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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.



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.













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!

 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Damn 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.
 

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



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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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Thanks guys :)2

Local, the jig I posted comes with a trailer. They only last so many fish, so I was replacing them with 4'' Chompers grubs. Everything I read and was told was to reel the bait like a spinnerbait. Typically I keep the bait about 3-6 inches under the surface, but that can be dependent on weeds. Over heavier slop I would wake the bait higher which produced fish as well. I went out last night to a pond and it was slow right up until dark and they really started whacking it. Last night they did want a faster retrieve. I think how one reels in a spinnerbait is subjective anyways, so I look at the swim jig the same way. Overall though, faster seems a bit better. If I had to guess, I believe the bass think it is a gill going by and it elicts a quick predatory strike. The less time they have to react probably ups the odds of getting bit. I still have alot to learn with this but I go back to many fishing situations in the past and can envision certain places and times of the year when these baits would excel, so I am excited to keep experimenting with them.

Joe, Chatterbaits rule! The first thing I thought when fishing these are they are like a chatterbait w/o a blade. That is actually what killed my confidence at first. I am so used to feeling the vibration of the chatterbait blade that I did not have any confidence that swimming a "bladeless" chatterbait would interest fish.
 
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