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Spider Jigs Vs Jig N Craw Preference And Why?

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So Ive read where people absolutely swear by a Spider Grub/jig over a traditional Jig n Trailer...

Im gonna open this for debate...which is better and why?

In which situations/conditions does one shine(prove more effective) over the other?

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That would depend on the definition of a spider jig. The original spider jig was a Bobby Garland spider shirt and twin or single tail grub. Gary Yamamoto offered the spider skirt attached to the grub and called it a Hula grub. Others now make Hula grubs like Chompers etc.

a spider jig is simply a hula grub on either a stand up or football plain jig, simple and very effective when cast and retrieved like a Texas rigged worm.

Jig and craw or jig and pig is usually a jig head with a weed guard, Arkie, football, etc., with a skirt attached to the jig head and a trailer added. The advantage is you have a wider choice of skirt materials, color, trailer combinations and the weed guard to fish in heavier cover.

Spider jigs are excellent choice in more open water with rocky structure and light cover.

Jig and craw are excellent in heavier cover, weeds, wood, etc.

Tom

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I'll use spider jigs when I want more of a finness presentation as it's a more compact bait. Then again, I don't fish much heavy cover, but when I do, the traditional Arkie gets the nod.

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That would depend on the definition of a spider jig. The original spider jig was a Bobby Garland spider shirt and twin or single tail grub. Gary Yamamoto offered the spider skirt attached to the grub and called it a Hula grub. Others now make Hula grubs like Chompers etc.

a spider jig is simply a hula grub on either a stand up or football plain jig, simple and very effective when cast and retrieved like a Texas rigged worm.

Jig and craw or jig and pig is usually a jig head with a weed guard, Arkie, football, etc., with a skirt attached to the jig head and a trailer added. The advantage is you have a wider choice of skirt materials, color, trailer combinations and the weed guard to fish in heavier cover.

Spider jigs are excellent choice in more open water with rocky structure and light cover.

Jig and craw are excellent in heavier cover, weeds, wood, etc.

Tom

 

WRB explained extremely well, spider jigs/hula grubs and jig-n-pigs are 2 entirely different presentations. You also have a the downsized version like the old Cabin Creek salty spiders which were more of a finesse bait as they were only like 2" or so with a light soft plastic skirt and were fished on a light wire ball head jig without a weed guard. The larger hula grubs are sometimes used as jig trailers but without the skirt on them but they are different so choosing which to use would, to me, be based on how heavy the cover is in the area you are going to fish.

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Are you talking about spider grubs like a Chompers or a Finesse style jig?

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Like Chompers

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Generally, the spiders are a finesse type presentation, with lighter baits, tackle and line.  Keitech and Cabin Creek are two that I like to use.  I use them on a 1/16 - 1/4 oz. single wire guard jig head - usually ball heads or footballs. Sparse weeds, cold clear water, smallies present is the usual circumstances, but not always.

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I like the GYCB Single Tail Hula Grub. One big advantage is the ability to rig them weedless.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks. 

 

Is it better then a jig.  No, but I wouldnt say its worse at times.  Just a different type of presentation.  I do not throw the spider grubs much anymore.  They do work and are great baits.  When I do fish one its mostly like what JFrancho said. 

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