Hi guys and gals. Jiggin season is upon us and the Detroit River could be just the perfect place for some outdoor fun. So, for those of you who haven't done this before, I want to give you some tips that will make the time spent on the river, not just a lot of fun but, who knows, maybe you'll catch a fish of a lifetime.
When it comes to rods and reels, there are different options like the St Croix Legend Tournament Walleye Spinning Rod, which is a high-end option, or a bunch of 6'6'' Fenwicks or, if you are out jigging for the first time, the 5'6'' Denali Rod together with a 1 ounce jighead. It is very important that when jigging, the motion is vertical so, in order to achieve that easily, when first time out, you would need a shorter rod with a heavier jig.
As for the line, the braided line is the one to go here. Braided fireline to be more precise. And, because there is a chance to get snagged up, from the braid you will have to tie a barrel swivel which, together with an 18-20 inch piece of fluorocarbon, link up to a snap and a jighead. The idea here is that the fluorocarbon (which costs considerably less) breaks sooner than the braided line so go for an 8 lb. fluoro and a 10 lb. braided line.
Now let's talk a little about the best jigs for the job. There are the classic live bait jig with a stinger hook that you could use but Forktails would be the better option, especially if you just started fishing. What's really great about these is that, unlike the live bait, it doesn't go away if the fish bites but doesn't get hooked. And they come in custom fish-attracting patterns like Firetiger Pearch, Barbie or Wonderbread. Even better, you can customize them yourself. It's cool to make your own jigs.
So... these are just a few tips when you want to get out on the Detroit River for the first time. Once out on the river, fish won't be the only ones that will get hooked. I promise you that. Fun is guaranteed. And who knows, a 15 ponder might be your next catch.