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I'm enjoying the recent "Ideal bladed-jig" thread. Love those nuances.

 

So not to muck up that thread, I thought I'd start a new one:

 

What trailers do you like on your B-J's? And why... What makes a difference?

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I just have a skirt on mine.

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My main 3 are magnum rage bug, Berkley grass pig, and yum dinger. In that order I fish them from the top of the water column to the bottom. They are also some of my favorite baits to fish not on a bladed jig so when the head gets torn up beyond repair its nice to be able to trim them down a bit and toss them on a bladed jig. Trick worm and yum craw chunk are honorable mention for 4 and 5

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I think you’ll get a lot of suggestions for the Zako and Razor Shadz... both trailers were designed specifically for chatterbaits and I use them.  However they have minimal action, so a lot of times I mix in an Ultravibe Speed Craw and get different results, sometimes better sometimes not.  Have to experiment a little with how much tail kick the fish want... 

 

If in doubt, start with the Razor Shadz... it’s Z-man product made with Elaz-Tech so one bag might last you all season.

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I like something that will add some profile, bulk, and length, usually without much added action, but sometimes I'll throw a toad, creature or paddle tail on there. Depends on where I'm fishing, time of year, and conditions.

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Fluke, Sk blade minnow, havoc subwoofer

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So far I have only used a hand poured craw and a rage tail menace with one of the flappers missing. So basically I would guess I use whatever is laying on the floor of the boat 

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1 hour ago, J Francho said:

I just have a skirt on mine.

What??? I thought that I was the only one that ran them naked?

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On 11/7/2018 at 9:38 AM, J Francho said:

I just have a skirt on mine.

Back in the 80s, when the "Rubber-legged Jigs" hit the mainstream bass world, I found they worked great! And I didn't use any trailer at all. Blasphemy nowadays. It was a couple seasons before I added the "pig". (And I'm still nursing the last of the lot I've managed to collect up. :()

 

I guess in a couple seasons I might just give the ol' naked jig a go again. 

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2 hours ago, J Francho said:

I just have a skirt on mine.

Great, now we gotta sit through another HR powerpoint training.... :) 

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I recommend any ElazTech trailer.  They hold up so much longer than anything else and pay for themselves.  I've been using the Z-Man Diezel swim baits and love them.  I use to use the Yamamoto Senko swim baits but I could barely catch two fish without having to replace the trailer.  There are a lot of northern where I fish so I need it to hold up.  I can go all day with one or two trailers with ElazTech.

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im fond of the lake fork magic shad and the boot tail version of it.

they have that heavy garlic smell to them.

 

also like the reins rocket vibe. decent action but i like them more for their durability.

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Berkley Havoc Pit Boss

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Flukes and fluke style baits. That thin tail goes nuts from the vibration. 

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I have been catching them so well on the Razor Shad, I almost haven't used anything else in almost two years. I use the Zako once in a while.

 

I am not a fan of paddle tails on a chatterbait, but when I do want a paddle tail , I prefer a swim senko over a keitech. The swim senko (and less expensive swimming yum dinger) seem to want to "go with the flow" on the back of a chatterbait , where as a Keitech Fat impact almost tries to work against it.

 

I am also not a fan of kicking craw style trailers on chatterbaits either (but I DO like them on swim jigs)

 

My old "go-to" trailer was a simple curly tail grub, and it worked fine, but I have had better results since moving away from it.

 

The reason why the Razor Shad, and to a lesser extent, the Zako are my favorite types of trailers is they kind of DON'T do much. They just wiggle around back there as the blade dictates. I see them as adding bulk and a tiny bit of action, as that big vibrating blade in front is the main show, where as on a non bladed swim jig, it's almost ALWAYS about the trailer.

 

My chatterbait results went up when I STOPPED putting high action trailers on them.

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The short answer, there is no wrong or right trailer for a bladed jig...

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9 minutes ago, Mr Swim Jig said:

The short answer, there is no wrong or right trailer for a bladed jig...

Yeah, that's what I'm gathering.

 

Thanks, all.

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Pit boss or Menace rigged vertical instead of horizontal, a 3.8 or 4.8 keitech, Razor shad or Diesel minnow, or 2/3 of a 5" stick worm.

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I like Zakos but the plain old Zoom Super Fluke has been my top producer. Pick something you like/have confidence in and roll with, probably can't go wrong.

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Yum Christie Craw 90% of the time.....Razor Shad 10% or the time. Never found a need to experiment with other trailers, but next year I may look into those Zoom Flukes as a trailer I like the profile of that plastic in general . 

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20 hours ago, Paul Roberts said:

What trailers do you like on your B-J's? And why... What makes a difference?

 

Same thing I use on spinnerbaits & swim jigs!

 

Zoom's Fat Albert!

 

Why?

 

Everyone else aint!  😉

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95% of the time,  White Rage Bug.  On blue black chatterbait,  Culprit Incrediclaw slim

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38 minutes ago, Catt said:

 

Same thing I use on spinnerbaits & swim jigs!

 

Zoom's Fat Albert!

 

Why?

 

Everyone else aint!  😉

Single or double tail?

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2 minutes ago, FryDog62 said:

Single or double tail?

 

Single 😉

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49 minutes ago, Catt said:

 

Same thing I use on spinnerbaits & swim jigs!

 

Zoom's Fat Albert!

 

Why?

 

Everyone else aint!  😉

I use Zoom Fat Albert's and Flukes as my Bladed Jig trailers.

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