When it comes to late fall and winter bass fishing, waters can be just above freezing making bass very slow and lethargic. In order to catch bass at this time of year you need to size down and slow down in order to entice them to bite. There are many techniques and lures out there that can be used in order to catch these bass, but one lure that has fallen off the radar over the years and deserves more popularity then it gets is the hair jig. These lures work great for cold water situations and have been know to catch bass in waters with a temperature between 35 and 40 degrees.
Hair jigs are one of the earliest artificial lures used in the sport of angling and was extremely popular when it came to bass fishing. But when the sport of bass fishing took off in the late 60’s early 70’s, tournament anglers started using jigs with rubber skirts and trailers.
A hair jig consists of a lead sinker with a hook molded into it with natural or synthetic hair tied to the hook, it is simple in design that can catch a wide variety of species including largemouth bass. Most anglers prefer these lures with natural hair (Deer Hair) for the simple reason that deer hair is hollow and when in the water gives the lure a breathing or life like presentation. Even when the jig head isn’t moving the hair is.
Even though a lot of anglers had put this lure into their tackle boxes and had forgotten about them, they are still popular amongst anglers hunting the famous bronze back(smallmouth bass). But that doesn’t mean that they will not catch largemouth, they will.
When fishing this lure there is one presentation that works very well in cold winter water when bass are hanging around steep rocky banks and that is the pop and drop technique. Begin by positioning your boat in deep water and make a long cast to shore, let the lure fall all the way to the bottom keeping your rod tip at the 10 o’clock position. Then lower your rod tip at the same time reeling up the slack in the line, give your rod tip a slight jerk or pop back to the 10 o’clock position then let the lure fall again. Continue this pattern all the way down the rocky bank and back to the boat. If you feel a tap or see a twitch in your line, set the hook.
When fishing this technique with hair jigs, you will want to start off by using the right equipment. Recommended is a spinning outfit that consists of a medium to heavy action 6 foot graphite rod lined with 6 to 8 lb test fishing line and start off with a 1/4 oz jig. If you find yourself not getting bites with the 1/4 oz size, switch to a 1/8 oz jig head, this will allow the lure to present itself with a slower fall rate.
Give this lure a try, I think that you will be surprised what this forgotten lure can do.
As a Bass Fishing Beginner, I almost gave up on the sport due to my lack knowledge and frustration. Now I enjoy sharing my experiences with those that love to Bass Fish.