Product Spotlight:Trout Mini JigsTrout Mini Jigs•Which ones are the best?•What is the perfect setup?•How do I fish for trout with mini jigs?Leland's Lures Trout Magnet Trout Mini Jig Neon KitWhich mini jigs are are the best for trout? Fishing for trout is a kick in the pants when the trout are biting. Trout are a strong fighting fish, and wow is it fun to feel the fight on a light weight rod and reel with light line. They do fight hard though, so it’s important to set your drag so you don’t lose the fish on the way in. It’s also important to choose the right lure. Mini Jigs are the perfect lure to have in your arsenal to entice trout to bite. It’s important to balance the perfect jig body with the perfect jig head to ensure an even sink of the jig instead of what happens with a lot of jigs that I have tried where the head barrels straight down pulling to the bottom, which makes the lure not look like a natural bait fish minnow. What is the perfect setup?It is crucial to have the right gear when trying to entice trout to bite. One thing that I like to use is a mini jig to fish for trout. It’s important to keep the jig off the bottom as trout will typically bite lures and baits that are in front of them or above them. I like to use 2 pound test line, on a light weight reel, and a long light weight rod to match. The longer rod will take some of the pressure off of the fishing line itself, to put less stress on the line which will reduce the risk of having your line break and losing that lunker trout you are trying to reel in. Let’s take a look at what we recommend to use for the best in using mini jigs for trout fishing. Fishing Rod: 5’6” to 7’ Light to Medium Weight Spinning Rod A light weight fishing rod will provide more feeling and more action when fishing to give you the ability to sense more strikes, and will also give you more action in feeling the fish fight on as you reel them in. A longer fishing rod will also take more of the pressure off of the line, and with light line it is critical to take the pressure off of the line so that the line doesn’t break and you won’t lose your fish. Ugly Stik Carbon Spinning Reel and Rod Fishing ComboFishing Reel: Light to Medium Weight Spinning ReelThe spinning reel should match the spinning rod. Look for a reel for the line rating that you prefer to use. I would recommend for beginners to start with 4 pound test, and once mastered move to a lower 2 pound test. So look for a reel that is rated to 4 or 6 pound test line. Abu Garcia Pro Max Spinning Reel Mono Capacity yd/lbSize 5 = 190/2 100/4 80/6Size 10 = 140/4 110/6 80/8Fishing Line: 2 to 4 Pound Test LineLighter line is easier to cast, and casts further with less weight needed to cast further. Lighter line will also get less pulling of the line in a current or windy conditions so your line will have a better chance at staying exactly where you want it. Lighter line is also less visible to fish, to give you more chances for a trout to bite your jig.Berkley Trilene TransOptic Monofilament Fishing Line The first and only Nylon Monofilament fishing line to physically change color! Changes to bright gold in the sunlight so that you can see the line allowing you to see more strikes. The fishing line changes back to clear under water so that the fish don’t see it so that you can catch more fish. Breakthrough nylon co-polymer formula that has excellent shock and knot strength. Fishing Leader: 2 to 4 Pound Fluorocarbon LeaderWhy we recommend: Fluorocarbon line is invisible under water, invisible to fish.Seaguar Fluorocarbon Leader Material 25yds Lightweight Fishing Floats: A light weight fishing float will keep your trout jig at the right depth you are looking for, and keep the jig off the bottom, so that your lure will be in the strike zone for these trout. The small amount of extra weight provided by the float will help you cast further. The light weight floats will also help you to detect the smallest of strikes ensuring a perfectly timed hook set. Trout Mini Jigs: For the jigs, it’s important to get the small jig bodies to entice the trout. I prefer the split tail type body, in bright colors like chartreuse or pink. I do keep a good stock of an assortment of colors, however, so that when my bright go to colors aren’t working I like to try out other colors until I find one that the trout will bite on. Z-Man Swimmin Trout TrickTrout Mini JigsTrout Mini Jig Heads: The jig head is just as important as the jig body as this will control the weigh the jig sinks. It’s important to have your bait sink evenly, almost flat in the water, to make it look like a bait fish minnow swimming straight. The jig head size should be light enough to ensure even weight distribution to ensure a straight jig when sinking. Otherwise you will end up with the jig head barreling down straight towards the bottom which does not look like the natural bait fish. My preferred size is 1/32 or 1/64 ounce. Large Assortment of Jig HeadsHow do I fish for trout with mini jigs?The technique that I prefer to use Trout Mini Jigs to catch more trout is to first check my line for any abrasions on the line that could cause my line to break on a good fish. I always pull off about five feet of line, and throw it away, so that any of the line that typically could hit rocks or other obstacles in the water from my last trip are removed. I then feel the line as I slide the next five feet through my fingers to feel for any abrasions. If the line is perfectly smooth, then I am good to go. I tie the fluorocarbon leader to my line, not using any swivels or other hardware. I then hook the jig head on the jig body, ensuring that the jig hook comes out at the split tail facing up, ensure that it is straight to eliminate any odd movements of the lure when you are twitching and jigging the lure through the water. I slip on an E-Z trout float typically about a foot above where the mono and the fluorocarbon are tied together. Then tie the jig onto the line and you are good to go. Cast out to where you want to target, let the mini jig sink for a few seconds, then reel and twitch the rod end up and down as you perform a slow retrieve of the jig. Once you feel that strike, set that hook, and it’s Fish On! Enjoy!Strike King Mr Crappie Sausage HeadsDisclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. 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