6 Swim Jig Strikes! / Get Better at Swim Jig Fishing

6 Swim Jig Strikes

Now that we’ve spent some time reviewing how we can all get better at using a swim jig, covering new jigs, trailer options – and more – I figured today would be a good time to pull together a few clips that show my favorite swim jig strikes from last season. These clips are taken directly from videos that were posted on the YouTube channel – so make sure to subscribe if you’d like to see the new stuff coming down the pike!

(Yes – there will probably be some pike coming down the pike… sorry, Dad joke. Couldn’t resist.)

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These fish were all taken while fishing from shore on a small lake. Less than 20 acres, in fact. So if you were on the fence thinking swim jigs wouldn’t work in your smaller body of water… it might be worth reconsidering that assumption.

Notice the weather is a bit windy and there is at least some cloud cover with all of these strikes – that’s no coincidence. Only one of these fish was less than 2 pounds – a couple of them were well over 3.

What was the magic jig-and-trailer combination, you ask?

All 6 of these fish came on a quarter ounce Bass Pro Shops swim jig, very similar to the Strike King Tour Grade Series. The trailer was a green pumpkin / pearl belly Strike King Swim-N-Shiner.

Gorgeous Swim Jig Color Combination
Gorgeous Swim Jig Color Combination – Bluegill Skirt & Green Pumpkin Pearl Trailer with the tail bit off!

Easy to use. Easy to cast.

Absolutely deadly working the shoreline and shallow water (all of these areas were less than 6 feet deep).

The rod I used was a 7 foot Bionic Blade from Bass Pro, heavy action, extra fast, and I paired that with a Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier baitcaster spooled up with 30 pound braid with a 4 foot fluorocarbon leader tied straight to the jig with a uni-knot. The fluorocarbon was Berkley Vanish – 14 pound test.

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A healthy, fat largemouth taken on a swim jig in shallow water.

I can’t tell you how bad this makes want to go fish right now… but it’s currently 5 degrees and everything is frozen… 🙁

So… soon we fish. Until then… we prep. Tight lines!

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