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Cabin Creek Spider Jig / Hulagrub Set-up & presentation

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I haven't had much luck throwing a cabin creek spider jig for smallies.  They're used quite a bit up here in New England for smallmouth, but I haven't been able to capitalize.  What set up (Rod - power/action, spinning/casting, line type) works best?  Does this work best in deeper waters (12-18ft)?  Are you supposed to fish it similar to a hair jig or more like a typical football-head jig?  Any insight would be appreciated - Thanks.

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I don't ever use cabin creek spider jigs except for one thing

 

When bed fishing, rig it on a drop shot.  Weedless. With about a 5 inches from bait to weight.  

 

They CANT stand it!!!!  LM and SM

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I use a 7' MH/MF Lowrider BC rod with 30 lb braid. It's my jig and worm rod. But I use the Yamamoto Hula Grub, T rigged with a 3/16 oz tungsten weight.

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Used to catch a pile of smallmouths on the spider jig in rivers. Fished it on a ballhead throwing it to the bank and swimming it bank to the boat. Haven't done well on lakes with it.

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Do yourself a favor and  use GYCB Hula Grubs.

Hula shirts and both single and double trial 4" or 5" grubs if you want mix or match colors.

Tom 

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I'm a big fan of the Hula Grub, but if the bite is tough I downsize to the Cabin Creek. My best results have been with the GP body with the GP/Orange skirt.

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lake fish 003.JPGI use spider jigs on a ball head or arkie style jig head. Usually I'm dragging it on the bottom, bumping rocks and through small grass patches. I throw it on a 7' medium-heavy rod using mono or braid. The deep range is between 5 and 15 feet.

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  I've fished them on a jighead, and  I soak it with real craw. For light jigheads up to 1/4 oz,.. I use a 6' Diawa Tony Bean smallmouth rod with a matching Diawa TD1300ss reel spooled with 10# green stren. (Its a med action rod)  For jigheads heavier than 1/4 oz I use a 7' med heavy Shimano compre rod with a curado reel and 12# green stren. And I fish these just like any jighead.  If theres fish around where your fishing these? you'll get bit, Ive received some explosive hits with these when the fish are active, but they work when fishing is tough as well, just a much lighter hit.

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Everything you need to know:

 

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I usually fish the 4" yamamoto version on a 1/4oz arky jighead (6'8" Medium XF spinning - GLX BSR803), the 5" on a 1/2oz football jighead (7'5" MH Fast baitcasting - NRX CRR873).

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Took a while to get going - but this is some great info!  Thx BFR

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They make 4" and 5" GY hula grubs. I have the best luck fishing these weightless. If I'm fishing deep I reach for the IKA. 

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