But what are the conditions when you go with a swim jig?
And what types, weights, and colors?
I prefer a 5/16 oz., but I'll use a 1/4 oz. or 3/8 oz. depending on conditions(weather, depth, clarity) and how active/lethargic the fish are. The conditions will also dictate how fast or slow I fish a swim jig.
I prefer some sort of white/silver color when bass are chasing shad and a bluegill color or black/blue combo color for most other times. Those 3 colors pretty much take care of mimicking all of the local forage: shad, crappie, bass, bluegill and bream. I use paddle tail swimbaits, single and double tail grabs and creature/craw baits as trailers. Again, it depends on the fishing conditions and the forage where I'm fishing.
Thanks for the info...what brand do you use, what colors, and type of trailer???Ham Solo wrote:I have that much confidence in them. It's not the only thing that I'll throw, but I'll get one wet whenever the opportunity presents itself.
I guess that I need to ask how to use one.
My favorite trailers are the Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper, the Strike King Rage Tail Craw and the Yamamoto Single Tail Grub. I try to match my trailers with the jig colors.
My favorite rod for this application is an NRX 853C JWR.
The basic method for me is swimming it on a medium retrieve, but I love pulsing it through the grass. It creates a savage strike.
Caught a mess of bass last month with one in high 30s water by ticking top of grass.
I prefer paddle tails for trailers, like the sleeker profile. They can work as a standard jig in a pinch too. Sometimes though the bass don't want them and you either need to slow down with a flipping jig or go to a fast crankbait that displaces water and deflects.
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Thanks for the info...I'm curious about shallow water usage. I'm guessing that you threw a 1/4 oz with a trailer. What size, brand jig, and trailer?joekaz wrote:I started using swim jigs last spring and I hammered the bass in shallow water. The rest of the year was pretty good as well. This past fall I caught over 100 bass in 6 hrs. on a wind blown weedy flat. The swim jig is now my go to lure. It's hard for me to put it down and fish a slow bait. For me it will out fish a spinner bait most of the time.
Yes, I like to throw a 1/4 oz. Brovarney in a bluegill or black and blue color with a Netbait Paca Craw or R.I. little Dipper. I use a 7:1 ratio casting reel with 30 pd. braid but I am going to try fluorocarbon this year to see if I get more bites. The rods I use must have a forgiving tip because my jigs have a lighter wire hook than flipping jigs. The flexible tip also helps in casting these lighter jigs. A lot of times when reeling in the jig a bass will hit more than once. When you feel a tick, just keep reeling until the rod loads up and then pull back and start reeling the fish in. This takes some getting use to. Pay attention to the jig when it gets close to the boat because I have a lot of bass come out of nowhere and nail it. Can't wait for spring!BlaineFred wrote:Thanks for the info...I'm curious about shallow water usage. I'm guessing that you threw a 1/4 oz with a trailer. What size, brand jig, and trailer?joekaz wrote:I started using swim jigs last spring and I hammered the bass in shallow water. The rest of the year was pretty good as well. This past fall I caught over 100 bass in 6 hrs. on a wind blown weedy flat. The swim jig is now my go to lure. It's hard for me to put it down and fish a slow bait. For me it will out fish a spinner bait most of the time.
As for time of year, basically what everyone else said: all year round. I tend to do my most damage with it during post spawn to october. I like to throw 1/4 oz for super shallow bite, typically during the blue gill spawn. Other than that i throw 3/8oz like 95% of the time, i throw it at almost everything: current seams, grass edges, points, rip rap, all kinds of shallow cover. recently i have started to fish it slower almost dragging it on the bottom on 7-10 ft edges with lots of success. Tom Monsoor cut his teeth with a swim jig in La Crosse and he fishes it slower then most anyone i have seen and deeper than most.
All in all, super versatile bait and almost never a bad time to use it.
Note: chatter bait and spinner bait should be looked at as totally seperate baits, there have been days (esp spring) where i can't get bit on a swim jig or SB but blast them with a chatter bait