Yeah, you’re right. GOA has spent a lot of time talking about swim jigs this year. We can’t help it. They continue to produce. But we would like to point out that they aren’t just fabulous largemouth baits. Smallies love ’em too!
Smallmouth Swim Jig?
Really, it’s just a swim bait, on a jighead with a skirt (optional). I only started using the skirt for smallmouth last year, and well, let’s just say that I’m still using the skirt. Don’t know if I have a good explanation for why it seems to work better (not that it didn’t work good without the skirt), but I just feel like they get more of it in their mouth, get hooked better with the skirt.
Smallmouth = Small Baits?
Wrong. I use a healthy 4.8 Keitech for the trailer. Or the 4.75 inch Strike King Rage Swimmer. Another option I’ve been playing with is the Zoom Boot Tail Fluke. Not your grandpa’s smallmouth lures. I still catch plenty of little smallmouth on this size swim jig, but I also run into the “right ones” – those 3lb. plus smallmouth.
Time and a Place
Past history has shown that the swim jig bite really shines immediately after the spring and summer runoff. That bigger bait, with all its action and water displacement is perfect for slightly stained conditions. As summer begins to where into the fall, then the swim jig bite tends to diminish some. Well, it goes from crazy to just good.