One of the best baits for big bass is a jig and pig. Check the results of most any tournament and many of the top finishers will have used a jig and pig. For a quality bite, they are great.
You can also catch a lot of fish on a jig and pig, but it is a bait that is generally fished slowly, so it is hard to cover a lot of water quickly. Flipping and pitching are the usual methods of fishing them, but they can also be cast or jigged.
The curly tail versions are best when the bass want more action, and they make the jig sink even more slowly.
Plastic trailers like the Zoom Super Chunk or any of the crawfish imitations are also good, and they don't dry out. Twin curly tail trailers like the Yamamoto Ika are also excellent. Rig them so the claws or arms stick out from the jig skirt.
The general rule of thumb is brown in clear water and black in stained water. Many people go with a black/brown combo and others match the jig and trailer. Black/blue is also a good combination. I suspect the color is more important to the fisherman than the bass, so choose the one you like best.
Cast or pitch the jig and let it hit bottom. Let it sit there for a few seconds and imagine the legs on the jig waving and wiggling, enticing any nearby bass to eat it. if you don't a strike, shake the jig with your rod tip and move it with short hops. Think of a crayfish scuttling around on the bottom and then jumping backwards when scared. That jumping motion may make a bass think his dinner is leaving and draw a bite.
Keep working the jig and pig as long as you are in the cover. Brush, rocks, and clay bottoms are all good since they are the type places bass look for crawfish.
Repeated casts to good, isolated cover is always worthwhile to make a reluctant bass hit. Big bass often do not hit a bait quickly but repeated casts often will irritate them enough to make them bite.
Set the hook at the slightest indication of a bite. Watch your line and set the hook if it moves at all. If you feel the weight, don't wait until you feel the bass spit out your jig and pig to set the hook.
Try a jig and pig this fall and winter. It is a good cold water bait
. Don't give up on it too quickly - wait on that hawg to bite!
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