The crappie jig now comes in countless sizes, colors, and materials but the principle is the same- a small, light-weight, lead-head lure with a flexible tail that mimics a small baitfish in trouble. The jigging action from which the crappie jig gets its name is given to the lure by periodically flipping the wrist to bounce it off the bottom in little hops or around weeds and other structure that naturally attract crappie.
But even though a standard store-bought jig will catch you fish it is fun to customize things a bit by making your own. You can even make your own jigheads if you want, but the videos below concentrate on designing and tying your own special lures much like flyfishermen make trout flies.
I’ve always liked the idea of fly tying both as an art form and relaxing winter pastime, but since I’m not much into either troutfishing or even flyfishing, I have left this hobbie to others, but these videos make jig tying look simple enough that even I may give it a try.
Whether you go the store-bought route or make your own, crappie jigs are a great addition to your crappie fishing arsenal. And in your larger sizes, a crappie jig will double as a great bass bait as well. Tip the jig with a leech or piece of nightcrawler and they are pretty irresistible to a nice largemouth, smallmouth or jumbo bluegill.