Jump to content
HoosierHawgs

Pork Or Plastic?

Recommended Posts

Do you use pork or plastic in the summer? Fall? Winter? Spring? If you had to choose one or the other to fish all the time as a jig trailer, which would you choose? I'm strictly talking chunk shaped baits....

 

Thanks,

 

Hoosier

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't used pork in years. Some say it is better in very cold water. For me it is more trouble than it's worth. There are just too many quality plastic options.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hands down, plastic. Ten years ago I would have said there was a time and place for pork. It's ability to stay supple in cold water along with the 'natural' flavor is what kept pork in many tackle boxes. Now, with all the different formulas for plastics, including scents, salt infused, and Elaztech there is no need, IMO, for it. Another plus to plastics is that they are much easier to remove from your jig not to mention the possibility, with pork of fueling the formation of rust on the hook.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pork is for eating.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use to use the jig n pig all the time. I just got away from it. It worked all year . I caught lots of big bass on pork in the summer.  I dont think I even have any pork frogs left. I need to get some because they  do work  quite well . I use  to add them to a Bass Buster Scorpion spinnerbait and work it along a certain bluff wall. Its funny how we stop using lures and techniques even though they still caught a lot of fish .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use pork frequently, year round.  Nothing can match the subtle action of a broken-in, well used #11 pork trailer.  Pork trailers are inconsistent...Even in the same package/jar.  The thick, chunky, lifeless ones are pretty worthless.  When you get a nice, thin-cut one you need to hold on to it!  They get better the more you use them.

 

I use plastic trailers pretty regularly too...But for the kind of jig-fishing I do the most, pork is usually hanging off the back :).

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do you use pork or plastic in the summer? Fall? Winter? Spring? If you had to choose one or the other to fish all the time as a jig trailer, which would you choose? I'm strictly talking chunk shaped baits....

 

Thanks,

 

Hoosier

Yes...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dont know about pork but for me a 3-4 inch by an inch gill/crappie fillet on a jig outfishes any other trailer ive ever used...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your goal is catching numbers of bass soft plastic trailers is a good choice with lots of different sizes, colors and action types available.

Pork rind trailers appeal to big bass, not necessarily bass anglers. There is only 1 pork rind supplier available, Uncle Josh.

UJ offers a limited color selection and variety of styles. Chunk you referring to a frog like UJ #11 that plastic chunks are modeled after. The pork frog is designed to be nose hooked through the slot cut into it. The nose hooking of pork trailers allows them to swim freely. Plastic chunks nose hooked tear off easily, the reason soft plastic craws with a worm like body design to thread onto the hook shank. The plastic claws are designed to swim giving the trailer it's movement by flapping appendages, pork swims naturally.

I make custom made 3" to 4" pork rind jig trailers and use them year around targeting the biggest bass in the lakes fished.

If I want to catch numbers, then soft plastic trailers are a good choice.

Tom

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven´t used pork in more than 2 decades, where I live you have to babysit pork trailers to the point that is a pain in the neck. Plastic does´t need to be cared so much and just for the information, I´ve caught a big bunch of big fish with soft plastic trailers, actually, I can´t remember ever catching a 10+ with a pork trailer.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One of the local guides here swears by pork in the wintertime when the water gets cold.  I just got some pork trailers are the local store on clearance to mess around with when the time comes!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven´t used pork in more than 2 decades, where I live you have to babysit pork trailers to the point that is a pain in the neck. Plastic does´t need to be cared so much and just for the information, I´ve caught a big bunch of big fish with soft plastic trailers, actually, I can´t remember ever catching a 10+ with a pork trailer.

I agree Raul. I don't believe that pork is any more appealing to big bass than plastic. Pork is an anachronism in today's bass fishing in my opinion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pork is a pain to take care of especially in the heat we have been having.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

O.K I almost forgot.  Pork is for eating, and some slow winter-time situations. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pork absolutely catches bigger bass for me on some of our lakes. Another oddity I've noticed is on lakes with smallmouth and largemouth, the smallmouth seem to prefer the plastic while the largemouth prefer the pork. 

 

I guess I don't understand why it's difficult to maintain when it's hot? I fish in 90+ and even 100+ degree days without any issues? If I'm not using it at the moment I just make sure it's hanging over the side in the water so it doesn't dry out, pretty minimal extra work to catch bigger fish. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing

    fishing forum

    fishing rods

    fishing reels

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×