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ok guys lets here your top 3 aggressive trailers and your top 3 "subtle" trailers.

lots of talk about jigs this time of year so lets give trailers some love too.

also this is a question I have been wondering about, since everyone has a opinion and favorite.

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Aggresive i use a Rage craw or a Netbait paca craw.

Subtle i use a rick clunn Luck E Strike trailer or a bps leech.

I mostly stick with rage craws and Paca Craws. Every once in awhile ill use the subtle trailers when im fishing smallies in my local river an stream.

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I don't change my jig trailers up too much. I have always had good results with boaring old Zoom super chunks, and super chunk jr's when flipping, pitching, or dragging jigs. This year I used alot of the SK KVD chunks, they worked pretty good too. Both of them "flutter" on the way down, not wildly flap like a rage or paca craw, I have always caught fish on "subtle" trailers, so I see no need to change to an agressive one. About the only time I use an agressive trailer is on a swim jig, usually a big single tail grub, or a paca craw.

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Hmm...

Rage Tail Baby Craw

Rage Tail Craw

Rage Tail Lobster

:D :D :D

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Why would you choose a non aggressive trailer? Don't want any actions on the trailer? Cold water fishing? I just use paca most of the time, and baby craw once a while.

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Why would you choose a non aggressive trailer? Don't want any actions on the trailer? Cold water fishing? I just use paca most of the time, and baby craw once a while.

I have been using the paca chunks as well...........until my friend was kicking I disagree with his zoom chunk.......and the difference is the paca is more "aggressive"........when I borrowed a zoom from him I instantly started to get bit.

knowing this, I wanted opinions on everyones favorite on both sides of the spectrum.

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Rage or Paca near 100% of the time. Very, very rarely I will switch to a Little Critter Craw, and that's on about three lakes.

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Aggressive is some kind of flapping craw (ie net bait paca, or even a zoom twin tail)

Subtle I use a zoom super chunk (jr)

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When it comes to actual jig trailers, I like the rage tails and the sk perfect plastic chunk. The sk chunk tends to stand up and have a very subtle wiggle to it. Good for sitting the jig in one spot and barely twitching your rod tip. Those tails really dance around easily. When i want something very subtle, i like to just use a trimmed senko. Try that. It causes the jig to fall nose first and land with the tail up, and can hop off the bottom without travelling very far. I also use whatever i have sitting around that can be trimmed down and fit on a jig.

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The only time any soft plastic aggressive trailer swims on it's own is when it is moving through the water column, otherwise it sits still with little or no movement.

The reason a good soft high floatation pork rind trailer works so well is; it moves falling through the water column and sitting still.

If I want a baitfish appearing jig or faster moving jig trailer; use Yamamoto's Hula grubs, both single and double tails.

For crawdad jigs worked on deep structure use soft pork rind trialers year around.

Tom

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I tend to fish alot of small jigs 1/8 3/16 and like the uncle josh #11 pork frogs in the back, may not work for all but works for me

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Why would you choose a non aggressive trailer? Don't want any actions on the trailer? Cold water fishing? I just use paca most of the time, and baby craw once a while.

Yes, for cold water or if you want to very the fall of the jig. In cold water I like to downsize the jig and trailer as much as possible.

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Yes, for cold water or if you want to very the fall of the jig. In cold water I like to downsize the jig and trailer as much as possible.

Why always downsize? In cold water, sometimes i like bulky jigs that fall slowly and make a bunch of commotion on the bottom. I like them to get stuck everywhere rather than move through it all with ease. I may trim the jig and put a shorter trailer on, but the trailer will be wide to slow the fall.

Sure there's times where a small, compact jig works...but i wouldn't do it "as much as possible."

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Why always downsize? In cold water, sometimes i like bulky jigs that fall slowly and make a bunch of commotion on the bottom. I like them to get stuck everywhere rather than move through it all with ease. I may trim the jig and put a shorter trailer on, but the trailer will be wide to slow the fall.

Sure there's times where a small, compact jig works...but i wouldn't do it "as much as possible."

You will get more bites in cold water with a small jig than a bulky ones when water temps are in the low 40s.

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I use a Rgae Craw about 100% of the time on the back of a jig. I do like to flip a beaver by itself in colder water though.

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You will get more bites in cold water with a small jig than a bulky ones when water temps are in the low 40s.

How can you say that for sure?

Many others like to say to go big in cold water because bass look for large, easy meals.

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How can you say that for sure?

Many others like to say to go big in cold water because bass look for large, easy meals.

Bass metabolism is slowed way down. Yes, a bass could opt for a big easy meal, but usually don't exert much energy try to capture their prey. As for the winter month, downsizing the jig profile and working it slowly will get you more bites. Go ask Denny Brauer. I know when I fish LOZ I downside to the smallest jig I can get away with in the winter to remain in contact with the bottom.

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I use a Rgae Craw about 100% of the time on the back of a jig. I do like to flip a beaver by itself in colder water though.

Those Rage Tails are really good baits.

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Bass metabolism is slowed way down. Yes, a bass could opt for a big easy meal, but usually don't exert much energy try to capture their prey. As for the winter month, downsizing the jig profile and working it slowly will get you more bites. Go ask Denny Brauer. I know when I fish LOZ I downside to the smallest jig I can get away with in the winter to remain in contact with the bottom.

I have found the opposite to be true also, you may get more bites with a finesse jig, but you get better quality bites by going big in cooler water. The only time I really start to down size is cold water under 40 that has been that way for a sustained period. So Missouri on south that would only be the dead of winter

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I have found the opposite to be true also, you may get more bites with a finesse jig, but you get better quality bites by going big in cooler water. The only time I really start to down size is cold water under 40 that has been that way for a sustained period. So Missouri on south that would only be the dead of winter

Exactly, water temp 42 and below.

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