I would not go out and buy a new rig yet, just because you've never used a jig. I'm sure you already have a rod and reel that will work fine. I would use whatever rod your using for worms or spinnerbaits. I'm like you though, I'm not proficient with a jig in fresh water and wish I was. I use jigs all the time in salt, but it's a lot different for Fresh. If you're near Toledo Bend, then I would suggest getting with Darold Gleason. I fished with him last summer, and I was impressed how fishing with jigs and in deep water was second nature to him. Good luck.