MASTER CLASS Dressing
There is no single bait in that arsenal of yours that won’t catch a bass at any given time of the year… the secret however, is to apply the most appropriate lure to attract the greatest volumes of bites and of course to apply the best option to seek out t
There is a common trend in the movements of bass as they sense the change in seasonal temperature. Bass are particularly sensitive to water temperature change and their feeding habits need to adapt accordingly. Instinct tells the fish that the arriving colder temperatures will mean a decline in the availability of food. In turn the bass switch to a different gear and their feeding habits become quite intense – a great time of year for bass fishing.
In the next few months you’ll experience that bass will feed more aggressively and larger baits will attract a bite from even the younger fish. It’s a clever strategy that our target species employ in order to fatten up for the approaching winter period. A bulky lure option that becomes popular over the next few months is the jig.
A jig on its own has a fairly slim profile when retrieved through the water. I like to dress my jig for a few important reasons; to enhance its profile, and its swimming action, and to improve hook-set ratio. There are a three ways to do this which makes jig fishing that much more exciting:
Enhancing jig profile
A jig ‘trailer’ is a plastic lure rigged to the hook of your jig. The plastic lure can take on many varieties to suite the fishing venue. I will take particular note of the most prominent source of food in the dam I am fishing in and try to match that prey. A good example is on the Vaal River where the majority of the crabs have had a few months growth to develop to a mature size. Crabs will cling to the submerged branches and to the reed banks as they feed.