Bass see an onslaught of traditional vertical flipping and pitching presentations in shallow cover, but see swimbaits passing by less often. Jacob Wheeler explains and demonstrates how a paddle tail swimbait rigged on a weedless jig head is an excellent presentation when skipped into pockets or lanes in bushes and grass.
For Wheeler, tournament success at the top levels has often been a result of showing pressured or finicky bass something new. Pockets or lanes in woody cover give bass ample ambush opportunities for darting baitfish like bluegill and shad – a swimbait rigged on a brush guard jig head has a lot of natural appeal and can outperform vertically presented ‘lift and fall’ presentations. With a little practice, you’ll be skipping this style of bait into places others don’t dare while reaping their missed rewards.