Custom head. Heading into prespawn. What color should you use? Mike Ianconelli hits the nail on the head, “match the hatch.” Which means that you are going to pick what naturally matches the natural forage of the fish. What are they feeding on? Focus.
The style of jig What’s a jig to do? The football head jig is fished low and slow on bottom, the rocky bottom areas, along the shore ledges, deep break lines on or near the bottom. Football jig colors that are browns, green pumpkins, tans and oranges the colors that are based on crawfish, the colors that imitate a crawfish. The flipping style jig, the colors get a little more versatile, you can swim it, cruise it on the bottom, you are going after fish like blue gill.
Power finesse fishing A power technique that appeals to larger fish when power fishing just won’t do. During a fishing tournament there is a lot at stake, you gotta’ stay on top of your game and be the boss or someone else will. Mike Ianconelli and John Crews came up with the compact jig, a style of jig with better head, and could be used for just that, power finesse fishing.
What would Mike Ianconelli and John Crews do? The story about a man named Mike and John came up with what they wanted, Missile Jigs Mini Flip Jig. A jig specifically designed for the way you want to fish for precise presentations. Small head is better, the idea is to get that bass fatty to grab it and not spit it out like they do. The jig is a good way to catch quality bass.
Keep it subtle If you keep the skirt shorter so the fish can really see it and think it is a small forage chaser. Subtle jerks and hops will start generating some strikes for a reactionary bite. Shake it. The strikes most often will come on the fall making under the lily pads a geat place to power fiesses this jig option. Bass are known to hang in suspension under cover. Keep your rod at a 45-degree angle and ‘swim it,’ this leaves you in a place where quick hook setting is ready for when the time comes. A time when and where things happen fast. Kicking action is definitely what you are looking for. Reel the jig back and ‘push it.’
- February ‘go to’ bait
Get some bass attention The weekend weather is calling for warmer days and sunnier skies. A perfect time to shake the dust off your fishing gear, if you haven’t ice fished. Don’t forget the Missile Jig because it is small it is a good one to cast into the wind.