Finesse jigs come in sizes ranging from 3/16 to 7/16 ounces, and choosing the correct size to start throwing can be a tough decision to make. All of us at Bass Fishing Hub choose our finesse jig weight based upon the season we are fishing.
The lighter the jig the slower the fall thru the water column. Lighter jigs typically work best when water temps are colder, especially during the winter and early spring time. Make sure that you watch your line, since most of the strikes will come as the jig is falling.
When the water starts to warm up over 60 degrees we begin to throw jigs which are 5/16 ounces in weight. This is actually our preferred weight to throw. Jigs of this weight are easier to cast, and easier to feel the bite.
During the heat of the summer we find that the heavier the jog the more bites we receive. Occasionally, we will use finesse jigs up to 1 ounce in size. This is to draw a reaction bite from a fast falling jig. Often times we will hop the jig pretty hard off the bottom.
As always experimentation will tell you what size jig to use, but use the table below for a reference.
- 40-60 degree water - 3/16 ounce jigs
- 60-80 degree water - 5/16 ounce jigs
- 80+ degree water - 7/16 - 1 ounce jigs