Real Dill Jigs – Dillon Abney
by Rebekah Speer
The art of working a jig for bass has become one of America’s favorite fishing techniques for catching fish. Catching bass on jigs is a technique that originated by skipping jigs or plastic grubs under docks and around trees. Then by casting and dragging it across the lake’s bottom, until today, swimming it through vegetation.
Anglers are common to fish jigs at all water column depths, especially along the bottom. Another reason for the lure’s success is largemouth are available throughout the country in large or small bodies of water. For all of them, you can effectively use a jig.
Jig fishing is an excellent method of freshwater angling. Fishing with jigs can be an efficient way of covering water to catch fish; however, jigs can be tricky lures to master. When anglers succeed, removing the lure from their tackle box is challenging.
A bass Jig is also very powerful during every season and on any water body type. The only difference is the features of the jig for the presentation, which can represent the color, size, weight, hook size, and most importantly, the head style.
It is possible these jig types below will attract bass for you soon. Located in Waco, KY (a small
community between Richmond and Berea, KY), Dillon Abney started making custom jigs as a hobby. He wanted to make his own jigs and try colors that other tackle makers were not providing. “I made a bunch, and some friends showed an interest and bought some, then encouraged me to start a business and try to sell more to other people.” Abney states, “It’s really rewarding to see other folks catch fish on tackle that I made from scratch. Fishing has always been my passion and has always been my other escape from reality. I started fishing when I was a kid with my Papaw. I do a lot of fishing with music friends of mine named Jan Lakes and Ethan Vivian, my father-in-law Ronnie Reynolds, and my best friend, Kyle Gadd.”
Bass jigs are essentially a hook with a metallic weight and eye attached. After that, they feature rubber skirts, also with weed guards attached to hooks. Several varieties of styles do not require a highly efficient presentation. What makes some bass jigs different in design in many respects depends primarily on their shape and weight. These two characteristics determine whether a jig operates in shallow or deep water. Four designs represent the best lures and most successful jigs for bass. Look closely and see which jig heads are the best for your type of angling.
What is the best color bass jig?
You must first know which food bass prefer to eat locally to know this. So, this is the easiest choice for getting a quick decision to color? Hopefully, as you grow more experienced in fishing with a jig, you begin noticing colors that fit certain circumstances, weather styles, or weather patterns. Below are three primary colors for you always to consider.
Colors depend on the season geographic area that you are targeting. Green pumpkin, watermelon, and other related natural colors are excellent choices. The jig usually imitates crawfish; therefore, color matching works well in context.
Certain jigs often imitate bluegill and shad with color matching. For example, Bluegill imitation uses green pumpkin or jig in blue to match hatches for a bass meal. If fishing dirty or stained waters, it helps to use a black and blue combination. For simulated shads, a white dress and white trailer work very well.
The wind is an essential factor affecting fishing. The bigger, the heavier the wind blows; it requires a larger size lure. The heavier jigs help you overtake the wind and reach the bottom. If the wind blows your line, the jig is too light; you won’t remain in contact with the bottom.
However, don’t be afraid to use a heavier jig head, but a smaller jig in size. Keep it moving by working it up and down. It will help a bass decide sooner when it looks and acts more like a natural crawfish.
A bass jig can weigh between 1/8 ounce to 2 ounces. Fish a suitable weighing jig in the depth of the water you are on that day. When water gets deeper, change to a slightly heavier jig to cast farther and get down deeper. The fact that water is deep also does not mean you need to fish on the bottom. The majority of bass live in a suspended state most of the time.
Jig Fishing Retrieve
It is perfect for short casts, pitches, and turns with reflected surface cover. The bass will sometimes hold on to the lure, and it must also be a priority in watching it fall. Long hops that keep the water close to the bottom for retrieval can be helpful. A tiny action on the rod and pump allows baits to move in a streamline. Use short hops; the football head can have the best success with this technique when used under the water surface.
Dillon has also started making custom crankbaits and powder coating his jig heads. If you would like to order custom colors, find Dillon on Facebook at @realdilljigs.