Rigging Weedless Jig Heads (Top 4 Mistakes)
By: Tony Acevedo on July 30, 2019
It’s a big one!!!
Oh wait, no, it’s just stuck on a rock…
If you fish around structure, you’ve probably been in this scenario a lot.
An exposed hook is just begging to get caught on things like:
- Mangrove roots
- Oyster beds
And any other structure that might attract fish.
Thankfully, there’s a solution that helps you get snagged less.
Actually, two solutions:
These two hooks allow you to rig your bait weedless, which will help decrease the number of times you get snagged.
Here’s an easy rule of thumb for when to use each of the weedless options above:
- If you’re fishing in water less than two feet, use a weighted hook
- If you’re fishing in water deeper than two feet, use a weedless jig head
In addition to being heavier, the jighead will front-load a bait and let it dive to the bottom quicker, which is usually where the redfish, seatrout, snook, and flounder we love catching so much will be positioned.
However, we have received a few questions about people missing fish with the weedless jig head.
Watch the video below for the four mistakes that are costing you fish when rigging them.
4 Mistakes Rigging Weedless Jig Heads [VIDEO]
Now, the biggest thing that causes you to miss a strike is that the weed guard won’t come off the point.
Check out the four mistakes below that often cause the weed guard to not come off and how to fix them.
1. The Weed Guard Is Rounded Too Much At The Top
The weed guard shouldn’t come up higher than the hook point.
When it does, it requires more pressure to push down, which can cause the hook to stay covered by the weed guard.
2. The Weed Guard Is Past The Barb
The weed guard can come past and get stuck on the barb for two reasons.
- The gap is too narrow, meaning the weed guard is too long.
- The hook is too bent bringing the barb closer to the weed guard.
In order to prevent this from happening, you can widen up the gap (shortening the weed guard) and keep the hook shank straight.
3. The Weed Guard Is Curved Or Off-Center
If this happens, the weed guard could get caught above the point, making it tough to fall and expose the hook.
When you rig your bait, make sure the guard nice and straight.
Also, double-check it after each fish.
4. The Soft Plastic Is Rigged Too High
When you’re rigging your soft plastic on the weedless jig head, make sure to not rig the lure too high.
If you do, this can lead to there not being enough room for the weed guard to come down and off the hook.
If you’re using a big soft plastic, you can rig it lower on the hook if you need to.
Weedless jig heads are an excellent way to avoid getting snagged when you’re fishing around structure.
If you want to maximize your hookups while using them, make sure to avoid these four common mistakes:
- Don’t round the weed guard too much at the top
- Don’t let the weed guard go past the barb
- Don’t let the weed guard be curved or off-center
- Don’t rig the soft plastic too high on the hook.
You can get your weedless hooks here:
Have any questions about rigging weedless jig heads?
Let us know in the comments below!
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