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Shimano Reels: Jigging With Shimano Reels

Aug 14, 2008
What is jigging?

The word jigging refers to the practice of fishing with a jig. In jigging, the fishing lure moves with a jerky motion vertically through the water, instead of horizontally, as with conventional lures. The lure, or jig, is made of a lead sinker. This is why a jig is also known as a "leadhead." The jig has a hook molded to one end to trap the fish. This arrangement is covered with a brightly colored, soft body to attract the fish. Jigs are widely used in both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

Parts of a jig: head

The head of a jig comes in many different colors and shapes. The heads may be round, fish shaped, or conical. The weight of the head varies from 1/80th of an ounce to nearly a pound depending on the kind of fish that is being lured. Jig heads may also come with a weed guard to protect the jig when fishing in murky waters.

Parts of a jig: body

The body of jig is shaped to resemble grubs, frogs, fishes, paddle tails, lizards, or insects. The body is normally made out of rubber or silicone. The colors of these jigs can range from bright yellow to transparent brown, with silver and red flakes. They may also be decorated with dyed whitetail deer tail hair, Chenille, feathers, hairs, and other natural materials.

Shimano reels for jigging

Shimano is one of the most respected manufacturers of jigging rigs. In fact, the butterfly jigging system was developed by Shimano in Japan in the 1990's. Some of the Shimano reels that are suitable for jigging include the many variants of the ever popular Shimano Torsa series.

Shimano Torsa TS 16

This Shimano reel has nine bearings, a gear ratio of 5.8:1 and a line capacity of 450yards of 16lb fishing line. It also comes in a narrower variant, the Shimano Torsa 16N, which has a line capacity of 270yards of 16lb fishing line.

Shimano Torsa TS 20

The Shimano Torsa 20 has nine bearings, a gear ratio of 5.8:1 and is available in a line capacity of 420yards of 16lb fishing line.

Shimano Torsa TS 30

This Shimano reel also has nine bearings and a gear ratio of 5.8:1. It is available in a line capacity of 350yards of 30lb fishing line.

Shimano Torsa TS 40

The Shimano Torsa TS 40 is the granddaddy of jigging reels. This heavy duty Shimano reel has a gear ratio of 4.9:1 and is ably supported by nine Shimano bearings. It comes in a line capacity of 320yards of 40lb fishing line.

There are many more variants of Shimano reels for jigging, especially Butterfly jigging, where Shimano is considered the master. To learn more about fishing rods, Shimano reels and jigs, do visit our website at http://www.seaisletackle.com. Here you can learn about the best combination of Shimano reels and rods for creating the perfect jigging system. Even better, you can purchase all the equipment that you require with the click of a mouse.
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