The swim jig is one of the most versatile yet overlooked bass-catching tool at your disposal. The setup is simply a swim bait or craw rigged up as the trailer on a swimming type jig. The jig itself is designed to come through heavy cover by utilizing a bullet shaped head and weed guard. The swim jig works fantastic year-round because it resembles so many items on a bass’s menu. The bait can be rigged up with a swim bait trailer to resemble a bait fish or a craw trailer to resemble a bluegill or fleeing crawfish.
It can be fished slowly along the bottom or kept high in the water column when targeting suspended fish. But, the deadliest aspect of a swim jig is its subtle action in the water. This makes it great for fisheries or ponds that get lots of fishing pressure.
There are some scenarios where the swim jig isn’t always the best choice. For example, fishing a swim jig through hydrilla or large lily pads can be cumbersome and there surely are better baits for these scenarios. But move out to the edge of the pads and/or hydrilla and its game on. Muddy water is another situation where swim jigs are less ideal. Baits that make more sound and vibration are a better choice for low visibility water.
The swim jig is easy to fish, just cast and reel. You can vary your retrieval speed to target deep or shallow fish and throw in an occasional pause, but for the most part its chunk and reel. I’ve heard pros talk about ripping the bait, especially in grass, but most of my bites come from a steady retrieve.
So, the next time you want to tie on a spinner or chatter bait, instead give the swim jig a try. You won’t be disappointed.
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