Rip Jigging Secrets For Giant Walleye
Snap Jigs and Set Hooks on Big Walleye
Ripping a bucktail or twitchin' jig is one of the best ways to catch walleye from weeds. This fast-paced tactic covers water and triggers reaction strikes. Here’s a rundown of this potent jig presentation.
Walleye have a reputation of being structure-oriented, but they frequently hang around healthy vegetation. Aquatic plants provide abundant forage, including yellow perch, minnows, crayfish, and nymphs. A weed bed is like a walleye restaurant. The grass canopy also provides shade for light-sensitive walleye during the day.
Where to Rip Hair
Cabbage, milfoil and other vegetation between 4 to 15 feet is prime rip-jigging territory. Productive areas include weedy points, humps and islands, beds and clumps on flats, vegetation around tributaries and weed beds adjacent to a river channel. Tip: Walleye often show a preference for sections within vegetation providing quick, easy access to deep water.
How to Rip a Bucktail or Twitchin' Jig
Start with a short to medium cast. Targets include openings in weed beds, beside clumps and along deep edges. Next, let the jig fall on slack line. This ensures it drops straight down to bottom. Taut line makes a jig pendulum into the canopy, which is less effective. After the jig reaches bottom, lower the rod tip, aggressively snap it upward and then immediately lower the rod. A critical detail here is beginning the rip with slack in the line, which causes the jig to rocket up through the weeds.Continue this rip-fall sequence back to the boat. Then make another cast, methodically working through the vegetation.
Experimenting with rod snaps is one way to fine-tune this tactic. Walleye may prefer one large rod snap or favour two consecutive, shorter snaps. A jig’s drop speed is another detail. A 1/8 ounce jig falls slower than a 3/8 ounce. A 1/4 ounce represents a middle ground. Experiment with the fall rate to learn what triggers the most bites. Also test the length of time a jig rests on bottom. Some outings a jig barely makes it to the floor before it’s eaten. Other days, pausing a second or two gives walleye the time needed to find and eat the jig.
The Only Jigs you Need
The 1/8, 1/4 and 3/8 ounce Bucktail Jig are ideal for rip jigging. The oval-shaped, forward-weighted head easily slides through vegetation and falls straight down on slack line. This helps the jig consistently penetrate cover and get to bottom where walleye lurk in ambush.
The VMC Bucktail Jig is incredibly durable. The hair maintains its shape, providing an inducive profile presentation, which combined with 3D holographic eyes helps it get noticed by more walleye. The premium hi-carbon steel, chemically sharpened needle point hook withstands savage reaction strikes from walleye and hard hook-sets.
The 1/8, 1/4 and 3/8 ounce Twitchin' Jig are also ideal for rip jigging. Similar to the Bucktail, the circular-shaped, forward-weighted head allows the jig to penetrate vegetation and get to the areas where walleye wait to ambush. The major differences between the two are the larger holographic moon eye and larger profile presentation of the Twitchin' Jig. The larger profile with more enhanced visual attractors comes from its premium rabbit hair body and strip tail with tinsel fibres, flashabou and living silicone. Both are effective jigs with the finest hi-carbon steel, chemically sharpened needle point hook, so it really comes down to your preference!
Black and Purple colours provide a dark silhouette, which some favour for rip jigging. White, Chartreuse White, Orange and Pink Fire UV should not be overlooked as bright colours also stimulate bites.
Rod, Reel and Line Particulars
A medium-power spinning rod is recommended for rip jigging. The 13 Fishing 6’7” Omen Black is a great choice. Its length allows for short, precise pitches, while still delivering the leverage and power needed for staying in control of a big walleye.
The Creed K 2000 features instant anti-reverse, which is a must for rip jigging. The strong, one-piece aluminum handle, fat bail wire and 8-pound silky smooth drag are other benefits.
Sufix 832 Advanced Superline in 20-pound-test is recommended. No-stretch superline delivers the best rip jigging action. Plus, its thin diameter and superior abrasion resistance effortlessly slice through weeds, so you can fish clean the entire retrieve. Many anglers have excellent results tying 832 direct to a bucktail jig. Rip-jigging’s speed doesn’t give walleye time to be line shy. Others prefer including a 12 to 18 inch, 15- to 20-pound fluorocarbon leader and a small, barrel swivel. The fluoro adds stealth, while reducing bite-offs from incidental northern pike. The swivel prevents line twist.
Ripping bucktail jigs around weeds covers water, triggers reaction strikes and consistently catches walleye. Give it a try this season. We guarantee you’ll like the results.