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Question About Jigs

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The trailer helps to give some life and action to the jig. Its a very important piece of the puzzle.

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Sometimes jigs work better without trailers but I find that I catch more with trailers. You could still catch fish without a trailer.

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While typically everyone uses something like a craw for a trailer, you COULD use it without. Is there a certain reason you are asking about without?

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For one thing, and especially using something like a twin tail, the jig falls slower.

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greyleg33 nailed this, the profile of your trailer controls your fall rate. It will slow the jig down. A trailer made with floating material has action in the water when you are dead sticking, which is pretty important if you are REALLY fishing slowly. I do use jigs without trailers and they still work.

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New to jig fishing, I would start out with two types of trailers. A twin tail grub and a craw type.

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Trailers are crucial to catching bass because they help add action or help make the jig look more realistic by providing a gliding action.

I would start by getting a few sizes (3/16, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2) in a few different colors that you have heard work in your area. Generally, the basic watermelon colors and black/blue color combinations are going to produce the most fish, but there are also bodies of water where the bass only hit a very specific color.

I would consider looking into NorthStar Custom Baits premier or pro series jigs and swim jigs (used as a moving bait)

Hope this helps!

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You can use any plastic in your tackle box as a trailer. By changing the trailer you can give the jig a whole new appearance. I will tie on a new jig only after I have tried 4 or 5 different plastics as trailers.

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Vinny chase is dead on, I always have 2 jigs tied on black and blue with a black chunk trailer, and a watermelon candy with a crawfish trailer on 5/16 - 3/8 usually unless power fishing post spawn I will switch to 1/2 oz another tip that has helped me is using 15-20 lb flouro instead of braid, not sure which your using.

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Definitely use the 10lb. I do my shore fishing w/ 12lb Trilene Big Game, so I can switch off between jigs and other baits such as frogs and spinnerbaits and don't have to carry a unch of rods. Jig size depends on the water you are fishing. Deeper, say 5-10', go 1/4-3/8. Shallow say 0-5' I like 1/8 and 3/16 oz. For most ponds I use the smaller ones, they seem to work better. As for color, you cant go wrong with all black.

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