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#66 Picking the Right Jig Part 4: "Jig Trailers"
Posted by Matt MagnoneNovember 13, 2014, 1:52 PM
Matt Magnone
Staff at Last Chance

We've talked Jig head styles, we've gone over the two most ppopular choices in skirt materiial, but this week I'm going to dip into some of the main trailer baits I tend to put on the business end of my jigs. As always, there's a plethora of combinations an angler can dream up,  but here's my take on jig trailers.  Due to the way our bodies of water out here in West set up, based on clarity, water depth, and angler pressure, it's extremely important to take every advantage we can to present the fish something new and as life like as possible. As opposed to other lakes, reservoirs and rivers around the country, Southern California lakes are reminiscent of an assembly line. One boat will pull up to a spot and fish it for 20 minutes and as soon as he leaves, another boat will pull up on the same spot and dedicate time as well. This will happen over the course of a full day of fishing all day; every day. It's no wonder our fish are some of the hardest to catch. Lots of pressure, highly spooky and have literally seen just about every combination of baits on the market. This is why a lot of times hear us West Coast anglers pray for some form of favorable conditions whether it may be rain, wind or off colored water. Believe me it does make a difference.
When walking into the tackle store it can be one of the most daunting tasks choosing a plastic worm let alone a jig trailer as there are literally thousands of color combinations and special modifications an angler can make to each. The key is to narrow down what you're trying to accomplish in your retrieve and choose a bait based on your individual body of waters forage base and gauged activity level of the bass. While making it a little more difficult than I should sometimes, I've broken down my jig trailers into two categories. Fall baits and spot specific baits. 
Fall Baits
When I say "Fall Bait" I'm not specifically talking about baits that are used primarily in Fall. What I mean by a "Fall Bait", Is a trailer that can be utilized fishing on a downhill presentation that has a ton of natural built in action. With that being said, having a jig trailer that has some form of appendages that either kick or swim as the bait is falling is paramount. When it comes to styles of baits, Some of my favoirtes are the Yamamoto 4" and 5" Double Tail grubs as well as the Netbait Paca Punch. While many anglers think that the sole purpose of this trailer is action based,, an angler needs to look beyond the visual. In having all this action, the bait is actually putting off resistance as it moves through the water. When fishing the downhill jig, I favor this trailer to help slow the jig down as I hop ledge to ledge creating a more natural appearance as it slowly flats back down to th e bottom.
Yamamoto DT Grub-

When it comes down to the double tail grub, this style trailer has been around a LONG time for good reason. As the bait glides through the water column or is being propelled by an anglers retrieve, with even the most minimal amount of movement, the water passing over its body throws the tails into a tornado of action. 

Netbait Paca Punch-

When it comes down to the Net Bait Paca Punch, this bait is one of the most overlooked jig trailers around. Commonly thought to be nothing more than a punch bait, The Paca Punch features a solid, wider body, as opposed to it's brothers and sisters in the Nebait lineup. Having this solid body makes it extremely durable as a jig trailer as you'll be able to maximize your baits life expectancy  therefore translating in more fish per one bait. While still retaining the staple "Paca claw flap", On the downhill retrieve the claws will open up and out creating a more natural defensive look. Give it a couple fast pops and the claws begin to wave.

Spot Specifc Baits

Let's say you've located a batch of fish holding on the outside edge of a hump. On that high spot, you've graphed a great rock pile that breaks way into deeper water. Well knowing that this spot sets up as a potential "Big Fish" spot, you're going to want to make th emost out of it and fish it methodically. This is where having a trailer with less "movement driven" appendages come into play. You don't want a trailer that requires a fast retrieve to get the claws to kick but rather has more subdued action.

Yamamoto Flappin' Hog-

When it comes down to the Yamamoto Flappin' Hog, This bait is one of my favorites when I want something a little less obnoxious and not as aggressive underwater. Due to Yamamoto baits having a heavy concentration of salt, there's an element of heaviness creating the body of the bait to lay semi-motionless underwater. All action is created by the angler working it along the lake bottom. With slight body modification and positioning of the craw on the jig, an angler can have this bait come to life with the slightest twitch of the rod tip

Jackall Sasuteki Craw-

Like the Netbait Paca Punch, which often times gets used for fishing spot specific locations, the Jackall Sasuteki Craw is one of my all time favorites for probiing deep water rock piles. The fat butt section of this trailer not only aids in slowing down fall rate but it also adds an element of bulk to your overall jig profile. Again, like the Paca Punch on the downhill retrieve the claws will open up and out creating a more natural defensive look. Give it a couple fast pops and the claws begin to wave.

As always the stuff I've been blogging about regarding the jig is subjective. Each and every angler will have thier favorite baits, their favorite colors and their favorite jig styles. It all boils down to time of the water and confidence. The baits I've outlined in this article are baits that I have the utmost confidence in. Of course I could go into great lengths on color choices, but this is something you as an angler will have to identify down to the day that you're fishing. 

Please visit  for a plethora of jig trailers. Always remember, each and every trailer has a specifc duty and an action that is purely based on the conditions on your waterway.

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