Prepare for Spring Bass Fishing!
I’d love to show you an awesome lure to catch really big bass.
It’s a jig with a chunk trailer, or a “Pig & Jig.”
WHY IS A JIG AND TRAILER SO EFFECTIVE?
Big bass eat. A lot. And they will eat anything they THINK is food. But one of their favorite foods is crawfish.
A jig and trailer, if presented properly, can look like a crawfish to a bass. I’ll get to how to mimic a crawfish in a moment.
WHY ARE BIG BASS SO CATCHABLE IN EARLY SPRING?
Right now it’s almost March in New Hampshire, and soon it will be spring. As the water temperatures in the lakes warm up, bass prepare to spawn. And their first step is to move to what are known as staging areas. These are deeper areas near the shallow flats where they spawn.
The biggest bass are typically the females, and early spring is one of the best times of the year to hook into one of these fat mammas. As they become more active, they start feeding to prepare for the spawn. And one of the first forage foods for the bass is crawfish. Some experts believe the crawfish contain nutrients essential for them to successfully spawn, so the feeding can be a real frenzy!
THE JIG / CHUNK COMBO
Here’s a bass jig. The head comes in various weights, 1/8 ounce, ¼ ounce, ½ ounce, etc. The heavier the weight, the faster the jig will sink or fall.
I’ve already trimmed the weed guard on this jig, so that the ends are flush with the barb in the hook. This jig also has rattles, which help the jig sound like a crawfish clicking its claws. You’ll see why that can be important just ahead.
You can certainly fish the jig all by itself, AND catch big bass! But a very common technique is to add what’s called a trailer. In this case, a soft plastic bait in the shape of a crawfish.
Here’s the trailer. You can certainly match the color of the trailer to the jig, which I did not here, but I wanted to show you some options. And this crawfish has the fluorescent claws, which can sometimes attract the bass’s attention.
HOW DO YOU RIG THE “PIG & JIG”?
Take your jig, and thread the trailer right onto the hook. You have lots of options here. You can thread it right onto the back, or you can move it up closer to the head of the jig. You can also break off a part of the plastic bait to make the trailer smaller. But for this demonstration, I’ll use the whole crawfish.
Simply push the hook of the jig through the plastic bait. This is very similar to the first step of threading any plastic bait—worm, lizard, crawfish—onto a hook without a jig.
And that’s it!
Oh, and the reason some folks (especially us older geezers!) will refer to this as a “pig and jig” is because back in the old days, the trailers were typically made out of pork rinds. And those trailers are still available, and certainly still catch big bass!
HOW DO YOU FISH A “PIG & JIG”?
There’s almost no wrong way to fish this bait.
- You can actually “jig” it: let if fall to the bottom, pull it up a few inches or a foot, then let it drop. That is, by definition, “jigging.”
- But I like to swim the jig.
- Let if fall all the way to the bottom of the staging area. This will be deeper water close to the shore. If you’re in a boat with a fish finder, you should be able to locate where the bass are holding.
- Once you’re on the bottom, drag the jig slowly. This will raise a silt trail, which mimics the crawfish scooting forward to clean mud off their bodies after spending a winter buried in the mud.
- Stop the drag, and wait. The claws will float upwards, resembling the crawfish’s fight stance.
If your line feels heavy, or starts to move, reel up your slack and set the hook. You could have a big bass!
Thanks for listening!
And be sure and share YOUR favorite spring bass lures and techniques!
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