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Several times each year I am get asked to do a seminar on some aspect of fishing for various groups; Boy Scouts, Rotary Clubs, Sportsman Clubs and civic groups. Doing fishing seminars is a lot of fun, talking about fishing to a group of interested people sharing experiences and knowledge about something really enjoyable. It does not get a lot better than that. No matter what the topic of the seminar, at the end when the floor is open for questions sooner or later one question is always asked: If you could fish with just one lure, what would that lure be?

The first time I was asked that, it took a little thought to sort through all the possibilities, conditions, fish species, weather conditions, and time of year. After thinking through all of the possible choices one lure was in each and every column making the choice an easy one. The most versatile lead jig lure in your tackle box.

This jig can be – and has been – used for catching northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie and walleye; probable the only lure that can be used with every size and shape of plastic worm, crawfish, swim bait, any creature available, as well as live bait (minnows, nightcrawlers, wax worms, leeches). It can be used for fishing in 1foot to more than 60 feet of water, in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. U-light tackle to heavy-action rod and reel combos can be used. This jig is also probably the easiest lure to learn to fish with but is overlooked a lot because it is not very flashy or interesting. My tackle assortment has jigs from 1/32 ounce up to 2 ounces and in a lot of colors and head shapes. A couple of years ago someone at one of the seminars said “OK, jigs are really a lot of different lures, so out of all the jigs, can you pick just one to use?” Good question. The answer? A 1/8 oz. round head jig in black. That one could do for fishing all day, every day.

The season approaches, get that tackle ready to go. Until next time, keep a tight line.

Contact Dick at hookedonfishing@comcast.net.