Jigheads are very similar to plastics. Some guys swear by minnow heads while others will only use round heads. Still others want a football head and some want a pill head. So we’ll give you an overview of your options, as it’s easy to experiment with, but we’ll also give you some of our favorites.
Here is an overview of the most common crappie jigheads:
- Round jig head
- Jighead Pill
- jighead minnow
- Jighead Mushroom / Ned
- Jighead Spinner
For the most part, anglers choose heads that best fit and present their plastics. With so many sizes of plastics and obviously you can fish for crappie in 1ft or 40ft of water there is a need to carry many different weights, sizes and colors of sinkers to match the water and plastics that you are fishing.
Here are some quick tips for choosing the best jig head.
If it’s a big, bulky plastic, a mushroom head or football head fits the plastic just fine. A heavier jig head will have more surface area and will accommodate very thick plastic. And a bigger plastic will make a lighter jighead float a lot more. If your plastic is bulky, you will need a nice barb or a double barb. If your plastic is thin, you will need a little wire or no wire and use super glue to hold your jig to the head. I will put wire on the stem of a jig head without attachment. The yarn gives the superglue and plastic something to stick to.
If your plastic jig has a narrow profile, a minnow head can be very good, as can a pill head. Both have a narrow profile. Pill heads have become very popular in recent years. They are good for casting and vertical jigging. If you are vertical jigging with a braid, you may want a heavier hook. If you are casting with a lighter line, you may want a much lighter jig head hook.
A round head is perfect for all situations and the most versatile of all jigheads. He casts well, jigs well vertically and jumps the best of all jigheads for shooting docks.
Finally, if you want a little more attraction, a spinner head can add some flash and vibration to a small jig. The Blakemore Road Runner is perhaps the most iconic jighead in crappie fishing. Its horse head shape and ventral blade make it an excellent choice for casting and trolling. Millions of crappie have been caught on spinning heads. Newer heads with collar attachments like the Jenko Whirly Bird offer the same flash and vibration with a slightly different orientation similar to the smaller Japanese jigheads.
Vertical jigging can be done effectively with 1/16 and 1/8 ounce jig heads. On fisheries with large crappie in deep open water, a 1/4 ounce head might be a better choice, especially in the wind. Jigging can be done well with 1/16 and 1/8 jigheads with the right setups.