A pratical comparison


Let’s say I’m fishing a grass hump with submerged hydrilla in six to eight feet of water along the edges but as I work my way up onto the the flat, the water drops to two feet and the hydrilla gets thicker and comes up to a mere foot below the surface. I know the primary forage in the area is bluegill and the water color is fairly clear throughout.

Ideally I would have two identical Dirty Jigs No-Jack Swim Jigs rigged up in black, blue and purple with green pumpkin trailers. The only difference would be that one would have a swimbait for a trailer and the other a craw. I would take the swim jig trailed by the swimbait and fire it around the scattered, deeper grass letting the bait get down into the cover. Then I would pick up the craw-tipped jig and use its resistance and lift to fish over the thicker hydrilla in shallower water.

If I were to reverse the two applications, I would waste a lot of time trying to keep the swim jig down with the craw-style trailer and I would have to burn or otherwise constantly snatch on the swim jig/swimbait combo as it would stay bogged down in the denser, shallower vegetation.