Types of Bass Jigs and Trailers

Types of Jigs

To see examples of each style click on the blue text.

Finesse Jigs (light wire) - 3/16 to 1/4 oz. ball head jig. Typically a lighter line set-up on spinning tackle. Great downsized presentation for clear/ cold water, or places that are known to have smaller bass.

Finesse Jigs (heavy wire) - 3/8 to 1/2 oz. ball head jig. Good for when you want a downsized presentation, but still want the heavier hook.

Casting Jigs - 3/8 to 1/2 oz. Usually, a flat bottom jig to help it stand up. This is a good multi-purpose Jig. Good jig for casting out and bringing across stump fields or other bottom cover, also very good for pitching into cover.

Flipping Jig - 3/8 to 1 oz. These jigs are made to be flipped into the heaviest cover or wood. Most have rattles, stout weed guards and strong hooks for pulling out fish when close to the cover.

Football Head Jigs - 3/8 to 1 oz. A 3/4 oz. is the one I throw most of the time over a hard rocky bottom. This style head allows the trailer to raise up like a crawfish and does not hang up in the rocks like other shapes.

Swim Jigs - 1/4 to 1/2 oz. These jigs with their cone-shaped heads work great with paddle tail baits and can be swum around many types of cover. Mimics a baitfish.

Grass Jigs - 1/4 to 1 1/2 oz. Grass jigs with their conical shaped heads are designed for fishing patchy grass and usually have a medium hook.

Ok, now that we have all of our different types of jigs lets take a look at the different jig trailers and when to use each one.

Jig Trailers

To see examples of each style click on the blue text.

When deciding which trailer to use think about four things…
Action - How much action will I get out of the trailer. A good general rule of thumb is the colder the water, the less action you want. 60° and below, I opt for low action trailers like a chunk.
Fall Rate - Will it fall quickly or slowly? Swimming craws or creature baits with lots of appendages will fall slower than a say a chunk trailer or a beaver style due to the flapping action of the trailer slowing the bait down.
Profile - Self-explanatory, how big do you want your bait to look.
Color - Keep it simple - Dark colors for darker water like black, black/blue, then going to browns, and green pumpkin for a more natural look in clearer water. With these basic colors, you can then mix in highlight colors like purple, red, orange, etc. depending on what bait you are trying to mimic. Are you trying to mimic a crawfish, maybe some orange strands, Trying to mimic bluegill, try some strands of purple? You get the idea. White is always a good option when trying to mimic baitfish, especially on swim jigs.

Typical trailers include the following…
Finesse craws
Craw trailers - The swimming flapping craws put out a lot of action and work great in the summer.
Craw trailers flat or floating claws
Creature baits
Twin tail grubs
Beaver style
Chunk trailers
Paddle tail swimbaits for swimming jigs
One last note... A lot of bass anglers will go out and pitch a jig and that is the extent to which they use a jig. WHAT A MISTAKE!!! The jig is known to catch larger bass. Over my 40 years of bass fishing, I have noticed, the guys who do the best have one thing in common. They all have mastered the jig and you can too.

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