thanks for all the info guy's what about fishing really thick grass out in open water should i use more of a finesse jig?
And the answer to the thick grass would be: It Depends......on how you want to fish that grass. If you want to get down through the canopy of that thick grass, you would be much better served by a 1 oz jig on really stout gear. If you want to swim your jig over or alongside of the grass, a lighter jig with a full skirt would give you more speed and depth control for swimming. If you want to just hit the holes in the grass, pitch a 3/8 oz with a craw trailer to the holes. Just like Todd said, it's all about different situations.
My advice to someone who is wanting to learn to fish a jig is to go out and get a few in different head styles and weights, and simply go and fish them. I also like to stay with basic jig colors sch as brown or black, and make most of my variations through choice of trailer. Once you start to develop some confidence in a color and trailer combination, start to experiment a a little. You will start to develop your own preferences for style, color and presentations, and they will be somewhat different from everyone else. I mainly fish Clear Lake, Sonoma, and Berryessa. They are all outstanding jig fishing lakes, and they each fish way differently from the others. It would not be difficult at all to put together a dedicated jig box for each lake based on the different ways I fish those lakes.
Here's a plan to get you started.
1. Buy some jigs. Black or brown, football and arky style, 1/4 through 3/4 oz
2. Buy some trailers. Get whatever colors you would use with confidence if you were fishing a worm. Grubs, craws, beavers, pork, brush hogs are all good. Any big nasty plastic with good movement and bulk is good.
3. Make sure you have the right gear. Good jig gear = STOUT gear. Most jigs have a fairly heavy hook and weed guard, and you need a bit of power to get that hook driven home, and the fish moving toward you. I use heavy rods and no less than 14 pound fluorocarbon line in open water, 16 pound fluorocarbon line around rocks and docks, timber and sparse cover, and 65 pound braid when flippin jungle stuff at Clear Lake and Sonoma. Too light of a rod will humble you
4. Get out and fish. Take only your jig gear, and leave them girly crankbaits at home. Crankin is for sissies anyway. Throw that jig and nothing but, and you will get bit.
5. Have faith. Know that there is no wrong way to fish a jig. It is the most versatile bait you can own. The only way I know of that you will not catch a fish with a jig is to not fish it.
Drag yourself on up to the Sonoma tourney in Feb, and take a look around at the end. I'm betting you'll see some guys that used some jig stuff collecting some money at the end.