Thread it on a finesse jig

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Fitting a Finesse T.R.D. on his signature Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig or compact flipping jig gives Clausen a handy cold water technique with clear tactical benefits.

“It doesn’t slow your bait down as much as some of the other trailers, yet it makes a really streamlined profile,” he said. “It has zero action, but it adds some weight to the bait and that helps you get some speed on the bait while it’s out of the water so you can skip it easier, too.

“I can get a lot of speed on a 1/4-ounce jig and skip it out of sight under a dock, laydown or overhanging bush.”