Bass anglers with hearty appetites like to super-size their meal combos when eating at a fast-food place. The same can be done for a hungry bass by serving it with a big jig and jumbo-sized trailer.
Despite the success of finesse fishing, there are still many big-bait advocates who believe bass prefer a magnum-sized dinner. A lot of times you’ll find that with a spinnerbait, jig or anything else, the fish just prefer a big bite over a small one, so you can start out with a big jig and trailer before going small.
Jumbo Jig Trailer Tips
A Zoom Super Chunk combined with a 1/2- or 3/4-ounce jig is a deadly combo for flipping and pitching in the early spring. A lot of bass may only feed once or twice in a six-hour period then.
Big bass especially want a big bait then and frequently ignore a finesse offering.
A magnum plastic or pork chunk matched with a jig produces throughout the spring when the water is high and muddy. The magnum chunk creates a big, bulky looking bait that bass can find easier in the dirty water. If the water is cold, the magnum trailer also helps your jig fall slower to trigger more bites. You want the jig-and-pig to imitate a crawfish so pick dark colors such as black or brown mixed in with black-and-blue or black-and-chartreuse for your magnum combo.
Ideal magnum trailers for the postspawn technique of stroking a 3/4- or 1-ounce jig off the bottom are the Zoom Super Chunk and Gambler Lures Ninja Claw. The jig and jumbo trailer appeals to the appetites of hungry postspawn bass that are looking for a bigger meal. The stroking technique works best in clear water along ledges that drop off into a river or creek channel. Use a pumpkin/green flake combination for your magnum jig and jumbo trailer.
Swimming a jig along boat docks in the summer and fall is another tactic calling for a jumbo chunk or craw trailer. Try combining a 1/4-ounce jig with a #1 pork frog or 4- to 5-inch plastic craw for pitching along the sides of docks and swimming the lure near the foam flotation. Using heavy line (20- to 25-pound test) will allow you go keep the big bait near the surface. Bass are keying on shad along the docks so use a white or pearl jig and trailer to mimic the baitfish.
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