How to Fish With a Red Tail Hawk Jig

by Floyd Drake III

Jigs are an all-around fishing lure, used in both fresh and salt water.

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Jigs are an effective fishing lure, especially when fishing in areas with underwater vegetation. Comprised of a head, ranging from 1/4 to 2 oz., mounted to a hook with colored flare or bucktail concealing it, jigs attract a variety of fish, including bass, snook and seatrout. According to Red Tail Hawk, "The Red Tail Hawk lure is named for its long runner of red strands that trail a few inches beyond the end of the white or chartreuse hair." Although the Red Tail Hawk attracts a number of species, they were originally designed by Frank Neff with Florida fishing in mind. Red Tail Hawk jigs are easy to use, and catching your next fish can be just a cast away.

Tie the Red Tail Hawk jig to your fishing line using a clinch knot. To tie the clinch knot, thread the line through the eye, making a 5-inch loop. While pinching the loop, away from the jig, twist the line until the loop closes. Thread the end of the line through the loop opening at the eye, pulling it tight, once the end is threaded.

Open the bail on your reel and cast the jig into the water. Start reeling the jig in at an even pace. Different jig weights perform differently, with heavier jigs bouncing off the bottom and lighter ones used when greater sensitivity is desired, or when fishing in vegetated areas. Because of their design, jigs move in their distinct manner when reeled in slowly.

Drop the Red Tail Hawk into the water when over a reef or deep water. Using the drop-bait technique. allow the jig to sink to the bottom, reel in the slack, then give a slight jerk with the rod, causing the jig to jump. Let the jig sink again, and repeat.

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About the Author

A native of New Haven, Conn., Floyd Drake III began writing in 1984. His work has appeared in the "New Haven Register," Medford's "Mail-Tribune" and the "Ashland Daily Tidings." Drake studied journalism at Southern Connecticut State University. After working as a reporter in Oregon, he is now based back home in New Haven.