After you have tossed your jig over board and its on it finds is way to the bottom, you'll need to consider how your going to retrieve it.
There are a number of ways to do this and some of them are very simple indeed! First of all – watch your line as it sinks. The moment your jig is in the water, wherever you are, it is fishing for you and can be hit by a fish! When you have your jig to the desired depth, simply tuck the nicely formed butt section of your jig rod under your arm pit and lift & drop.
A slow lift or a quick lift its up to you! Try mixing it up a bit and see what the fish may prefer. Sometimes all they want is a very slow short lift and at other times you might have to make your jig race up off the bottom with a fast lift followed by a quick few turns of the handle then another lift – bare in mind that after a retrieve like this, you're likely to need to open the bail arm and drop your jig back to the bottom.
Regardless of what retrieve style you try, you really need to get out there and test the water with a multitude of different actions to judge the response of the fish. That said, I will often settle for a simple lift of the rod tip and a complete jig ‘free fall’back down till the rod tip is at water level again and then repeat. Most of my takes are had in this way.
It’s a one handed action that does not tire you out very much so you can probably fish this way all day and it gives the fish plenty of opportunity to not only find your jig but strike at it.
Sometimes if your jig is moving to fast or traveling too far away from the target fish, more often than not they wont bother trying to strike at it as it is probably to much trouble to try to catch for it's size. This is where a shorter lift keeps it in their face and you in the action!
One of the reasons that this style of fishing is gaining so much credibility so fast is because of the amount of fish it catches and the diversity of species - but why? It is because fish, of all sizes, eat more small food items than big food stuffs. It is basically a simple economics rule with smaller creatures being both more numerous, slow swimmers and not as smart as other larger creatures.
With so many predatory fish eating so many small items everyday, it does not take a genius to figure out why micro jigging works so very well, either in the sea or inland waters. The jigs you are putting into the water are within the size range of the majority of the food source categories of the prime fish species we want to catch – but they are not always small fish! There are plenty of bigger that will readily eat small foods and lots of it!!
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