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There's an art to using a jig

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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2003 10:12 pm | Updated: 1:34 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

If you watch how fish react to a jig, you will understand that presentation can be everything. Do you hop the jig or drag it; swim it or snap it?

According to fishing pro Eric Naig, if you are fishing in an area where the primary forage base is crayfish, you want to keep the jig on the bottom and drag and hop it. Fish will follow a jig as it's dragged over the rocks and rubble, and when it registers as something to eat, the fish will suck the lure right off the bottom.

If the forage base consists of minnows and shad, then a swimming retrieve with an occasional rod tip snap will mimic the baitfish. Schools of baitfish constantly dart from one position to another as they swim. If you add that occasional snap, it looks like there's a little fish for dinner to a big fish.


Scott Miller of Popular Outdoors will be presenting a program on Back Country Awareness and Proper Footwear for Hiking and Camping at this month's meeting of the Scottsdale Sportsman's Club. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 11, at the Eldorado Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road in Scottsdale. The meeting is open to the public at no charge. For information, call (480) 994-4750 or (602) 273-1633.

Charles Meck, noted flyfishing author, will present a program based upon his extensive knowledge of flyfishing Arizona waters at this month's meeting of the Arizona Flycaster Club. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Mar. 13, at the Sunnyslope Community Center, 802 E. Vogel St. in Phoenix. The public is cordially invited at no charge. For further information, call (480) 497-9008.


Think you know how to field judge Coues deer? is holding a contest in which you can view pictures of two bucks and guess the net Boone and Crockett score. The top 15 people who guess closest to the actual score get a 1/2-day seminar in the field with Coues deer hunting expert Duwane Adams of San Manuel. Adams will demonstrate proper glassing techniques and talk about the habits of the elusive Coues deer. The next five closest guesses will win a free copy of Adams' upcoming book "How to Hunt Coues Deer." Entry is free and the deadline to enter is March 20. Visit for more details.

Yamaha Outboards has added a new Team Yamaha Section to its Internet site.

Angling fans can learn all about their favorite pro anglers, including new fishing photos, boating and fishing tips, and even download printable pro trading cards.

In addition, there's a special First Fish Certificate that can be downloaded and printed at home in recognition of a youngsters catching that all-important first fish of a lifetime.

To visit the Yamaha Outboards Web site, log on to

and click on the image of the outboard motor. The home page will then appear with a click-through on the page index to reach the Team Yamaha page.

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