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Head, Plastic or Wire Weed Guard, Hair or Rubber Skirts, and larger
than normal hooks and trailers of pork, plastic, or
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!
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!
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