My record on Lake Guntersville is solid. I’ve had a number of high finishes there that included some 25-plus pound stringers, and I’ve caught them in a variety of ways.
The one thing that factored into nearly all those catches was vegetation.
There is a lot of talk about selecting the right jig. Head design, weight, color, skirt material and more are all important things to consider to match your jig to the conditions. One thing that is just as important is picking the right soft plastic trailer.
Changing your trailer can greatly affect the action and also plays a big role in how fast (or slow) the jig will fall. All of these things make a difference at times and for me, the decision comes down to picking from three tried and true trailers.
The Tour’s sixth stop was The Mississippi River (pools 7, 8 and 9) out of La Crosse, WI. The Mississippi is well known for its plentiful cover such as wood, wing dams, vegetation, backwater pools and docks. Our first day of practice found Jimmy and me with no bites, so we decided to make a run. We quickly found ourselves on a sand bar, stuck high and dry. Luckily, fellow Yamamoto pro Darrel Robertson happened by and pulled us out. (Thanks, Darrel!)
It has many appendages, it has many applications and it has a standing reservation in Brent Ehrler’s boat. We’re talking about the Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog — a multi-faceted soft plastic that the Bassmaster Elite Series pro simply won’t leave home without.
“I believe the Flappin’ Hog is a very overlooked bait,” Ehrler said. “You go to certain places and you clean your boat out and pack what you’re going to use at that lake. The Flappin’ Hog is something that never leaves my boat because it’s something that I always use.
When B.A.S.S. announced a dual-lake competition on reservoirs Norfork and Bull Shoals, reactions were mixed. Some of the Elite Series pros liked the idea, others did not. I wasn’t sure.
B.A.S.S. decided the competition days should be divided equally between the two bodies of water, but with a hitch: The entire field would start on Norfork, then move to Bull Shoals for day two. After the top-50 competitors were determined, those anglers would fish Bull Shoals once more. The surviving twelve would then move back to Norfolk for the finale.
Jigs are highly adaptable lures that catch bass all year round. They can be fished in both stained and clear water conditions, shallow and deep, and in most types of cover. Keeping a selection of jigs and trailers in my makes it easy to best match the conditions I find myself fishing in, but there are two specific jig trailers I rely on heavily during the early spring when the water temperature is still cold.