As warm weather approaches, one of my favorite techniques on developed lakes is skipping a jig. It started when I lived in Jacksonville, Florida and a short distance from the fabled St. Johns River. Thousands of docks dotted the shoreline from Jacksonville to Lake George and I cut my teeth learning everything I could about the technique—from the casting, to the rod and reel, to line all the way to the trailer.
Sure, being able to pinpoint a jig next to an inside dock post or a hidden brush pile takes skill. It takes the right rod and reel, the right line—but in my opinion, the biggest key is the right jig and trailer. All jigs for skipping are not created equally. You don’t take a knife to a gun fight and you surely don’t try to skip a football head jig under a dock.