In my part of the country, it’s that time again—flipping season is here. The crankbait bite has come and gone, leaving flipping as one of the best options to catch a big bass. I’ve been using the Trigger X Goo Bug for several weeks and it has been a joy to fish with. 4 things make this bait a must-try for big spring bass.
• Ribbed body
• Floating claws
Stands up to fish catches and skipping very well
It can get pretty frustrating to run out of a good flipping bait in the middle of the day—it’s a confidence killer. I’ve caught up to 5 bass on a single Trigger X Goo Bug, which has allowed me to fish longer with more confidence. When rigged correctly, you won’t have to worry about littering the bottom of your boat with shredded baits.
This bait also skips well and stays intact while doing so. It pairs very well with a 4/0 VMC Heavy Cover Flipping Hook and I’ve been impressed with how well it stays on the hook shank. It may slide down every now and then after a fish catch, but that’s how flipping goes. It recovers well when you re-rig it, which lets penny pinchers like myself salvage as many possible fish with one bait.
Ribbed body displaces more water
The upper-end of the Goo Bug body has small ribs in it, creating additional water displacement, especially on the fall. In many situations, I’ve noticed a bubble trail as the bait falls into cover. It may sound like I’m splitting hairs by saying that, but I’m a big believer in water displacement. Apparently, a lot of the bass I’ve caught on it are believers, too!
It’s tough to find small, compact flipping baits that move a relatively large amount of water on the fall. Confidence is everything on the water, and it encourages me to know that the Goo Bug is making a commotion—even when I can’t see it.
I absolutely love floating claws on flipping baits. The problem is, many baits are advertised to have floating claws, but they rarely float above a 45-degree angle. The Goo Bug’s claws stand straight up at full-staff, perfectly imitating a defensive crawfish.
The floating claws have also prompted me to use the Goo Bug as a jig trailer. I’ll bite the upper-ribbed section off, while threading the remainder of the body onto a Buckeye Mop Jig. When you combine a big, living rubber skirt with these flared-out claws, it’s a pretty sight, to say the least.
Claw design gives you options
The Trigger X Goo Bug gives you two very important options—separate the claws or leave them intact. When I’m flipping heavy cover such as mangled blowdowns, vegetation holes or skipping under docks, I’ve had my best results leaving the tails together. It skips very well when the claws are attached and it also comes through cover very well. On the fall, the bait will “slide and glide” until it settles on the bottom. This compact profile makes it much easier to slide into hard-to-reach areas.
When I’m fishing moderate or light cover, such as dock posts, stump flats and outside grass lines, I like to separate the claws. They’re fairly easy to separate, so you don’t accidentally rip one of the claws off and ruin the bait. With the claws apart, the Goo Bug kicks like crazy as it falls and the claws rise into the seductive crawfish posture. The violent kicking action also makes this bait a solid swim jig trailer.
If you’re a flipping nut like myself, consider grabbing a few packs of Trigger X Goo Bugs. They’re available in both laminate and non-laminate colors, they’re durable and most importantly, bass love them. Priced at $4.89 per 8-pack, they’re well worth the price.