You can’t help but admire bass pro Andy Montgomery when he skips a jig 20 feet under a low boat dock with baitcasting tackle. The South Carolinian makes it look easy.
It isn’t. Skipping a jig accurately for distance with a baitcaster is bass fishing’s hardest cast. It is also one of the most rewarding. Montgomery’s jig-skipping skill has earned him a pile of cash in major tournaments across the country.
“I grew up fishing pressured lakes like Norman and Wiley,” he says. “If you didn’t learn how to skip a jig under docks there, you didn’t catch fish.”
Montgomery goes with a 7-foot, 2-inch, medium-heavy baitcasting rod with a fast, flexible tip, and matches it with a 7.3:1 reel filled with 20-pound fluorocarbon. He mainly skips a 1/2-ounce Strike King Hack Attack Jig dressed with Strike King’s plastic KVD Sr. Chunk. The jig’s skirt must be tied on to prevent it from sliding down as it makes contact with the water.
1. Make a sharp, underhand roll cast with about one foot of line between the rodtip and jig. The jig should sweep inches above the water during the forward cast.
2. Zip the jig just above the surface and clip the water about five feet in front of the opening you’ve targeted. As the jig begins to skip, point the rod at the target and raise your arm.
3. Continue raising the rod until the jig stops skipping. This reduces line tension and helps with backlash control. Loose anti-backlash settings and an educated thumb are critical.