IS THIS THE ULTIMATE SUMMER POLE RIG?
Missing bits when fishing shallow? It’s time to dig out the Jigga!
EFORE I visit a fishery I always have an idea in my head about how I’m going to attack it. bites-to-fish ratio wasn’t great, to be honest, and I was missing more than I was happy with.
I needed a change, and while I was looking through my box for a different shallow rig I had noticed I had a few Yorkshire Jiggas made up that I have to admit I had forgotten about.
Out of interest I decided to rig one up, just to see if they were as good as I had been led to believe when they first arrived on the match scene a few years back.
I slipped on a caster and shipped out. Lowering the rig in slowly, it immediately became apparent that the elastic was already streaming from the pole-tip!
With a big F1 in the net I shipped back out and lowered the rig in for the second time with exactly the same result – I have to admit I was gobsmacked at just how effective the Jigga was proving to be.
It didn’t stop there, as literally every drop-in produced a fish within seconds.
I quickly came to the conclusion that when you are shallow fishing for F1s the Jigga is simply unbeatable, and I don’t make that statement lightly.
Every fish hooks itself so you never miss a bite – and you can’t get any better than that!
SO WHAT IS A JIGGA RIG?
There might be some anglers reading this who are wondering what on earth a Jigga is – well, let me explain. Basically it’s a dibberstyle float with a hole through the centre that allows your line to run straight through the middle. The short, weighted stem means the float will settle straight away.
You shot the rig with a bulk of shot as normal, but the float is able to run freely up and down the line, stopped only by a couple of float stops above and below it.
It’s a very direct way of fishing, because when a fish sucks in the hookbait it hooks itself against the pole-tip rather than the float, which offers no resistance.
I must mention here that when fishing the Jigga there really is no need to watch the float. When you get a bite the first thing you will see is the elastic pulling out of top of the pole.