Nodding and Jigging
We’ve heard a lot of information over the last several weeks about ice fishing from good friend Marcus Williams. Today in our last visit on this subject, Marcus tells us that nodding and jigging are very personal and work differently from person-to-person.“You talk to some guys and having success with a certain style of jigging rhythm or what ever you want to call it. A nod is not quite a jig, the bait barely flickers at all, with a jig it goes up and down and some guys really yank them high and let the bait settle back down and it’s like everything else, there is 1000 ways to do it. One guy’s way works really well for him but it may not work for you. Guys go with what they are confident in. That jigging action is that method of moving your bait up and down to attract fish. You are creating vibration that might be associated with an injured baitfish or some kind of food or maybe they just come over to look for curiosity sake but you are basically trying to draw the fish to your bait. So jigging is a very personal thing? Yes. Everybody has their flavor and their tempo. I’m a bass fisherman so I mostly fish in the early spring to late fall and even in that regard, everybody has their own rhythm and some guys are more successful than others at it. It is a personal thing at that point. You try and mimic if they are doing really well but you are right, it is a very personal thing as far as what works for you and doesn’t work for you.