Finesse jigs fall under the category of finesse fishing, a style of bass fishing that involves using small baits and light tackle. Finesse fishing is a technique often used in tough conditions, because it is very effective in getting finicky bass to bite. The finesse jig is one of the best finesse lures an angler can tie on when bass don’t seem to be eating anything.
Finesse jigs have the same basic design as typical bass jigs, only they are smaller and lighter. The skirt is a bit different too in most cases, it’s usually cut short to make it flair up around the head. The smaller size combined with the trimmed skirt makes the finesse jig a very compact bait, and more enticing to stubborn bass than a bulky jig.
Novice anglers sometimes believe that the smaller the bait, the smaller the bass you are going to attract. That could not be further from the truth. You are just as likely to catch a monster bass on a finesse jig as you are on any other jig. So some may ask, if you get more bites with a finesse jig and are just as likely to catch a big bass, then why not always use them over flipping jigs?
Well, while your odds of getting more bites on a finesse jig are usually greater, there are a few disadvantages to keep in mind. First of all, you are not going to be able to fish finesse jigs in thick cover the way you would a flipping jig. The weedguards on finesse jigs are softer and not designed to brush off thick weeds and timber. On top of that, the tackle and line you are using with these baits does not have the power to be horsing fish out of that thick cover.
Secondly, you would typically fish a finesse jig a lot slower than you would a flipping jig. Not only does it take longer for a lighter jig to reach the bottom, you typically want to work finesse baits slower than other lures. The disadvantage here is you cover a lot more water with a flipping jig than a finesse jig.