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The Tackle Box

by Ralph B. Spoerl

 


Photo: FLWOutdoors

JIG AND TRAILER
(Lead Head, Plastic or Wire Weed Guard, Hair or Rubber Skirts, and larger than normal hooks and trailers of pork, plastic, or  whatever works)

 It Works!

  We as bass fishing people have used the Jig and Trailer by hopping it, dragging it, skipping it and, what seems to be the latest technique, swimming it.  I ask you, is there any one lure in the bass tackle box that is more versatile?  Iím sure there isnít a bass fisherman around that hasnít depended on this jig at least once.  In the fall and winter, whether you throw it in and let it sit there or drag it, or in the spring and summer, whether you hop it, skip it or swim itóit just plain works!

  My thinking when I started using the jig was, ďHey!  Fish must think itís a crawfish.Ē  But, as I changed to the swimming technique, I thought it also appeared as a bluegill or minnow trying to avoid a predator.  But whether the lure appears as a crawfish when itís being hopped, or a minnow, as when itís being swam, the lureís appeal to the fish is unaffected. Thereís no getting away from itófish just canít stay away from this lure.

  Color and weight donít even seem to affect the jigís performance.  Personally, I prefer a black and blue jig, with a bright blue trailer.  However, from white to black and every color in between, this lure gets the job done.  As far as the weight is concerned, Iíve used everything from a 3/16 oz. jig to a one-ounce jig and yes, it still has worked.   Using a heavier weight when hopping or dragging the jig does seem to give a better feel of the bottom, however, when skipping or swimming the jig with a trailer, I prefer something around ľ oz.

 In my opinion, this particular lure combination fits almost any bass fishing personality or preference.  It will work no matter how you use it.  Knowing there are a multitude of head shapes, hook guards, hook angles, body styles, and more, I believe itís appropriate in this jigís case to simply choose the one (or ones) you prefer and learn to work with it (or them).  Rattles are also fine, but personally, I only use them in muddy water.  Itís been my experience that they spook the fish in most clear water situations.

 There may be traditional uses, sometimes even ďrules,Ē for using a jig with pork or plastic trailers, but sometimes, youíve just got to go with what bends your pole!

 And if all else failsÖ keep the TACKLE BOX open!  Thereís more inside!