Naturally occurring woody cover like laydowns are prime bass fishing cover but can be challenging to fish with conventional baits like jigs and spinnerbaits. Wired2fish’s Mitch Anderson makes his case for fishing laydowns using a light swim jig paired with a bulky trailer to better “float” and “worm” his lure through a tangle of fish-holding branches.
- JIG – Advantage Swim Jig
- TRAILER – Strike King Magnum Rage Bug
- ROD – 13 Fishing Omen Black 3 Casting Rod, 7’5″ MH
- REEL – 13 Fishing Inception Casting Reel
- LINE – Sufix 131 G-Core Braided Line
- FISH FINDER – Humminbird HELIX 9 CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G4N
- TROLLING MOTOR – MotorGuide Tour Trolling Motor
- SUNGLASSES – Costa Del Mar Reefton Sunglasses
Whereas conventional jigs tend to plummet through the branches and a spinnerbait or ChatterBait lack the depth control, a properly rigged swim jig can be fished through, over, and under branches with utmost stealth and depth control. In addition to tackle recommendations, Anderson explains his preference for targeting laydowns adjacent to deep water and the importance of working each tree from a few different angles.