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  1. Chris
    September 5, 2012

    Two things about the jig rig: First, try using a punch skirt in front of it, snugged up against the rig with a bobber stop. The punch skirt does several good things, not only does it add bulk, flare, and color like on a jig (or swimjig), but it also conceals the weight to make the bait look more natural, and it enhances the “rocklessness” because the silicon prevents the weight from pinching between rocks. Second tip, try using a walking sinker (the Northland Gary Roach kind with the little metal clip at the top), instead of the cylindrical drop shot weight. The walking sinker has a wide profile and a bend to it so it very naturally tucks up underneath the bait. It’s not just the 45 degree angle you talked about, it actually hugs the bottom of the bait, makes the whole package look seamless. Also, the walking sinker is the most rockless sinker made. I started playing around with this rig for a trip to Falcon, which of course is full of gnarly rock and brush and known for eating up jigs. I rigged an Owner 7/0 oversize worm hook, #3 hyperwire split ring, a 3/4 or 1 oz walking sinker, with a punch skirt in front and a variety of soft plastics. I could drag that rig through anything. Unbelievable. You also don’t lose as many fish with a heavy jig rig as you would with a heavy jig because the weight swings free. The jig rig has so many potential applications. Thanks for the post Matt!

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