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Jigs Year Round
on Tuesday 01 December 2009
by Ken Sturdivant

Jigs Year Round

By Ken Sturdivant


Fish a jig and trailer all year because bass love the crayfish.

One of the best bass producers all year is the jig. Crayfish are one of the prime food sources for bass and the jig very closely resembles this natural bait.

On numerous occasions we find a crayfish in the live well of my boat, spit up by bass. It’s well documented that bass would rather feast on crayfish than any other live bait. That’s why the jig is such an effective lure.

The jig is basically a lead head with a hook molded onto it, then dressed with a rubber, hair added to decrease snags when the lure is worked through shore line or deepwater cover.

An array of trailers are used in combination with the jig to give it increased bulk, slow the rate of fall or give it a more appealing action.

The living rubber skirt on the jig tends to billow and gyrate much more effectively than plastic skirts when resting on the bottom. The jig paired with a pork rind trailer is commonly referred to as the jig and pig.

Other anglers prefer plastic trailers on their bait, such as the Riverside Big Claw, a Yamamoto twin tail trailer, a Zoom Fat Albert twin tail trailer or Salty Sucker Craw Worm. These trailers provide a striking resemblance to live crayfish.

When fishing dingy water or presenting a bait to bass in heavy cover, a larger jig up to three eighths to three fourths ounce with a large pork trailer or plastic crayfish trailer is preferred to give bass a larger and more visible target to strike. In clear water, a smaller jig and trailer seem to produce best.

We use a Strike King Bitsey Bug for small mouth and spotted bass all year.

Many anglers not adept at fishing the jig and pig will quickly abandon it after several casts go without success. The main reason for this lack of success is that novice jig fisherman retrieve the bait much too rapidly and fail to make constant bottom contact.

You can fish the jig in a slow fashion, hopping it along the lake bottom through stump fields, around dock pilings, along ledges and down rocky points.

When fishing the jig in open cover, such as along channel ledges or deep points, 10 to 14 pound test is preferred and both spinning and casting tackle is suitable.

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The Senko is just a big fat worm, no more no less. Rig it Texas rig, Carolina rig or weightless. Spinning or bait casting outfits will work. Add some scent and stick a glass rattle in the bait for sound.