Join B.A.S.S. and enjoy all exclusive content for Members.
Join Now

Heavy jigs for big bass

Finesse the winter bite, they say. Suffer through. It can be painfully slow, but it puts fish in the boat. Some anglers aren’t wired that way, and bucking the trend can pay big dividends.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is a “one-ton” jig. Referring to its 1-ounce weight, it’s a staple out West, often used to target bass in water as deep as 80 feet. In other parts of the United States, jigs weigh slightly less and are fished shallower, but the intent is the same. A big jig dragged along key structure consistently tricks the largest bass in that system.