Swinging jigs are a top choice for anglers when fishing hard bottom areas. Not unlike a crankbait, they can be fished fast and are designed for making bottom contact while a free-swinging hook allows the chosen plastic trailer to move naturally. Unlike a crankbait, the jighead and single offset hook allow the bait to be fished effectively at multiple depth zones without retying and is much more snag resistant than dangling treble hooks.
Crawfish profile soft plastics are most commonly used, but Wired2Fish’s Ryan DeChaine shares his reasons why a quality swimbait pairs excellently with a swinging jig. He breaks down where he fishes it, his preferred jig and swimbait combination, rigging, and rod/reel/line specs for the job. Like crankbait fishing, it’s important to observe casting angles relative to the structure so you can make repeated productive casts.
- VMC Swinging Rugby Head
- Megabass Spark Shad Swimbait, 4.2”
- Lew’s Custom Speed Stick 7’ MH Casting Rod
- Lew’s Custom Speed Spool MSB 6:3:1 Casting Reel
- Sufix Invisiline Castable Fluorocarbon 15lb Clear
- Humminbird Helix Series Sonar (CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G2N)
- Humminbird Lakemaster Plus Digital Charts
- Minn Kota Ultrex i-Pilot Link Trolling Motor
- Lund 2075 Pro-V Bass
- Mercury Verado Pro FourStroke 250hp
- Costa Del Mar “Jose” Matte Grey with Green Mirror 580G Lens