Jig Head vs. Weighted Hook: How To Rig Jerk Shads In Every Condition
Should you rig a jerk shad on a jig head or a weighted hook?
Well, it depends!
What season is it?
Are the fish lethargic or aggressive?
How deep are you fishing?
Is there structure around?
All of these answers factor into deciding the best way for you to rig a jerk shad.
In this video, we’ll discuss how to make this decision, plus I’ll show you some underwater footage of how jerk shads look rigged on these two different hooks, which will help you understand what the fish see when you’re using each one.
Check it out below.
Weighted Hook vs. Jig Head For Jerk Shads [VIDEO]
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Rigging Jerk Shads On Jig Heads
Jig heads are heavier and front-loaded, so when you rig jerk shads on them they quickly dart down to the bottom.
This is better if you’re fishing deep water (deeper than 4′) or in strong current.
It also may be slightly better in the fall and spring when fish are comfortable and aggressive because the erratic movement could trigger a reaction strike.
But here’s something I don’t like about rigging jerk shads on jig heads: when they hit the bottom, they fall right down on their side.
If you’re bouncing it quickly, that might not be such an issue, but if you’re bouncing it slowly, it’ll spend more time on it’s side, which doesn’t look natural at all.
Also, jig heads aren’t weedless, so if there’s heavy structure nearby, you’re likely to get snagged.
Yes, there are weedless jig heads, but if I need a lure to be weedless, I usually prefer to use a weighted hook.
Rigging Jerk Shads On Weighted Hooks
Most of the time I use jerk shads, I’m rigging them on a weighted hook.
They’re great for fishing water that’s 4′ or less and there’s structure around, such as grass, docks, or oyster bars.
This is because you can rig them weedless and you’ll get snagged much less.
As you can see in the video above, since weighted hooks usually weigh less and are weighted in the middle, the lure glides down to the bottom.
This allows for a slower and more natural presentation because injured baitfish glide down to the bottom, they don’t nosedive (like jerk shads do when rigged on a jig head).
Also, since weighted hooks allow for a slower presentation, they’re definitely better for summer and winter when fish are less active because of the extreme temperatures.
Jerk shads rigged on jig heads excel when the water is deep and the fish are aggressive.
On the other hand, when the water is shallower, jerk shads rigging on weighted hooks typically do better.
This is especially if there’s structure around because they can easily be rigged weedless.
Have any questions about rigging jerk shads on jig heads vs. weighted hooks?
Do you have any different thoughts or experiences?
Let me know down in the comments!
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