Keri: Hey folks, Keri May here with BassResource. com. We’re talking to Skeet Reese. I actually got this angler’s name right, finally. It’s been taking me a while, trust me. And we’re gonna ask him his best three tipsfor jig fishing. Skeet Reese: Best three tips for jig fishing. One, I’ve just learned and I’ve gotten thisyear is a Berkley Maxscent Meaty Chunk JigTrailer, fish don’t let go of it, so thathelps you land a lot more fish. Fishing slow is probably one of the most importanttips. And fishing a fluorocarbon, which I use aTrilene Fluorocarbon to be able to keep yourjig in the bottom and get better sensitivityand better hook sets. Keri: Brandon is gonna tell us his top threetips for jig fishing. Brandon Palaniuk: Okay, for jig fishing, myfirst one is gonna be applying the right jigto the style of fishing you’re doing. And what I mean by that is if you’re fishingoffshore, you don’t wanna be throwing a biggiant flipping jig, you wanna be throwinga football style or some type of finesse jigthat matches those conditions. And then, vice versa, when you go shallow,if you’re fishing around shallow cover, youwanna make sure that you’ve got a jig that’sgot a little bit more of a stout weedguard,a little bit bigger hook that you can getthose fish out of the heavy cover and thenyou’re gonna match the rest of your tackleto that, so that would be my first tip. Number two would have to be about colors,but I’m not gonna go into that much becauseI believe we’re gonna talk about that a littlebit later. Keri: We’re gonna talk about color. Bren: So I’m not gonna go into all of thecolors. And then, I think, my next tip would probablybe the weight size and adjusting your weightfor different conditions. And just general rule of thumb, early in thespring, I like to go with lighter weights. The fish are moving a little bit slower, givesyou a slower fall, and then, as the waterwarms up, I’ll go with a little bit heavierjig, three-quarter, one ounce, a little bitfaster fall, more of a reaction strike. Ott DeFoe: Top three tips for jig fishing. Number one is keep it simple. Keri: I like that one. Ott DeFoe: I use no more than three sizes. I use a three-eights, a half and a three-quarter. That’s pretty much what I use. And I will use a three-quarter more than alot of guys do. I even flip it on shallow water, that kindof stuff. So, you know, I use a heavy jig sometimes. For me, I’m flipping in there, I wanna getit to the bottom. I wanna get it there pretty quick a lot ofthe time, so it kinda creates a reaction byusing a heavy jig. I only carry about six colors. That’s a part of the keep it simple, you know,don’t have a whole bunch of different crazycolors for jig fishing. I don’t feel like you need them. And the third one would be, you know, justto use it nearly every day you go. I think last year on the Elite Series, I weighedthe end fish on a jig in every tournamentexcept one. Keri: Wow. Ott DeFoe: So I think throughout the wholeyear in every tournament there was at leastone fish, and a lot of tournaments there werea lot more than one. I think Lake St. Clair was the only placeI didn’t weigh in a fish on a jig. Keri: Well, that’s saying something for thejig, really. Ott DeFoe: Yeah, yeah, very versitile. Edwin Evers: Jig fishing?You know, the biggest thing I can tell youin jig fishing is it’s one of those baitsthat always needs to be tied on. You know, a lot of people think of a jig asit only relates to a crawfish, but a jig isa great bluegill imitator. It’s also a great shad imitator all by changein the skirt color. And there’s just, you know, a couple of thingsto keep in mind. You know, if you’re fishing it on the bottom,I always like to try to be sure you drag. . . likea football jig, drag your rod sideways. That’s gonna keep better contact with thebottom. Fluorocarbon is a must when I’m in that situation. You know, because fluorocarbon is a very denseline. You have a direct pull with the jig. If you’re using monofilament, it’s more buoyant,you’re not gonna have near as good hook setor the feel braid. You don’t have any stretch. It’s not the right line. But then when I change that jig over to swimmingit, favorite technique, you know, and a lotof people don’t realize it, interchangeable. Just really a great technique, imitates abluegill, especially this time a year aroundthis pond, that’s when I change it over tobraid. A lot of times I’m swimming it around reallyheavy cover, making a long cast, and you don’twant any of that stretch, you know, so youget a really good hook set. But, you know, those are my tips for jig fishing. It’s one of the best time-tested baits thatthere ever was. Keri: Very true, very true. And great tips. Thank you so much. Jacob Wheeler: You know, jig fishing is. . . it’sone of those things that everybody has theiropinion on things. You know, for me, I would say number one witha jig is when you make that cast, make sureit’s falling on a slackline. When you have your line and you can pitchout there, a lot of people just click theirreel over and that jig will pendulum back,pendulum back. And that’s one thing, if it’s a slackline,it’s gonna fall real vertical, and a lot oftimes I get my bites on the fall. Another thing, inline line tie. Now for me, personally, that’s something thatI like. I feel I can get through the cover a littlebit better and. Last but not least, make sure you have a stiffweed guard, especially fishing in heavy cover. If your jig is getting stuck all the time,you’re not going to catch the bass. So that’s something that I would definitelyhave to recommend. Keri: Top three tips for jig fishing. Brent Ehrler: Jig fishing, top three tips. Trailers are a big deal with jigs. To me, there’s two styles. One has a lot of action to it, a lot of akick, and one that’s more of a subtle flapto it. Now, let’s explain those. Kick would be a Yamamoto Twin Tail Grub, hasa lot of kick to it. The other one would be a Flappin’ Hog, whichis a beaver-style bait. So when you lift and drop that jig, it’s moreof a flap to it instead of a hard kick. Colder weather, you want the one with littlemore of a flap to it versus the hard kick. So warmer weather, the Twin Tail Grub, colderweather, the Flappin’ Hog. As far as where to fish, football head, forfishing deeper water, and then I use a Arkie-stylehead for shallower water. The reason for that is the football, you’refishing normally around structure cover outdeep. I want the football head to catch when it’son the bottom, and it tends to wabble a litbit more. The archy-style head is what I’m gonna usefor fishing shallow cover, whether it’s docksor laydowns, that archy-style head is thebetter head for fishing shallow. Weights, for deep, I use the three-quarter. For shallow, I use half. And that’s about it across the board. Keri: Keeping it simple. Brent Ehrler: Keep it simple. Keri: Yeah, perfect. Thank you so much. Greg Hackney: Oh, top. . . You would ask me a hard one right off. Number one would be colors. Keep your colors simple. You know, basically, you need a white one,a black one and a, you know, something green,pumpkin, bluegill colored. Number two would be trailers. I do it about the same way. I basically use three trailers on my jig. I use a Rage Craw, I use a chunk of some sort,plastic chunk. I choose a KVD Chunk, and I use a Menace Grub. Keri: Perfect, perfect. Greg Hackney: And the last tip would be, don’tget caught up in using one size. Like, if you’re a big fan of a three-eights,occasionally try half or even a three-quarter,you know, and swap it up a little bit, andI think you’ll find you get a few more bites. Keri: All right. Great tips, really great tips.