There’s a lot of confusion out there as to the best way to rig a metal jigging spoon, and the next time you go fishing you’ll have a much better success rate if you learn the ins and outs of each technique. Watch this quick How to Fish video, to learn about three basic methods and which one is likely to work the best for you.


Once you have your jig rigged up right for the situation, how will you work it? That depends on the location and activity level of the fish you’re after. Speed jigging (a quick, erratic retrieve) is usually best for mid-depth predators that are constantly on the move, like kingfish, bluefish, and tunas. Vertical jigging (the standard up-and-down motion) is often the trick for structure-oriented fish, like striped bass, and can work well on largemouth bass when they decide to go deep. And meat jigging (hovering a baited jig) works wonders for bottom-dwellers like grouper and tilefish. Of course, there are plenty of nuances to each tactic and we’re barely scraping the surface, here. You can learn a whole lot more in Rudow’s Guide to Modern Jigging.

If fishing with metal jigs isn’t your style, don’t worry—we have plenty of other rigging videos that will help you fill your cooler come fishing time. Anglers who enjoy tossing soft plastic lures should check out The Proper Way to Rig a Soft plastic Jig. If you’re into fishing with live bait, be sure to watch KISS Bass FishingHow to Hook a Live Baitfish, and How to Fish: Using Live Shrimp for Bait. And if using popping corks is a method you enjoy, you might also want to watch How to Fish: Popping Corks and Plastic Lures in the Mangroves.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.