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You can catch fish without using a trailer. My cousin was keeping up with me during a really hot pre spawn jig bite one day. We caught 13 four and five pounders, and countless 2lb plus fish. He caught just as many w/out a trailer, as I did w/one! Of course this could have had alot to do w/ the fact that the fish were activly feeding.

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Dragging, hopping, yo-yo, stroking, and swimming all have a time and a place. Really, it's up to the fish at any given moment to determine how you want to retrieve that jig.

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I ALWAYS use a trailer, and that trailer is ALWAYS a Rage Tail. Craws and Lobsters for more water movement, Baby Craws, Grubs, and Menaces for less.

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I ALWAYS use a trailer, and that trailer is ALWAYS a Rage Tail. Craws and Lobsters for more water movement, Baby Craws, Grubs, and Menaces for less.

 

 

 

I fish the Baby Craw T-rigged, naked. The Craw and Lobster Rage Rigged, Mojo or Jika.

However, I NEVER fish a jig without a trailer.

 

 

 

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However, I NEVER fish a jig without a trailer.

 

No hair jigs for those smallies, Kent?  Also, take a look at my latest Storm jig, the Bed Bug.  It's designed to be fished without a trailer, for bedding bass.

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I ALWAYS use a trailer, and that trailer is ALWAYS a Rage Tail. Craws and Lobsters for more water movement, Baby Craws, Grubs, and Menaces for less.

so what do you do when your jig needs to mimic a shad?? just limiting yourself to a crawdad imitation is limiting what all you can do with a jig. i have caught a lot of really big bass on a hair jig with a snaky tail trailer to mimic a shad when the bass are feeding more predominently on shad.

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 so what do you do when your jig needs to mimic a shad?? just limiting yourself to a crawdad imitation is limiting what all you can do with a jig. i have caught a lot of really big bass on a hair jig with a snaky tail trailer to mimic a shad when the bass are feeding more predominently on shad.

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If one reads Shane's complete comment, I think he may have provided the answer to your question already... And I'm not sure that anything in his comment was limiting him to craw imitations... 

 

Here are a couple of illustrations demonstrating one that he noted (TwinTail Menace) and another that I've seen photos of his catches with, the RAGE Shellcracker as a SwimJig trailer. 

 

You'll notice they are mounted in the upright position and not horizontal as a Craw imitator would be... A good Jig Fisherman AND THE BASS relate to them quickly as a Brim/Shad profile and this set up provides a faster fall rate as well as maneuvering through grass and trash easier... Hope this Helps   :thumbsup:  

 

IMO, there are trailers for any and all jigs that can improve their performance. It's up to the fisherman to figure this out ;)

 

 

shellcracker-swim-jig.jpg

 

TTMenace-swimjig.jpg

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Exactly. I can't even count the number of fish I've caught on a jig while they were feeding on bait fish like perch, bluegill, and baby bass. Lot's of good choices of baits to match up with a jig when you want a mid-water presentation. A jig and Craw is just the tip of the iceburg.

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No hair jigs for those smallies, Kent?  Also, take a look at my latest Storm jig, the Bed Bug.  It's designed to be fished without a trailer, for bedding bass.

 

My hair jig collection is large, but I don't really fish them much and as a result, haven't caught many smallmouth with them.

 

I love the Bed Bug, one of my all-time favorite jigs! However, I never intentionally fish bedding bass and will be using a trailer

on them, too.

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sorry, i did go back and look, and you did mention a grub. so many fisherman never realize the fish catching potential of a simple jig. i rate them as the best fishing tool in the tackle box. i know there are many bassers that think the jig bite is none existent, but they are still throwing the standard rubber or silicone skirt with some type of crawdad imitating trailer. but, a aimple change to hair and a long slender trailer would have them right back in the ball game with a jig.

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so what type of line do you guys use? and what colors? right now im using green braid, but it can be a little hard to see sometimes

 

15lb flouro for 95% of my jigging.  I also am using some Tuff Line braid when the occasion arises that I need it.

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so what type of line do you guys use? and what colors? right now im using green braid, but it can be a little hard to see sometimes

 

Here are some factors to consider that may cause change in line choices:

 

Water clarity and or daylight conditions, jig weight, type of habitat or structure your fishing, depth your fishing, type of equipment like rod and reel used, average size of fish you are targeting or expecting to catch, the style or jig fishing technique you've chosen, whether on waters with HEAVY fishing pressure or otherwise... and there are others.

 

You can see when it comes to jig fishing, as with ANY other style or Lure presentations chosen, it's possible and often necessary to match the line size and type with the jig chosen to the conditions being fished, to increase your success.

 

An Example to give some clarity... Smaller diameter lines that are harder to detect and Fluoro's may be the best choice for lighter smaller weight jigs in clear calm water and skys where the fish are pressured and in more open water conditions   :)  Then as conditions change, you may be able to fish with more durable, heavier lb test and more visible lines. This is just a basic explanation and hope it helps    ;)        

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New convert to jig fishing. Been a die hard texas rigg fisherman forever, but after 2 4 pounders :respect-059: in a honey hole that usually produces 1-2 pounders max- Gonna fish a jigg a LOT.

 

How is the best way to trim the weed guard?

I cut it at an angle with the longest end on bottom but feel that with long end on top would be better a weedless configuration.

How far past point do you trim it? I have been leaving it 1/8-1/16" just past the hook (covering the hook). Or do you cut it short of the tip of hook?

 

I know there is a video or article on this but can't find it,  Thanks

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Jig has become a word to define a heavy cover jig with a brush style weed gaurd and that's is only 1 style with several head shape variations.

Fishing a "jig" in heavy brush, off color water, you need heavy enough tackle ( rod and line) to control a large bass and to set the heavy wire hook these jigs have. Little reason to have a FC leader under those circumstances, unless it makes you more confident.

The only time I use a heavy cover style jig is in heavy cover and isn't very often where I fish, unless it's night and bass are in tight cover. Heavy line for me is 14 lb FC, 10 lb FC is standard and I am fishing for giant bass in clear rocky deep structure lakes, with 1/2 pz jig, no fiber weed guard, 5/0 medium wire hook, 5 power rod.

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just some info in case anyone didnt mention this but to help with the confidence a bit (not sure if they still do this but i guess they do?) each military survival kit comes with a jig and has been for very many years

 

that said i use jigs all the time i either reel them in extremely slow and let it drag the bottom or i bump it up and down a bit then drag it 

that is also excellent for catching snook too (which is what i primarily fish for) but ive been more on bass fishing lately 

 

really i have found thats its hard to not work a jig the right way

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Jig fishing is simply an amazing tactic for all year fishing. For winter or summer and all between jigs will catch fish! I prefer booyah and strike king jigs personally. I always rig them with a rage craw by rage tail. The trailor produces water movement, realisticism, as well as a coffee scent that drives bass crazy. As far as ow to work i do 3 things, hops, drags, and swim and hop combos which give it a very active crawfish immatator for those excited bass as well as reaction stikes. Hope i could help. now get out there and catch a lunker on a summer jig !

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What jig head would be ideal for rocky bottom with heavy grass/weeds? I found a new spot (pond sized) near my dads house that is an overflow or a flood management system for an adjacent (payment required to enter) lake. It is full of soccer ball size rocks and heavy weeds or moss. I did not get a chance to fish it (no IL license yet), but my sons did. I don't have many jigs so I don't want to start tossing them and losing a bunch.

 

Weeds tell me brush style, like http://www.siebertoutdoors.com/index.php/brush-jig'>these Siebert ones, but the rocks tell me football head. I have both styles. I am fishing from shore since I both have no boat, but there is no launch either, so I will be casting and retrieving as opposed to flipping/pitching.

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