Many anglers like jigging for Walleye using plastic grub s and even tipping their jig with a minnow, leech or nightcrawler. There are a select number of walleye anglers that fish warm-lakes which have lots of weeds that find hair jigs the most productive especially when working right in and around the weeds and using a technique referred to as “snap-jigging” or “rip-jigging”.
This technique works best with a 1/4 or 3/8 oz round or banana shaped jighead and bucktail hair (deer hear form it’s tail). The most productive color in many cases is black since it gives off the best silhouette. Josh Westerink show’s off some of the Walleye he has been catching jigging around weeds in the Kawartha Chain of Lakes, ON.
To “rip-jig” efficiently it helps to have a stiffer rod and use a braided line so that the jig responds to even the smallest movement of the rod-tip. The braid also helps to “cut” the jig when you do hit some weeds and then enables it to continue to drop cleanly often getting a Walleye to strike. In most cases the angler just gives snappy jigs and let’s the jig fall. When he goes to snap again he just feels a fish on.
This technique works especially well fishing in and around weeds.