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FishinMatt 06-20-2010 10:43 PM

Local Lake 6/20 w/ Pics
 
Yami Master and I had a local Fathers Day fishing adventure in the works for awhile, but unfortunately he was a last minute cancellation with a family emergency. Coyote was on the last day of his vacation, so he luckily was able to come down on short notice. Every year I try to pick up a new presentation or two and this year one of my focuses have been fishing a swim jig. In the past I had put in on and thrown it for 10 casts or so then put it back away. I really did not have a good feel for where, when, and how to use it. So, I did some internet research, sent a few PM's on a few different boards, and decided to give it an honest effort. I tried it out last week on a pond and was encouraged with the results.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...0/100_2583.jpg

Once we got on the water it did not take long to find some action. Pretty simple fishing just swimming the jig through holes in the weeds and burning it over the top of the really nasty type areas.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...0/100_2584.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...0/100_2585.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...0/100_2586.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...0/100_2587.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...0/100_2589.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...0/100_2588.jpg

The rain started coming about 8:30AM so we called it an early morning. Thanks for coming out Mike and Happy Fathers Day to all Dads!

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...0/100_2581.jpg

localyokal 06-20-2010 10:48 PM

Nice job Matt :)2 I too have given the jig a cursory try but gave up fairly quickly. Your pics are encouragement to try again.

FishinMatt 06-21-2010 09:04 AM

Thanks man. I really got some confidence in them the other night at a local pond. From 8-9P I caught about 15 fish and missed several others. I was suprised at how simple it was to work the bait. Basically retrieve it like a spinnerbait and hold on. Its kind of cool because I could see the V's in the water when a fish would hone in on the bait. I bet Enuiqion would be a good place to try it out down your way. IMO its always easier to dial in a presentation in a situation where the fishing situation is conducive to a high rate of success.

Westwind 06-21-2010 10:58 AM

Nice bass! Hadn't noticed any reports lately from you and thought you'd maybe given up on fishing. :P

Fonzie 06-21-2010 12:50 PM

**** Matt, nice bass :)2
I've recently started tossing swim baits. I was skeptical of them at first. but a nice wobbly paddle tail seem to entice the strikes.
Next up, I guess I'll have to try swim jigs.

FishinMatt 06-21-2010 01:12 PM

Thanks guys. The bait I have been experimenting with is a BassStalker Swim Jig, 3/8 ounce, Blue Devil Pattern.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...kerSwimJig.jpg

WW, I am still getting out here and there :-D I've made a few trips up to Delavan and a couple of short pond outings this year. Next month is a weeks vacation up North, so there definitely will be a report from that ;)

Glenn, swim biats are still on the list of things to work on. Last year I got into the jig and Gulp, but I sure would like to try swimming some of the Money Minnows or Hollow Bellys over the weeds. Got em all in the arsenal, just never think of using them.

localyokal 06-21-2010 02:11 PM

Matt, did that swim jig come with the plastic curly tail trailer or did you add it. None of the swim jigs I purchased had any plastic trailers but I can see where they would help keep the jig on top. Also wondering, were you really "burning" the jig, just keeping it on top or waking in it. I know you need to experiment but just wondering where you had your success.

Jerkbate 06-21-2010 02:18 PM

Hey, thanks for the encouragement to try something a bit different. How many times I've done that and then do the fall-back to "old less-than reliable"! I've pondered packing only one type of lure and sticking with it regardless, but that never seems to really take place!

I also like that you studied up before-hand to help your confidence. Good idea! Regards.

FISHING&FORDS 06-21-2010 02:34 PM

another option for a swim jog trailer
http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Optimum_ ... -ODDS.html

2sac 06-21-2010 07:52 PM

Nice fish Matt. I haven't used a swimjig, but do swim regular jigs quite often. If weeds aren't an issue, you can also work a chatterbait like a swim jig. It'll give you a little more flash and plenty of vibration.


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