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When do y'all use one over the other? What trailers do you like? Do you fish them similiar to a spinnerbait? I have started fishing in some heavy grass and weeds and I need a smaller pofile to penetrate this thick stuff. Spinnerbaits drag in too much grass and it kills my presentation. I am currently using 1/4 oz swim jigs. If i were to upgrade to 3/8oz or even 1/2 oz that would help me navigate through the thicker areas of grass and junk, right? Thanks in advance guys. I am new to swim jiggin' so i want to get the best understanding before I order from NSCB.

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in open water i start with spinnerbait. if they dont want the blades/vibration i switch to swimjig. if around weeds i start with a chatterbait b/c its easy to bounce them off the weeds w/o getting hung up or collecting weeds. then move to swimjig. i love boss swimjigs (@fishingskirts). they have a recessed eye which doesn't get hung up in weeds

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When do y'all use one over the other? What trailers do you like? Do you fish them similiar to a spinnerbait? I have started fishing in some heavy grass and weeds and I need a smaller pofile to penetrate this thick stuff. Spinnerbaits drag in too much grass and it kills my presentation. I am currently using 1/4 oz swim jigs. If i were to upgrade to 3/8oz or even 1/2 oz that would help me navigate through the thicker areas of grass and junk, right? Thanks in advance guys. I am new to swim jiggin' so i want to get the best understanding before I order from NSCB.

They each have their place, but since the heavy grass is causing problems while using your spinnerbait it sounds like you should use the swim jig. From my experience, the added weight does help the jig cut through grassy/weedy vegetation. I see it wise to have an assortment of different weights, because they each allow you to fish differently and vary your presentation. This will allow you to experiment and find out what works. Good luck!

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I like the swim jig in clear water, thicker grass, and/or colder water. 3/8 oz is pretty much my do all size, I can fish it in a foot of water, or 20 feet of water. I will go heavier or lighter if 3/8's for some reason is just not doing what I want that day. I keep the trailers simple, a Rage tail grub most of the time, and will occasional use a Paca Craw, or a paddle tail, like a GYCB swiming senko. Spinnerbaits get the nod in darker water, and at certain times of the year, like late pre spawn or in the fall, just before the water temps make the first big drop. Not a couple degrees, but like those times when it drops 10 degrees or more in 2-3 days. Any time toothy fish are biting hot and heavy along with the bass, a spinner bait is preferable, for the simple reason they get bit off less. Truth be told though, I prefer a squarebilled crank to the both of them, but sometimes the fish don't.

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I'm a spinnerbait guy but it the bite is tough or if I'm finding bass buired in weedbeds I'll use a swimjig. I use 2 different trailers, the main one is a Rage Craw, this has great action as I'm swimming the jig along but due to the craw profile of the Rage Craw I can kill the jig and actually work it slower on the bottom and this is very effective at times. The other trailer is a Lunker City Swim Fish, it is a typical paddle tail bait and I like to use this when fishing coontail weedbeds that have come to the surface, the heavy weeds constantly foul spinnerblades so the swimjig is the perfect alternative. I like the swim fish because it comes in the perfect length and bulk that match my swimjigs and it swims really nice at a slow pace which is a must for a trailer of this type.

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