Glenn: Here we go. Keri: Whoa, hello. Doorbell. Good fish. Glenn: Come here, you. Come here, come here, come here, baby. Come here, baby, come here, baby, come here,baby. Keri: That’s a nice fish. Glenn: Come here. There we go. Keri: Big fatty. Glenn: Got some grass on his face. Beautiful fish. Gonna let you go over on this side. There we go. Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com,and today, I wanna talk to you about fishingjigs in the springtime and how to be successfulwith jigs. Now, jigs, they are so universal, they areextremely flexible, and they’re versatile. You can use them in a variety of conditions,in a variety of depths, under, basically,any kind of lake or river system anywherein the United States. And they work year-round. So, they’re one of the best lures to use duringthe spring, especially during the spring,because during the wintertime, crawdads typicallyhibernate or they burry into the mud and they’renot very active. When the weather warms up and the water beginsto warm up, that’s when they start to comeout and get active. And these are just little protein snacks andit’s a main staple of the bass’s diet. So, in the springtime, they’re finally availableand the bass just start to gorge on them. So, it’s a great time to fish a jig, becausea jig resembles a crawdad. So, I wanna talk to you a little bit abouthow I fish a jig throughout the spring, startingin the early spring. What I mean by that is when the water temperatureshave just peaked into the mid to upper 40s. So, real early. . . late winter, early spring,the bass are beginning to just begin the migrationto the shallow areas where they’re gonna spawn. So, in this time of year, I’m looking at stillmain lake or deeper water. Places I like to look at main lake points,some of them secondary points, ledges, drop-offs,humps, water that’s around the 25, 20-footzone on average. Now, my neck of the woods where the fish sitand they set up camp in the wintertime isaround 45 to 55 feet deep. So, it’s relative, get an idea of what I’mlooking at, it’s in the 20-foot zone areaduring this time of year. Maybe a little bit shallower in your lake. What I’ll do is I’d like to find points thathave steep drops, or humps, or ridges thathave steep drops on them. And I find those by looking at a lake mapat home, break out a paper map, and I’m lookingfor those contour lines when they’re reallyclose together. That’s what indicates a real sharp drop, thoseare the areas I want. I mark those and I find out what the GPS coordinatesare on those and I put those into my GPS uniton my boat. Then what I’ll do is, when I’m on the lake,I go to those spots and I graph over the topof them, and I’m looking for any kind of coverthat might hold fish. In this instance, it’s usually, you know,rocks, like, chunk rock or boulders, lookingfor maybe some stumps down deep, some kindof woody structure, maybe some logs that arelaying on the bottom or perhaps some deepweeds, something that the fish can relateto on that structure. If I don’t find any of that cover then I usuallymove on till I find a point or a hump or somethingthat has that on it. That’s a good starting point. Then what I do is fish the jig starting outdeep and work shallow. So, I’ll throw it out there, let it fall allthe way to the bottom. Typically, what I’m doing is I’m using a heavierjig this time of year like a 3/4-ounce jig,not because of. . . you know, I’m not gonna be. . . Idon’t want fast action on it, not becauseI want a fast drop, but I’m gonna get it onthe bottom, I want it to stay on the bottom. I wanna work these jigs just crawling it onthe bottom, maybe a little bit down the incline,give it a little it of a hop here and there,small movements, mostly on the bottom. So, I’ll use a heavier jig to get it downthere and let it stay down there. A football-head jig is typically what I use,because it’s not. . . usually too weedy downthat deep. Also, in the early part of the season, I’musing larger profile jigs. Yeah, it’s a 3/4-ounce jig, but I want larger. . . maybea 60-strand jig skirt, something that’s gotsome bulk to it. The reason behind that is, a lot of the baitfishin the available forage is from last year’sspawn, last year, last summer’s growth andthey’ve been growing this entire season. There hasn’t been any recent spawns in theearly part of the spring. So, all the forage that’s available to thebass right now is at the largest they’re gonnabe all year long. So, I wanna match that size, so I size upand I’m using for something big, plus thebass are looking for a protein-rich meal. Instead of using a Rage Craw trailer on it,I’ll size up to something a little bit biggerlike a Space Monkey, something to give ita larger profile. That’s what I want, and I want it moving slowlyon the bottom so it looks like an easy targetfor those bass to snack on as they’re feedingup, getting ready for that spawn. But I’ll throw it down there, let it sit,and crisscross that point in different anglesand cover different water depths. And I’ll gradually work myself shallower untilI finally connect with the fish. When I do, I make note of where that is. Say, for example, the fish bit at 20 feet,then I know, “Okay, that’s probably aboutthe depth that the fish are holding at. “So, I’ll narrow my focus now plus or minus5 feet, 15 to 25 feet in this instance. And I’ll work that area and probably pickup a few more fish. Then I look at that paper graph that I broughtwith me now that I marked at home, and I lookfor those areas. Look for those points that have that 15 to25-foot band on them, points, humps, ridges,whatever kind of structure I can find, andgo find those. And again, cross over with the graph, I lookfor that cover in that zone, if it’s there,then I fish it. That can be productive, I can hit point, boom,boom, boom, boom, boom. Throughout the whole lake, I can hit all theseareas that I’ve marked and I can be reallyproductive that day rather than spending mytime just going along the shoreline hopingI get bit. So, it’s a lot quicker and easier way, especially,when it’s colder out, you wanna catch fish. Keri: There we go. Glenn: Nice. All right. Get them, Keri, get them. Keri: There’s one particular spot out thereand you have to be spot on it to do it. One spot. Glenn: That’s how you use deeper jigs fordeeper fishing. That’s a good healthy fish. Keri: That’s a healthy fish. Oh, wait, I had you that time, you weren’tgoing nowhere. Look at that. Glenn: Nicely done. Keri: Jig fishing. Woo-hoo. Glenn: So, that’s how I approach it with earlyspring. Now, as spring progresses and the water temperaturegets in the low to mid-50s, then I start movingout shallower. Now, I’m moving towards the 5 to 15-foot range,and I’m moving back closer towards those spawningareas where the fish are gonna end up lateron the spring. They’re gonna start migrating up there andI find those areas by looking at places wherethe bass are. . . basically what I call bus stops,structure, places where the bass are gonnastop on their way as they progress shallowerto the spawning flats. So here, I’m looking for creek channels andriver channels, especially, where it swingsup close to the bank as it works its way backinto the back of coves and bays. I’m looking for secondary points, drop-offs,I’m looking for weeds that are in deeper water,looking for those outside weed lines. That’s the kind of stuff you wanna hit and,basically, hit all of it as you’re movingup back into the coves. They usually don’t go super shallow, becausethe water temperature, again, isn’t reallyabove 55. I don’t catch too many fish that are lessthan 10 feet deep during that time. Every once in a while, well, you know, there’sexceptions, but as a general rule, they’rein that, you know, 10 to 15, 10 to 20-footrange, somewhere in there. And I’m looking for anything. . . any kind ofcover that they can relate to. Sometimes, here you’re looking at submergedbushes and submerged trees. And the jig I’ll work a little bit faster. I’ll cast it out there. Now, I’m using, like, a 1/2-ounce to a 3/8-ouncejig, want a little bit slower fall. I’ll put on a Rage Craw trailer on it that’sgot some more action to it that slows downthe fall, because it has those ridges on iton the craws, so it falls a bit slower, hasmore action. Let it drop next to the cover, and let itsit for a couple of seconds, I lift it upabout a foot and let it drop back down again. And work it a couple times then I reel backin and I throw again. Typically, if you’ve had stable weather ora general warming pattern, you’re gonna getbit on that initial fall or that secondaryfall when you lifted and dropped it again. Glenn: Ahh, a little bit better. That’s right. Here we go. Come here. There we go. Look at that. Do you think he wanted it?Look at that. He wanted it. Glenn: Now, as we get to the spawn, and, really,you know, pre-spawn, spawn area, 55 degreesto low 60s. Now, the fish are up shallow, they’re up onthe flats, and they’re. . . any kind of cover,you know, docks, skipping a jig under a dock,throwing it on, you know, bridge pilings,throwing it anywhere you can find weeds, littlepockets of weeds, something that you submergein weeds, lily pad fields, I’m looking formaybe a rock pile in the middle of cover. Like, you got a big flat with weeds on itand hydrilla or milfoil and then there’s arock pile in the middle of it or a stump,those are the target areas that I really focuswith the jig. And, now, I’m flipping and pitching. And I’m hitting all the targets with flippingand pitching. I’m using a 3/8-ounce jig and, again, withthat Rage Craw, and throwing it out thereand just letting it fall. And almost always it’s on the first drop. Occasionally, I’ll pick it up again and tryto get a secondary drop, but it’s pretty fastfishing. Just flipping and pitching to every cover. . . youknow, target I can find and it’s a heck ofa lot of fun to catch fish. The key thing here is, during that fall, alot of the time, that’s when you get bit andit’s on slack line, so you’re not gonna feelit. So, this is not the time to be looking around,talking to your buddy, or looking on the shoreline,you got to be watching that line and seeingif it jumps, twitches, does any kind of movement,because that usually indicates if there’sa fish on the other end. So, pay close attention to that line as it’sdropping on slack line. A lot of times, you’ll see that bump and justreel up and set the hook. And you’ve got yourself a good fish. Then, during the spawn, what I do, I tendto downsize, oftentimes I’ll use a finessejig. I’m using a round head jig, finesse, and I’lltake the trailer off and I cut the skirt,so it’s right even with the back of the hook. Bass have an uncanny ability, when you putsomething on their bed, that they’ll pickit up by the tail, and not get the hook intheir mouth. And they’ll carry it off the nest and dropit. It’s maddening, because you can set the hookand you just pull it away from them, theydon’t actually have it. So, that’s why I cut it so short, in the hopesthat they will. . . and it’s a small compactbait, so it’s a lot more difficult for themto do that. But they still manage to do it sometimes,but often, I will do it that way and catcha lot of fish. I just drag it across. . . I cast on the otherside of the. . . opposite side of the bed fromme and I just slowly drag it across there. And let it sit and get that fish’s attentionand when he looks down on it then I just giveit a little twitch and sometimes I just pickit up just like that. A lot of times you have to make multiple castsin order to catch them, but that’s an effectiveway to catch fish on beds. Then, during the post-spawn, what I’ll dois I’ll go back to that 3/8-ounce jig witha Rage Claw trailer on it, and what I’m lookingnow, is for balls of fry. Because, often, there’s a male guarding them. Sometimes you can’t see him, a lot of timesyou can’t see him. They’re down in the depths or in a bush somewhereor under a dock, but you can see the fry. And so, I like to cast right into the fryor right next to them and a lot of times,that bass comes out from hiding and whacksit. It’s a real fun and exciting way to catchfish that way. And it works for about the next, you know,couple three weeks after the spawn. It’s a great way to go out there and you canfind fish by finding those fry and castingout to them and watching those bass just divebomb the jig. The only thing I ask is, if you’re fishingbeds or if you’re fishing fry, when you catchthe fish, please, let them go right afteryou catch him so he can finish doing his jobin ensuring a successful spawn for that year. Boy, he came out and smacked it hard. Come here, you. Got you on a jig, buddy, that’s a good one. Got a face full of jig right there. A good fish. You wanted it. Boy, you wanted it. That works. Well, let’s go, little buddy. Here we go. One other important thing to use a jig forduring the spring is when those dreaded coldfronts come through. It always happens in the spring, there’s lotsof fronts and what that tends to do is slowthe bite down. And that’s when the jig really shines. What will happen, the bass. . . if you’ve had,you know, a warming trend or stable weatherfor a while, the fish will be up shallow,actively chasing baitfish, and feeding upon the flats. And when that front comes through. . . most fronts,now, I’m not talking severe fronts, but, typically,when a front comes through, what the bassdo is one of two things. They’ll either bury up in available coverright on that flat. If there’s bushes, and weeds, and that sortof thing, they’ll just bury right down intoit, and, kind of, wait till conditions improvebefore they start feeding again, or they’llease off a little bit to the next. . . you know,a little bit deeper right next to the flatsto the next available piece of cover, whateverthat may be. But they’re not gonna go far, they’ve beenfeeding, guys, they have been eating reallywell, they’re successful, their food sourceis right there, they’re not gonna abandonit. So, don’t think they have suddenly disappearedand gone way down deep. They’re right nearby, probably within 40,50 yards from where you were catching thembefore. But you got to slow down and let the jig doits job. And here’s when I’m using a rubber skirtedjig. And I use that because if. . . do this, finda jig that you’ve got with a rubber skirt,put it in a sink or your bathtub, don’t letyour wife know. And let it sit on the bottom and what you’llsee is that skirt just slowly open like that,all by itself. And that’s perfect, that’s what you want. During this time, the fish are kind of reluctantto bite, they’re not gonna move far, so whatI do, is I throw it out there, let it fallright next to that cover that they may bein, like a deeper weed line and let it siton a tight line. And just stand there and not move, and whatwill happen is that jig slowly opens up, andin the meantime, if you’re in a boat, yourboat’s moving a little bit because of thebreeze. Even if you’re on the shoreline, you’ve gota little bit of waves on the water, it’s lappingup and hitting your line. And you’re holding the rod in your hand andyou can try to hold it as still as possible,but you’re not gonna be able to be. . . you’renot a mannequin. So, there’s little bit of movements that arebeing transmitted down the line. All that just, kind of, makes it quiver inplace while it’s opening up. It’s something that looks alive and it’s notmoving and it looks. . . it’s a beefy because,usually, the rubber skirts make the jig looka larger profile. So, it’s a big protein snack that’s not movingvery fast, it’s really hard for the bass toresist even during cold front conditions. So, I just let it sit there and then moveit a couple of inches and then rinse, lather,repeat, wait again. It’s a real slow, sometimes boring way tofish, but it’s very effective. You can catch a lot of fish even during toughcold front conditions. As for colors, I keep it pretty simple. If it’s dark outside, cloudy, or if the wateris dingy to really muddy, I use black andblue straight up, or black and purple. I might put a little chartreuse dye on mytrailer, but other than that, that’s aboutall I use when it’s dark. And then when the water’s clear, that stainedto real clear, and if it’s sunny out, thenI’ll use natural colors like greens and brownsand stick to that, those hues, green pumpkinand that kind of thing. Very simple, I don’t get, like, all colorsof the rainbow on my jig box. If you look at it, it’s basically all brownsand greens with a little bit of black andblue, because the lakes I fish in are mostlyclear. But that’s essentially it, and that’s a greatway to use a jig during the springtime. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like that, visitBassResource. com.