Jig

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bass fishing jig

Pitching a jig around shallow cover is again a great way to catch fish most any time of the year. To me though, a jig really sets itself apart from a Tokyo rig and a Texas rig in the overall look and the way you can slow down the rate of fall. The skirt of a jig adds bulk to the bait and slows the fall of the bait down versus the same weight in one of these other two bait categories. Using a craw-style trailer, you can even further bulk up the overall profile of a jig, as well as slow its fall even more.

When fish are aggressive, pitching a 1/2- to 3/4-ounce jig around shallow cover gives the bass an easy and large target to annihilate. This too works well with vertical cover like the Texas rig. But it’s much more effective than the Texas rig or Tokyo rig when pitching and then swimming the bait back through cover that’s more horizontal, like a laydown or submerged grass line.

Pithing a jig like this to shallow cover and then letting it fall down into the cover and hopping or swimming it back to the boat creates a great small baitfish or crawfish imitation. Though you could swim something like a Rage Craw on a Texas rig or maybe even a Tokyo rig, a jig is really the best of these three by far for this more horizontal approach.