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Fishing A Jig and Pig

Catch big fish on a jig and pig

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A jig and pig, as most of you know, is a lead headed jig with a rubber skirt and a pork frog trailer. It is a super bait for big bass and is especially good during the colder months. Most folks now use plastic trailers but the old pork is hard to beat. A variation is a jig and eel, a long pork eel trailer and it, too can be replaced with a worm or lizard.

To a bass a jig and pig must look like a crawfish, and many of the plastic trailers are made to look exactly like them. Since crawfish are a favorite food of bass - and many other species of fish - they are effective when fished around places where crawfish live.

This bait has withstood the test of time, being popular for many years. Lots of baits get popular and then get forgotten since they either don't catch many fish or the fish get used to them. That hasn't happened with the jig and pig.

Back in the early 1980's this bait got very popular when bass tournaments dropped their limit to 7 and then 5 fish, making competitors concentrate on catching quality fish rather than just large numbers of fish. A jig and pig does attract bigger bass. Many tournaments are still won on this bait every year.

I read about jig and pig fishing and, of course I had to try it. For about a year I would fish one for a few casts, not get a bite and then go back to something I was more used to. Then during one Thanksgiving Holiday at Clark's Hill I decided to leave all my other lures in the tacklebox and fish nothing but the jig and pig.

By 2:00 pm, after six hours of casting practice and no bites, I was regretting my decision. At 2:00 I pulled up to a shallow brush pile I had put out the year before. I cast to it and bumped the bait over some of the outside limbs. I was not really paying attention since I had not gotten a strike all day, but suddenly noticed my line was heading down the bank.

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