In the previous article we talked about when and where to use a swim jig. It’s a great way to get started and absorbing this basic knowledge will make you a better angler – but today we’re going to look at 10 rock-solid swim jig options for anglers of every skill level.
Pick a few that look appealing to you (or better yet, some that closely resemble the forage in your local fishery) and get out on the water!
Strike King Tour Grade Swim Jig
The Strike King Tour Grade Swim Jig is a great all-around option for many different applications. Start with a quarter ounce offering and take a look at all of the available patterns.
6th Sense Divine Swim Jig
The 6th Sense Divine Swim Jig looks absolutely killer – featuring detailed eye sockets, gill plates, and realistic 3-D eyes paired with a super-sharp 5/0 black-nickel hook with a screw-lock baitkeeper along the shank; this jig is an absolute workhorse.
Lunkerhunt Natural Skirted Swim Jig
The Lunkerhunt Natural Skirted Swim Jig comes in a few different patterns and adds a level of realism that mimics baitfish with a lifelike finish. This swim jig weighs in at 3/8 oz, features a silicone skirt and a 60 degree premium 4/0 black nickel hook.
Strike King Tour Grade Swinging Swim Jig
If you want to add a bit more movement and vibration without changing your presentation completely, give the Strike King Tour Grade Swinging Swim Jig a try. The black nickel hook is larger and swings freely on the jighead, making it a prime choice for sparse cover conditions.
The All-Terrain Swim-Jig is a beefy little option for working around many different kinds of cover. It includes a fiber weed guard that keeps you away from snags – but compresses easily when taken by a fish.
Terminator Heavy Duty Swim Jig
When you’re looking to pull that kicker-bass out of thick cover, tie on a Terminator Heavy Duty Swim Jig and throw into cover other swim jigs wouldn’t dare go. Check out the excellent color options and rest easy knowing you won’t bend the VMC Hybrid 5/0 Wide Gap Hook during rock-solid hooksets.
Reaction Tackle Tungsten Swim Jig
If you are looking for a heavier weight in a smaller package, look no further than the no-nonsense Reaction Tackle Tungsten Swim Jig. Tungsten weighs more than lead, and the smaller size means you can fish in tighter areas with fewer hang-ups. You can also use this bait in locations with lead restrictions.
Z-Man David Walker’s Crosseyez Snakehead Swim Jig
If you are looking for a flatter profile to glide over the top of weeds & grass, check out this goofy little bugger: the Z-Man David Walker’s Crosseyez Snakehead Swim Jig – molded after – you guessed it – an actual snake head. The shape of the head helps the jig plane upwards and features a 4/0 heavy wire VMC hook.
Stanley Hand-Tied SwimMax Swim Jig
The Stanley Hand-Tied SwimMax Jig features a wedge-head design, coupled with a stout hook and a V-Lock Keeper for securing your trailer of choice. Many patterns are available in this affordable, weedless little package.
Booyah Swim’n Jig Swim Jig
Finally, we’ll round out our list with the unique jighead design of the Booyah Swim’n Jig Swim Jig. One of the most weedless jigs available today, the arrowhead design helps the bait to plane upwards, while the durable paint, silicone skirt, loud red rattles (2) and Excalibur Tx3 point triple cutting edge hook round out the package. Cast it shallow, burn it back – then hang on and be ready to hammer it home!
At the end of the day, the best swim jig is the one you have the most confidence in. The one that you are not afraid to tie on, the one that you are not afraid to lose, and the one that you believe fish will bite. The only way to gain this confidence it to get out, make some casts, and see what works for you.
Next we’ll go over some of the various trailer options that are available today. Spoiler alert – there are a LOT. But have no fear – we’ll help you weed through the clutter and zero in on some of the best trailers to pair with your swim jigs.
Soon we fish. Tight lines!
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