site: sports | ptype: stories | pageType: stories | Bass Jigs The Strike King Hack Attack Jig are an indispensable component in every tackle box. "I can't name one time where the swim jig saved me because I always have one tied on," Lowen said. "I tell folks in my seminars, the easiest way to get good with a swim jig is to just fish it where you would fish a spinnerbait. Jamie Horton has won more than 100 tournaments in his career and a large percentage has come "swimming." It gives him a lot of accuracy on the cast but a lot of power to move fish out of cover too. Combs’ jig lineup comprises Strike King’s Hack Attack Heavy Cover Flipping Jig, Denny Brauer Structure Jig, Tour Grade Football Jig, Tour Grade Heavy Cover Swim Jig and Pure Poison bladed jig… Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Jig Bait. “I was taking that 1/4-ounce swim jig and just barely swimming it at a crawl on the bottom around those scattered milfoil clumps,” Hackney said. 5 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. "I love a swim jig around stumps or transition areas where a creek channel winds through a flat or maybe comes in close to the bank," Niggemeyer said. Designed for fishing in and around the heaviest cover, Strike King®'s Hack Attack Heavy Cover Swim Jig is built around an exclusive Gamakatsu extra-strong Siwash hook for extra bite. I like the black-and-blue swim jig when I’m fishing dark water, especially early and late, and that color combination pays off in bass dividends in cold water, too. Niggemeyer opts for a St. Croix Legend Tournament Carolina-rig rod again with a stout back bone but some tip action for casting. And their first flashback of him usually involves fishing a jig, setting the hook hard into a bass on a heavy rod with braided line and swinging a big bass into the boat. “When it’s more of a shad deal, I usually stick with the swimbait tails like the Swimming Caffiene Shad or something like that.”. But because he’s mostly using braid, and even with limited stretch of fluoro, he doesn’t have to get carried away on sweeping hooksets. “If he goes out and eats anything in nature, it’s going to try to pull away from him, to try to escape his mouth. Good swim jig areas don't only involve swimming it over grass. He usually tips it with a Yamamoto Single or Twin Tail Grub. It seems to cause the bait to stall half the time and what you end up with is a very active jig that stays in the strike zone longer. "I reel it slow and high in the water column and it doesn't seem to matter whether it's sunny, cloudy, raining or windy," Lowen said. Normally, finesse jigs are fished slow and more methodically than power-fished jigs. They want the fish to see it and come get it rather than dangling it right in front of them. “When I know I’m around bluegill eaters, I like the Rage Craw,” he said. So they will keep the swim jig usually within sight the whole cast. Over the course of hundreds of tournaments, he has witnessed many of his biggest swim jig bass have come when his jig actually "hung up" for a second on the cover. This technique is very similar to waiting on a frog bite. But he wanted something a little more compact for fishing with fluorocarbon for fishing cover like flooded bushes, docks, and even grass when braid was overkill. “I have a garage full of them,” Kilgore says. "I fished the 1 ounce, then went to the 1.25 ounce to fish faster," he … As much as he loves to fish the jig, Hackney notes that, “there’s not a single jig made that I use as packaged. "I've learned through many years of throwing swim jigs that you can tell which part of the swim jig you have wrong, just by how the fish reacts to the lure," Lowen said. Hackney prefers the Strike King, 3/8-ounce Hack Attack Jig with braided line in shallow water applications, but will go to a 1/2-ounce Strike King Structure Jig (that has a smaller hook) with fluorocarbon line when fishing deep. So you can reel into them a little before you set the hook to be sure you have the slack out. When they fish around grass they will hit the points, cuts, holes in the grass and anywhere that a bass can ambush something passing by the cover. 6-keys: sports/wired2fish//// Now Hackney wants to actually feel the rod start to bend before he gives a sweeping reel set into the fish. The Hack Attack Jig is the extreme Heavy Cover Jig. Howell prefers a Lunker Lure Skip and Swim jig that has the weight further bank on the shank with a smaller head to give the jig a narrow profile for slithering through dense cover easily. He often uses a high contrast grub like white on a dark jig and vice versa to give the bait more flash in the water. James Niggemeyer not only fishes professionally but also guides full-time down on Lake Fork. In talking with four successful swim jig anglers, there are essentially 6 things you need to know to be good with a swim jig in bass fishing: Photo courtesy of B.A.S.S./Bill Lowen fights a bass to the boat on a swim jig. What’s a Wack-A-Sack?It’s the perfect Wacky Jig and so much more, check this out for more information! One of those three colors will work at any given time. Swimming a jig for me is one of those techniques. Niggemeyer loves the Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover swim jig in either 1/4-ounce or 3/8 ounce if he's following those bottom contours. There might be times in really clear cold water where he’s just crawling the bait along, that he might go down to fluorocarbon line. His advice will help anglers realize, like he did, you can fish a swim jig all year long. The Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Swim Jig is designed to penetrate dense vegetation on the fall and glide through grass with ease. Left: Strike King Hack Attack Swim Jigs with Rage Tail Grubs and Swimmin' Caffiene Shads. His original Hack Attack Flipping Jig was designed to be fished on braid with a big heavy-gauge saltwater hook in it. “The lighter jig makes me fish slower, and that’s how the fish want it,” … 46. In the sport of professional bass fishing, the two have become synonymous. I’ll be fishing a Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover swim jig 99% of the time with a Strike King Rage Craw trailer that matches the color of the swim jig I’m fishing. The Hack Attack "Fluoro" Flipping Jig is a compact jig designed around a strong black nickel hook that has a smaller diameter (than the "Heavy Hook" model) to get good penetration when using fluorocarbon or lines that stretch more than braid. It was one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments.”. He usually sticks with either a bluegill pattern or baitfish pattern. He simply keeps reeling the jig until the fish loads the rod for him. He’ll also use a Menace for subtle action and a compact profile. He now carries a boat load of 1/4-ounce, 3/8-ounce and 1/2-ounce namesake Strike King Hack Attack Swim Jigs. He will thread a NetBait Kickin B Chunk on the jig for more turbulence and attraction. I'd love to say it didn't hang up at all but to my knowledge there is no jig that comes through cover 100 percent of the time. It was a dream to pitch and flip around grass and wood alike. Where he lives, the winter brought extremely cold temperatures and pretty tough fishing with it. Not only does it catch a bunch of bass, but it's also very reasonably priced. How to Fish a Crankbait: Crankbaits are pretty darn easy to fish. The Hack Attack jig was 3/8 ounce but cast really well on even a heavy action rod with a fast tip. He now carries a boat load of 1/4-ounce, 3/8-ounce and 1/2-ounce namesake Strike King Hack Attack Swim Jigs. It appears to me to have been patterned after the Japanese Koinobori, those carp-shaped wind socks (????? “It’s amazing to me how in tough conditions making a simple action change to the swim jig gets the fish going,” Hackney said. Each one gets trimmed, modified or customized – every time.” Hackney sets his sights on two different jig components when it’s time to start hacking: the skirt and the weedguard. “A bass doesn’t feel you as much as you think he does,” Hackney said. Or the bait was going too fast and a big trailer slowed it down and they liked that better.”. The most straightforward method is to just run it back with a slow, simple retrieve, but varying up the action and adding in a couple pauses, twitches and speeds can sometimes be the thing that turns a slow bite into a day you’ll never forget. So a straight retrieve obviously works too. Grass is the best option for Lowen, but he also likes it around stumps, laydowns, rip rap, chunk rock banks. ).In the BPS catalog, a designer of the Poppin' Perch is named. Now the fish stays loaded on the rod the whole time and he doesn’t force the fish to get ahead of him on his reel and handling. Some bass fishing techniques still excite us year after year when that "certain bite is on" as fishermen say. Why are we talking about swim jigs? Warning - CA Prop 65. “They would eat it down to their throats every time. But most people don’t realize he’s constantly evolving as a bass fisherman and specifically a jig fisherman. The Strike King Greg Hackney Hack Attack Jig was born to fish extremely heavy cover. The Hack Attack, a flipping jig designed by major bass angler Greg … For the do-nothing trailer he'll thread aTightlines UV Craw, for the flapping trailer he likes something like a NetBait Paca Craw and for the curl tails he likes Tightlines UV twin tail on it. For whatever reason, I got away from swim jigs for a year or two and this particular swim jig has reminded me of how effective the technique really is. The will hold their rod at about 10 o'clock and pump the rod tip succesively to cause the jig to pulse through the water. The jig hung very little in the cover. The Wack-A-Sack is a new jig designed by lure designer and Pro Angler Greg Gutierrez.The W.A.S. “There is something about that really violent kicking legs that gets those aggressive bass triggered when they are really running bluegills down. For example, it’s really cold out, or the lake has a ton of fishing pressure, or if the fish are smaller in size, you want to finesse fish a jig. It’s like they wanted action, but too much action was almost a hindrance. As the bass strikes, Horton turns his body towards the fish and takes a step towards the bass. “We only have to make the hook penetrate that far. But on a drop-off with a brushpile either at the top or the bottom of the drop, I prefer to fish the Hack Attack jig. Built around a super strong Gamakatsu Siwash hook designed exclusively for Strike King, it … “The only difference would be if I’m going to fish clear water where there’s not a lot of cover. Most people that follow professional bass fishing know Greg Hackney, 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year. Horton gave up one of his best kept secrets and admitted he might have angered a few friends over it. Niggemeyer has had big catches on completely barren looking banks, like off of ditches running through a flat or barren banks other anglers may just skip in a highly pressured tournament. He still wants the heavy backbone. Howell and Horton advocate swimming a jig with a series of rod pumps. All four anglers keep colors simple – Black and blue, bluegill and a shad pattern. Lowen is often referred to in swim jig discussions because he's proven how efficient it is for pressured bass. "It can be a lot of work to swim a jig this way, but at times it's the best way to present a jig to pressured, spawning or otherwise leary bass.". Exclusive Gamakatsu black-nickel heavy wire hook. It was hard for each angler to name a specific swim jig time where it bailed them out of a tournament situation. “The point of the hook to the barb is about a 1/4 inch — that far,” he said. What I learned years ago when I would reel down and crack one, I’d set the hook with the rod 6-8 feet and snatch that 2-pounder out of there with a big hole in his mouth and then I’d have slack because I had to now go back and catch up with that fish.”. "It seems like when that jig actually hangs on a limb or a clump of grass and then you pop it a couple of times to free it, the bigger bass take that as an opportunity to get an easy defenseless meal," Horton said. The pause, reel down and turn gives him a rock hard hookset nearly every time. "I call it power swimming," Howell said. "I've caught swim jig bass off nearly every type of cover you can encounter and on banks completely void of cover," Lowen said. Randy Howell won the first E-50 tournament on Lake Dardanelle "power swimming" a jig and uses it often in competition. This action makes the skirt and trailer pulse as it ticks through cover, but more importantly, it slows the bait's forward progression. It comes through all sorts of cover but I like to keep a visual on the jig when I swim it.". I'm fond of sight fishing and love to flip bushes. He also uses a long rod with a little softer tip so that it loads a little before he sets the hook. A heavy weed guard helps it to negotiate the heaviest cover, and a Perfect Skirt™ adds a more lifelike action. Greg Hackney. He has found that with those three sizes in conjunction with several different trailers he can crawl it high or low in the water, burn it, fish it over and threw various forms of cover and literally cover the water column from top to bottom in a manner that will appeal to bass from Winter to Fall. And for that reason, all agree it's more effective in stained to more clear water. Occasionally in really cold water he'll use a 3/16 ounce D&L Baby Advantage jig. The will hold their rod at about 10 o'clock and pump the rod tip succesively to cause the jig to pulse through the water. He gave a great explanation about how anglers get too carried away on hooksets at a recent Bass University course. So I picked the brains of four Elite Series pros who have reputations as great "jig swimmers" to see what we could learn about how to swim a jig around shallow cover and not just grass. (1) So it was no surprise last year when Strike King Lures, with whom Hackney is associated, came out with a its “Hack Attack” signature jig. He’s found, however, that when the fish are in tough conditions, sometimes a subtle trailer change can be the difference in not getting bit and really catching them good. The Hack Attack Jig was built around an exclusive Gamakatsu black nickel heavy wire hook for extra bite and a 30 degree line-tie. Howell and Horton advocate swimming a jig with a series of rod pumps. Next thing he knows, the he hooks fish in the back of their throat. "It's like Dean Rojas with his Spro Frog. “I’ve changed trailers and gone from no bass to catching several big ones the rest of the day. Heavy weed guard. We cause more problems by snapping slack on our hookset.”, site: sports | ptype: stories | pageType: stories | Strike King’s Hack Attack Heavy Cover Swim Jig is Kilgore’s choice for luring big bass out of the weeds. Sometimes when the fish are biting his legs off his Rage Craw, he’ll drop down to the SKL Menace. Built around an exclusive Gamakatsu black nickel heavy wire hook for extra bite and a 30 degree line tie, you can load it up with the heaviest braid you have and pull as hard as you … Horton on the other hand prefers a Dirty Jigs Swim Jig in 3/8 or 1/2 ounce because he feels that cover contact is critical and he doesn't want his jig riding over the cover but instead crashing through it. For that reason, he constantly tries to work angles where he can catch the corner of likely bass-holding cover and almost stop his jig for a second before continuing with a retrieve. Designed to be fished in and around the heaviest shallow and deep water cover out there. But that power swim gives the fish more of a chance to get the bait when they are sometimes leary due to pressure and can give you a good way to free a jig of cover more naturally. So seeing that variety really opened my eyes to the fact that you can fish a swim jig all year. Hackney uses braided line as much as possible. section: | slug: how-to-swim-a-jig-for-bass-around-other-cover | route: article_single | Extreme Angler TV features Fishouflage Pro Greg Hackney and the new Strike King Hack Attack Jig. This forces an additional amount of line to take up and causes him to reel down quickly for another second. Bass fishing jig. The Hack Attack smoothly enters and exits cover, thanks to the 30-degree line tie, which eliminates the snag-prone "corner" common to jigs with 60- or 90-degree line ties. One of the biggest things Hackney realized this season was you need more than one size swim jig. I had caught a lot of fish swimming a jig but I realized I was just scratching the surface. In its mouth throats every time 3/8-ounce and 1/2-ounce namesake Strike King Attack! Gives the bass time to turn with the swim jig bass best secrets. 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