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5 Jig Fishing Tips To Catch Bigger Bass This Spring!

Want to catch bigger bass this Spring? Tired of the same old results when you go to the lake? On average, a jig catches bigger bass than most other lures. Some anglers shy away from jigs because they believe they get less bites. Understanding how to apply the jig to your fishing is critical! Not all jigs are created equal, they came in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors and each has a purpose. Today Matt explains the best jig styles for spring bass fishing and how to adapt your trailers and colors to get more bites from big bass this Spring.

Choosing the right jig for a clear water lake is completely different than choosing one for murky water. Choosing one for big largemouth is different than choosing an offering for smallmouth. Come along as we teach the subtle differences that will seriously increase your catch rates! Jig fishing is one of the most fun ways to catch a bass. They catch both numbers and BIG bass once you’ve find tuned your method.

Today’s video is all about simplification and building confidence. Identify the type of lake you’re fishing then focus on the right style of jigs for that environment. Below is a breakdown of our favorite jigs for different conditions along with our favorite colors, trailers, and jig fishing gear.

Best All Around Jig…
-Dirty Jigs Pitchin’ 1/2 oz (Go To):
-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin Red):

Best All Around Finesse Jig…
-Dirty Jigs Finesse Football 3/8 oz (Supermatt Brown):
-Yamamoto Double Tail 5” Grub (Cinnamon/Purple):

Muddy Water Jigs…
-No-Jack Flippin Jig 1/2 oz:
(Hematoma, Black/Blue, Blackend Blue)
-California Swim Jig 1/2 oz:
(Citrus Shad, Crappie, Tactical Shad)

Muddy Water Trailers…
-Reaction Innovations Kinky Beaver:
(Low Blow, Hematoma)
-River2Sea D Walker 120:
(PB Red, Ice White, Pearl)

Clear Water Jigs…
-Dirty Jigs Finesse Football:
(Supermatt Brown, Go To, Green Pumpkin Craw)
-Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig:
(Supermatt Brown, Go To, Green Pumpkin Craw)
-Bass Patrol Round Rubber Football:
(Brown/Purple, Brown/Orange, Brown/Green Pumpkin)
-Keitech Tungsten Football Jig:
(Green Pumpkin Blue, Brown Purple, Dark Green Pumpkin)

Clear Water Trailers…
-Yamamoto Double Tail Grub (4″ and 5″):
(Cinnamon Blk Purple, Smoke Black and Purple, Green Pump Purple and Copper)
-Z Man BugZ:
(Green Pumpkin, Sprayed Grass, Mud Bug)

The BEST Spring Color (Magic Craw Swirl) and matching components…
-Pitchin’ Jig (Magic Craw):
-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (Magic Craw Swirl:
-Finesse Jig (Magic Craw Swirl):
-Big Bite Baits 5″ Grub (Tilapia):

Favorite Finesse Jig Rod…
Rod- G Loomis GLX 843C MBR:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:
Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Great All-Around Jig Rods…
-Megabass Orochi XX Braillist:
-G Loomis Conquest 7’6″ XH 905C MBR:
-G Loomis IMX Pro Mag Bass 7’6″ Heavy:

Budget Jig Rod…
Rod- Shimano SLX 7’5″ Heavy:
Reel- Shimano SLX DC HG:
Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

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TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:
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TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:
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Equipment We Recommend…

Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor:
Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics:
Minn Kota Talons:
Hot Foot Throttle Control:
Loc-R-Bar Boat Security:

Favorite Storage Box:
Favorite Pliers:
Favorite Split Ring Pliers:
Favorite Wire Cutters:
Favorite life jacket:
Favorite sunglasses:
Hero8 Camera:
ElectroSamson Scale:
Frabill Net:
Lure Retriever:

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  1. I called that like the keitech bluegill flash with a little bit of red watermelon pumpkin sparkle we need to get something in there bud with pink like the pink trick bubblegum worm I mean if trout terror and pink worms up why would they tear a pink Lure up ????

  2. Brother you answered everything I needed to know because I had me a like a wacky jig head or easy wide gap that I put my beaver on just a hop around the cover but once I put it on the back of my trailer on my swim jig and all my chatter bait I got hit and the Beaver style T or DZ man’s they are like the crawdad a 2.75 inch they are amazing and I’ve done caught three pounders lip hitting them I don’t know if that makes me a better fisherman that I can lift fish through the nose by the way I feel them biting and sucking on my line that’s why I say if I get onto a gas boat a real bass boat instead of these trolling motor boats up here in Maryland in the Lock Raven reservoirs without a 72 V ray motor you can’t really beat the fish the way you would like to but you answered all my questions and you’re absolutely right I got the same exact color from innovation reactions and honestly 2017 is when I first use their paddle tails of the sexy shed color and I use them for trailers on my chatter baits and I switch them upside down so the towel would be upside down but that was my biggest question to watch the video was to see about the beaver bait should I do it on a Texas or Carolina set up or I’m popping in usually I use a half ounce jig in the back that’s weedless for the wait I know people can do a Texas or Carolina rig all different types of ways and still called the same thing common sense is common sense and I don’t believe a lot of fishermen have that I believe if it wasn’t for lotta great friends in the industry a lot of people would be lost and I thank you guys for what you do I know you’re making a buck but hey I’ll make a book every day and try to make a dollar every day but sometimes I ain’t got the energy to speak on things so my hats off to you man keep seeing these good videos because center later I’ve been taking all the information for the last nine months on here and during my injury and I applied it to my since January of this year I caught my first 5950 smallmouth largemouth hybrid I had no lateral line and I didn’t understand what type of fish I had I know it was a largemouth bass because he hit that stunner jerk bait and like the ripped it right out my hand but I landed it and for that starfish it was my personal best at 5.5 pounds I just wish we had more opportunities up here and a lot of times money comes in the play especially during a pandemic I run a little small service plumbing business and I’m very good at what I do my favorite is kitchens and bathrooms I love to redo kitchens and bathrooms but what I love the most is watching of bronze back tail walk it’s something about coconut fish and bring them to the boat

  3. i just ordered a GLX 854C and im super nervous about it as it’s my most expensive Rod purchase to date. I own an 822s IMX Pro Mag Medium DSR which is frankly the perfect shaky head drop shot and 2.8 keitech rod on the market…. obviously you can go higher in price with GLX and NRX and they’d be better but the 822s in general is amazing. I’m hoping this 854c can be a bit more versatile than what i’ve seen of it, i think i can use it for open water weighted t rigs and jig to heavy cover lily pads

  4. Matt, in one jig video you recommend for the budget jig rod the slx 7'5" med hvy, and in this one you recommend the 7'5" hvy. What do I need to consider if I'm only going to get one, and I have a Bass X 7'4" heavy but want a dedicated jig rod. I appreciate any help.

  5. Magic craw jig w/ the magic craw swirl trailer from reaction innovations landed me my PB on Friday, 7.24 lbs… what an awesome fish, on the jig color you guys recommended which was really awesome! Thanks for all you guys do to teach on this channel, keep it up! 🤙

  6. Not that you mentioned it in this video but the Zman ned jig with the zcraw has been my ticket to converting worm tail nippers into hooked fish. Nothing big (yet) but I'm still only seeing males on beds.

  7. Great video as usual Matt. Sounds like it's time for me to do some shopping for spring jigs, and trailers! lol Love these videos, so yes please, keep 'em coming.

  8. You make alot of videos for the rich white guy, don't nobody got time for all that expensive bullshit and do some bank fishing once in a while

  9. Try a 1oz Hack Attack Jig- no skirt trimmed- with a full size Rage Lobster. Pitch it at stumps and fish it like a square bill- run it into wood; pop it hard- and then let it fall. Been hammering bass all spring in 49-55 degree water on it. Giants.

  10. Hey Matt, first of all thanks again for sharing your knowledge with us. You said that you would throw a football jig in smaller rock, but not in really big rock. I'm just curious as to your reasoning for not throwing it in the big rock. Can you elaborate on that a little bit. Thanks.

  11. Great video as always, thanks. I've been slaying the largies with that Bass Patrol jig. The price is right and it works well. Also the smallie beaver from Reaction Innovation's is a great trailer option for finesse jigs. Thanks again and have a good one

  12. Is that pitching jig linked at tacklewarehouse $4.99 for one or $4.99 for 10? It looks delicious, but I'm definitely not going to make a habit of paying $55 for 10 jigs. The site could use some more details I guess.

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