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What would be yalls opinion for a jig trailer when you don't really know what all forage is in the lake...I'm fishing a 300 acer man made public lake if that helps...I'm mainly fishing towards the bank

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Never go wrong with rage craws

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There's a good chance that there is probably crawfish and bluegill / bream. Get a craw and a twin grub trailer. You can't go wrong with green pumpkin or browns with purple, reds, or blue,flakes. The rage line up can cover these needs.

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Twin tail grub for starters.

Then crawfish imitators.

Remember, sometimes the bass want fast movng claws and other times they don't.

Rage Tail has fast moving claws so have some with you.

Match the trailer color to the jig color.

You can use any trailer you want including a big plastic frog.

Experiment and the bass will let you know what they want.

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Don't be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to trailers.  Like Sam said, sometimes bass want action and sometimes little to no action.  A great option to consider is a flat-tailed 3-4" grub or an unsalted 5" finesse worm so that the tail of the worm dangles and drifts upwards tantalizing wary bass.  The flat-tailed grub will aid in the fall rate, especially  on smaller jigs like Bitsy Bugs in 3/16oz.  If you have jigs without rattles, you can insert a small glass rattle into the grub or add one of those dual rattles you slip ofver the jig shank.  Traditional thinking when stalking wary bass or unknown waters can often lead to success, but it can also be a chance to change things up and thinnk outside the box.

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Twin tail grub for starters.

Then crawfish imitators.

Remember, sometimes the bass want fast movng claws and other times they don't.

Rage Tail has fast moving claws so have some with you.

Match the trailer color to the jig color.

You can use any trailer you want including a big plastic frog.

Experiment and the bass will let you know what they want.

 

X2, great all around info right here. Have a couple different trailers to try until the fish tell you what they want. It can/will vary everyday depending on the mood of the fish. 

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It's winter nearly everywhere bass live, water temps dictate seasonal periods, my guess your small lake has cold water, less than 50 degrees. This means you slow down and fish water by the dam area. Jigs are good worked down hill in the winter and fish it deeper than you normally would. Soft plastic trailers are not very soft in cold water, you may be better off trying a pork rind trailer like Uncle Josh #32 crawdad or #11 frog in black. Black works very good in most cold water conditions and you can use a black trailer on a different color jig; brown, purple , blue all work, all black is your best choice. 1/2 oz is a good general use size jig, avoid using a jig with dull hooks, use a jig with a premium hook, 4/0 is good size for 1/2 oz.

Read the pinned jig thread on top of this page.

Tom

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