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Must jigs be paired with trailers

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I was just curious about this, being new to jig fishing.  Examples of trailers to use with jigs are the Zoom Salty Chunks, right?  What is this pork skin trailer you guys are always talking about?  Can't find them at Gander Mtn.

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Here are some examples

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I do not use trailers on swim/hair jigs that imitate a shad.  I use those more like a grub or vertical jigging over suspended fish.

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Pork rind comes in various shapes and sizes.  Most of the pork trailers made today comes from Uncle Josh.  www.unclejosh.com

Trailers add bulk to the jigs, help slow the fall, and in most shapes, help mimic the claw end of a crawfish.  Zoom is a favorite in plastic, although since I discovered Squealers brand that's all I use in plastic trailers.  I can't believe that a Gander Mountain store didn't carry any Uncle Josh pork rind.  If you have a WalMart around you check the fishing dept there, or you can order direct from Uncle Josh, but you pay a little more going direct.

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I read an article by Gary Yamamoto where he said that bass (rubber skirt) jigs should always have a trailer.  He basically said you can outfish anybody using just the trailer without the jig, if the other person is using the jig w/o any trailer.

Even though he makes a ton of money selling jig trailers, I think he is right.

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I have never fished a bass jig without a trailer of some kind and I perfer pork. Now crappie jigs and shad rigs etc. is another story. JMHO

Ronnie

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A "jig" is nothing more than a bare hook molded to a blob of lead.

A "skirted jig" is a hook, a blob of lead and a hank of silicone strands...that's it!

It's my guess that the jig's magic is the fact it's hugs the bottom and is worked slowly.

As Avid suggested, most bass are really targeting the trailer, so if you don't want to reveal

your favorite soft plastic trailer, just say "I was fishing a Jig" ;)

Roger

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The only jigs I ever fish without a trailer are hare jigs.

GMAN,

   Before I even scolled down and saw where you were from I was thinking that guy is probably from MO? PB&J colored jigs rule in that state! I spent 17 weeks at FT. Leonard Wood and that was the best color for jigs and lizards. Now that I am back in Maryland I cannot buy a bite on that color.

Allen

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I hate to be the exception to the rule, or go against everyone else, but I have used rubber skirted bass jigs without trailers before, and had times when they worked better without a trailer than with one.  Usually I was fishing weeds and would flip the jig into a small pocket and when the jig would stop on some weeds, I'd shake or jiggle it and the bass would hammer it.  

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The only jigs I ever fish without a trailer are hare jigs.

GMAN,

Before I even scolled down and saw where you were from I was thinking that guy is probably from MO? PB&J colored jigs rule in that state! I spent 17 weeks at FT. Leonard Wood and that was the best color for jigs and lizards. Now that I am back in Maryland I cannot buy a bite on that color.

Allen

I've heard that before.  In this state the do rule along with about 2 other colors I keep secret.  The PBJ is now well known around here but a few years ago it wasnt.  Oh well on to better things I guess.  The PBJ does work great and will just about out produce any other color around here unless your in muddy water.  You guys fishing MO might want to remember that.  ;)

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I've caught bass both with and without trailers on my jig,it just depends on what the fish are looking for.I mainly use trailers(#11 Uncle Josh pork frog) when I use a jig though.I  prefer plastic trailers in cold water.

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Must jigs be paired with trailers

No.

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I believe the trailer completes the jig but fishing a (skirted) jig w/o a trailer is one more little trick or variation that can produce extra bites over the course of the day. It's a good little method to use when going back over an area that already produced bites with the standard jig and trailer. A (skirted)jig can also be another option to spoons and such when fishing vertical in deep water.

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