Think if you've seen one jig, you’ve seen ’em all? If so, you must not be a hard-core jig fisherman. If you’re serious about catching fish, you have to be serious about jigs. The darn hunks of various alloys have nearly universal appeal to most finny predators. Let’s be clear up front: All 24 of these jigs work; all will catch fish. But the jig style/design/size/color notwithstanding, the guy yankin’ on the rod plays a huge role in making any jig effective. Or put another way, a lousy jig in skilled hands will usually out-fish a great jig in hands that haven’t a clue.
While this list includes lots of popular jigs, many more designs by many manufacturers are out there, waiting to be tied on and tried. What are your favorites? Speak up in our Readers’ Favorite Jig poll at sportfishingmag.com/favoritejigs.