out what color the crayfish in that lake are is to try to find one along the shoreline, or ask a local angler who regularly uses a crayfish pattern. For stained water use blue and black colored jigs