Over the last three years the most consistant bass fish catcher I have used has been the "Wacky Worm," a.k.a. "Jersey rig" or "Wacky Rig". The rig that most people look at and say how can that silly little worm catch anything? Well, once again it does not matter what we as the fisherman think looks good, but rather what Mr. Bass thinks that matters.
If a new twist is needed to tempt old "Mr. Bass", then try using a spring type fastening device in a rig. These devices will modify lures, redevelop the Texas rig, and provide a new way to fasten trailers.
Products discussed in this article, to be used for these purposes, will be TTI's BackBreaker, HitchHiker and Copperhead hook, and Gambler's Florida Rig sinker. The BackBreaker and HitchHiker are both fastening springs.
The other day while I was putting away tackle, I came across boxes full of lures and baits. They had been used once or twice and retired to "this lure has no purpose" status. I began to wonder how did I come to own these "losers" of the fishing lure world. It didn't take long to realize, I had purchased these items because I had not thought through the reasons for making these purchases.
When it comes to topwater baits for bass, it's hard to beat a popper... and if you can make your popper spit water, instead of making a big bubble, you're taking this bait to the next level. This one simple modification can greatly increase your success with a popper. Give it a try, I think you'll be happy with the results.
Gitzits or tube baits, as they are more commonly known, are without doubt the strangest looking lure ever invented. A truly perfect lure that can be used for flipping, pitching, Carolina rigging, Texas rigging and the list goes on. The Gitzit was invented by Bobby Garland and was made available to the public in 1964.
My first introduction to lipless crankbaits, was when I won twenty of them in a raffle on Lake Cayuga in upstate New York.
The following week, I tried in vain to catch fish with this noisy, skinny looking object. What I did catch was wood, weeds and rocks. So the lures remained in the bottom of the tackle bag collecting dust like so many baits that I believed were for catching fishermen, not fish!
When early Spring arrives a lot of attention turns to a jig-n-pig combination for bass fish. This has long been a favorite, and rightfully so, as it is a great producer for lunker bass. However, during the last two seasons I’ve found a smaller and slimmer jig combination. The combination, which I found to be very productive, is the black/purple, Gripper Hair Rubber Bass Jig with a 4-inch, black Mann’s Jelly Worm. For added attraction, Kodiak Crawfish Paste is applied to the blackberry scented worm trailer.
When I saw my first spinnerbait, I found myself asking, "what kind of fish would be stupid enough to strike at a lure like this?" It did not take too long for me to find out! The next day I caught a largemouth bass around 2 pounds and was hooked on the concept. Spinnerbaits come in many forms.
When I first started fishing about six years ago, I would walk into a tackle shop and be overwhelmed by the incredible variety of hooks that were on display. At the time I was fishing mostly with plastic worms and had little knowledge of the basic hooks and how they were used with different lures and presentations.
Before Jerry Thompson (Jerry Thompson was synonymous with lunker winner; Jerry was a big fish specialist and when he was hot no amount of weight in a morning weigh-in was enough. Jerry was famous for big fish, big tournament weights, and his dips when he spoke at meetings) moved to North Carolina, he had a get rid of excess tackle at a sale at our monthly meeting.