A jig simulates a crab quite perfectly, however by adding plastic lures, such as a Baby Brush Hog, or a creature bait of your choice you can simulate the pincers and legs of the crab more readily.
This is also a good chance to adjust the plastic lure colour as you try to match the colour of the crab. Take out some Dip ‘n Glo and add a little orange to the fringe of your bait. Small adjustments to your bait will make a huge difference to your strike ratio.
Improving swimming action
Depending on your desired action you can adjust the size and type of trailer lure in order to make the jig swim quicker, or slower, or to ‘kick’ as it swims. Most of your craw baits will offer some sort of ‘kicking’ action as the bait is retrieved. The ‘kicking’ action not only makes for an incredibly enticing offering, but it can also be used as a means to slow the rate at which your bait descends and swims.
Experiment with your jig trailers and don’t be scared to ‘go big’. I have had particularly good success with bigger presentations such as a jig and Brush Hog (not the Baby Brush Hog). The profile is probably as large as your hand, but the swimming action and amount of water it displaces can only attract the greediest fish.
Rust de Winter Dam was a great example to apply a swim jig. Retrieving / swimming the jig between the grass and strings of vegetation is a great way to cover a large