Jigheads are a staple in tackle boxes all across the county and one of the most popular ways to present a soft plastic bait. There are an incredible amount of options available today and there is not one jighead that is perfect for every situation. Often I’ll be reaching for one of these 3; you owe it to yourself to give them a try!
Clam Drop TG
Tungsten has long been used in the ice fishing world because it’s density achieves a faster sink with a smaller profile. Clam has long been a leader in the ice fishing industry and took that same principle to open water with the Drop TG. Not only is the jig smaller but Tungsten is harder and translates the feel of the bottom much better than lead jigs. The jig features a 90 degree Mustad hook and keeper welded to the hook shank. I’ve found this keeper works extremely well with ElazTech style plastics making it a great choice for fishing the Ned Rig. It’s available in 1/16, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 3/8 ounce weights and eight different fish catching colors. Black is my go-to for matching the natural colors I often use while bass fishing.
2K Jigs Powerlock
At first glance, this jig might not look like much, but closer inspection reveals an important time and money saving feature. I haven’t found anything that holds standard plastic like a screw lock. This means more fish per bait and less time spent re-rigging and adjusting. It takes a little practice to get used to properly rigging, but once you have it down it is an absolute time saver. Small swimbaits, Erie darters, and pretty much anything else you can dream up will work well on these heads. They come unpainted with a 60 degree Gamakatsu hook and 1/8, 3/16, /1/4, 5/16 ounce sizes. One additional bonus to them is they are manufactured in my home state of Michigan; American made is always a good thing.
Dobyns D-Swim with Weed Guard
You can see the D-Swim is fancy right away as a high-quality paint job and realistic eyes come standard. The unique 4-barb keeper does a great job at securing swimbaits or whatever else you choose to put on the back of it. This particular version of the D-Swim is built for powering through cover and big bass as it also features a 30-degree heavy wire hook. The weedguard has just the right number of fibers to keep cover away but still maximize hook penetration. As with any weedguard, it can be trimmed to match a particular situation. It’s available in 3 different colors and 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and 1-ounce versions. You can also get the D-Swim without a weedguard with either light or heavy wire hooks.