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How to Fish Jigs for Tough Summer Bass | Gerald Swindle Tells All

Stingy summertime bass got you wishing you “weren’t” fishing? While most anglers think slowing down is best during a tough bite, Gerald Swindle ( puts on display that the exact opposite can sometimes be even more effective. Sit back and watch as “GMAN” explains why snapping a skirted bass jig in deep grass can oftentimes be the ticket to beating the heat.

• JIG – Buckeye Lures G-Man Ballin’ Out Jig:
• TRAILERS – Zoom Fat Albert Twin Tail Grub, Green Pumpkin:
Zoom Z Craw, Tilapia Magic:
• ROD – 13 Fishing Envy Black III Casting Rod, 7’3″ Med-Hvy:
Currently Available – 13 Fishing Envy Black 2 Casting Rod:
• REEL – 13 Fishing Concept Z Slide Casting Reel, 7.5:1:
• LINE – Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon, 16-pound:
• FISH FINDER (center console) – Humminbird HELIX 15 CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G4N:
• FISH FINDER (side console) – Humminbird HELIX 10 MEGA SI+ GPS G4N:
• 360 IMAGING – Humminbird MEGA 360 Imaging, Ultrex:
• MAPPING – Humminbird LakeMaster Southeast States V5:
• SUNGLASSES – Costa Del Mar Reefton Sunglasses:

The “middle of the road”, as Swindle calls it, is a place that often gets overlooked come summertime. “Most anglers either go punch mats or get out on the ledges.” What several people forget is that there is a whole lot of water between the two for fish to sit in. Swindle begins breaking down this area by using his side imaging to look for irregularities in the grassline and of course, fish.

Once successfully located, Swindle ops for a skirted bass jig which he casts into the grass, and snaps back to the boat. Erratically snapping the jig creates a reaction strike out of the fish. Swindle chooses a more streamlined head design to come through the grass better, as well as a shorter-shanked hook for better penetration. Swindle’s ideal setup for this technique is a 7’3” medium-heavy rod paired with a faster gear ratio reel (7.5:1) to catch up to fish if you get caught out of position, which Swindle claims happens more times often than not.




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  1. Been with Gerald and KVD since the Quantum days. K V D is retiring! I am going with Gerald Swindle. Learning to jig fish. Great video G-Man. Shawn.

  2. I watched another Gerald video and my father took me bass fishing when i was a baby. and i've been doing it ever since. I fished for bass now for over 40 years and never liked or had confidence in a jig. I looked at them as ways to get hung up baits. After watching Gerald descibe a jig last winter I busted out all the jigs I had laying around and began fishing it at least once a trip. At first I sucked.. couldn't get a bite. Then one day in the following summer it happened. It just clicked. I was fishing it wrong. That day I caught a two lber on my second pitch with a jig. then five casts later a three lber. I have gone jig niuts now and will always have pone tied onm. I love Gerald. He's a great guy or one hell of a actor. Either way I can't thjank him enogh.

  3. bass are so cool they are my favorite fish they are good fighter don't give up 😉 also thx for this vid it a lot what is ur biggest bass? my is 6pounds very big

  4. I came forth in a club tourney using this information. I am pretty I've watch this 3 times trying to remember all the info for future opportunities. Keep up the great videos and more g man.

  5. If I had 1 wish….be jus to set on the back deck and watch g get after it!! Good lord could take me home when we got back to the ramp I would have no regrets!! Solid solid video G-man!!! Keep it real and the wisdom coming enjoy every second of it!!

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