Best Spring Bass Fishing Lure – Pig & Jig

By | February 27, 2016

Prepare for Spring Bass Fishing!

Fox_more_clever_than_fish_DVIDS92063I’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.”


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.


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 cheap nba jerseys 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 cheap mlb jerseys successfully spawn, ceiling so the feeding can be a real frenzy!


JigHere’s a bass jig. The head comes in various weights, cheap mlb jerseys 1/8 ounce, ¼ ounce, ½ ounce, etc. The cheap nfl jerseys 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.

TrailerHere’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.


Take your jig, and thread the trailer right onto the hook. You have lots of options su here. cheap nfl jerseys 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.

"Pig & Jig"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!


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 Новокондакопшино 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 How YOUR and favorite spring bass lures and techniques!

Tight lines!


15 thoughts on “Best Spring Bass Fishing Lure – Pig & Jig

  1. Jon

    You have a bunch of very interesting information and fishing trivia in this article. Didn’t know bass love crawfish. It makes sense now why the trailer is in the shape of one. I understand now why the best spring bass fishing lure is the jig and chunk trailer. Fun fact about the pig and jig and very helpful article for learning fishing lure lingo. Thanks Roger!

  2. Judy

    Hey Roger,
    Great site here. My husband was a bass fisherman. He made his own lures and poles and fished every chance he got and then some.
    Do you make your own lures?

    1. Roger Ford Post author



      No, I do not make my own lures. I have tied my own flies, but now I mostly fish with spinning gear (not fly fishing) and so purchase my lures. I know you CAN, but I’d rather spend the time fishing!

      Tight lines!


  3. Matt's Mom

    I grew up fishing in Colorado and then in Alaska. I think you did a great job and I actually really liked your post. Awesome job!

    1. Roger Ford Post author


      You must have had a great time fishing in Colorado and Alaska! They are pretty famous for fishing!

      Fly rod? I know Colorado has some great trout streams, and Alaska has salmon! Sounds like fun!

      Thanks for the post.

      Why not go back to fishing? And let me know when you do!

      Tight lines,

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  4. Christina

    This is great info! It sounds like you have a lot of experience. Thanks for sharing! My boyfriend wants to learn about fishing so I will let him know about this website!

    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks, Chrsitina!

      Tell your boyfriend if he wants any advice from an old BassHole, I’m happy to oblige. Of course I don’t know everything, but I’m quite willing to make the rest up!

      No, I’ll always admit when I don’t know an answer, though my first response is to track down the answer!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks, Willis!

      I hope to create more content soon (fishing starts soon!).

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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