The skirt

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The skirt is where the Spider part of this jig’s name comes from in reference to the jig material that is flared out around the head of the bait. Cutting essentially half the skirt off this way does two things, it makes the bait a great deal more compact and it also masks the head and imitates a crawfish’s tail really well.

In the water, the part of the skirt that has been removed would typically flare out and make the jig appear much larger, where the inside of the skirt on the other hand stays pinned up more against the hook shaft. So even though less than half of the skirt has been removed, the bait’s underwater profile is likely a third of what it would be with a full skirt.