I plan to really give jigging a fair shake this summer for salmon. I picked up some buzzbombs, wilson darts, shimano butterflies, and crippled herring.
So I go out practicing. I drop the jigs just below the surface so I can still visually see the action of the lures. I noticed that if I DON'T toss the jig with some upward momentum, it won't flutter out horizontally with consistency. This fluttering action makes the jig behave like a wounded fish. Amazing to see a hunk of lead come to life. I can see why salmon go for it. Solution is simple, toss the jig up, right?
Well here's the problem, either I'm a newbie, or a clutz, but I was constantly twisting my line around the rod tip. I tried an up and down motion, a circular motion, faster, slower, I ended up tangling every 4th or 5th try. Practiced about an hour and had a couple hum dinger rod tip tangles.
Any jigging vets have some pointers? I don't want to develop any bad habits that will be hard to unlearn.
Possibly relevant info: Running a Shimano Travela jigging rod with braid line.