IN­TER­VIEW

There has been nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles about jigs and trail­ers; how, when and where to fish them. I de­cided to ask Joao Men­des about his views on se­lect­ing the cor­rect jig trailer for dif­fer­ent fish­ing con­di­tions.

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“Se­lect the Cor­rect Jig Trailer” There has been nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles about jigs and trail­ers; how, when and where to fish them – Ben­nie Wiese

H is team has been do­ing ex­tremely well on this year’s Cast-for-Cash tour­na­ment trial and I spent a day with Joao on his boat. I have taken the op­por­tu­nity to ask him about his views on jig trail­ers.

“The first thing about jig trail­ers is that there are many colours and sizes to use. Not go­ing off the sub­ject but for the ca­sual an­gler, jigs are jigs. Not true. An­glers will just maybe see the dif­fer­ent jig sizes and many colours. There are dif­fer­ent head de­signs and hook sizes that’s part of choos­ing the right jig for the cor­rect con­di­tion and match­ing it with the proper trailer.” The jig it­self has been around for many years and must be one of the most ver­sa­tile lures around.

“It will all come down to where and how you are fish­ing the jig. The chances are re­ally great to catch bass on about any type of water with a jig, any time of the year.”

He adds “I per­son­ally be­lieve that you can have more suc­cess if you are more ver­sa­tile in pick­ing the trail­ers for your jigs. There’s a lot to it, but it’s also pretty straight­for­ward and ba­sic when you break it down.” Here’s how Joao goes about se­lect­ing the jig trailer for dif­fer­ent con­di­tions:

Water depth

“The first thing that I will con­sider will be the water depth I am go­ing to fish. Gen­er­ally I am go­ing to fish the shal­low ar­eas and pre­fer the old style chunk trail­ers like the Chunk of Su­per

Chunk. These types of trail­ers have been around for many years and still pro­duce fish. They don’t have lots of ac­tion but work will when pitch­ing or flip­ping the shal­lows water ar­eas.” Joao tells me that there’s an im­por­tant ex­cep­tion when he is fish­ing a swim jig in the shal­lows.

“Yes, the swim jig is deadly in the shal­low and I will al­ways have one ready on the boat to make some cast in the shal­lows. When us­ing swim jigs I will most of the time use twin tail type of trail­ers. These twin tails have a lot of ac­tion even when fish­ing them slow.”

Twin tails also work ex­tremely well on foot­ball jigs, es­pe­cially when you are crawl­ing the foot­ball jig slowly across the bot­tom. The rea­son be­ing that twin tails are very sen­si­tive to the slight­est move­ment of the lures.

Water clar­ity

Water clar­ity also plays a great part when pick­ing the

cor­rect jig trailer. Men­des ex­plains that: “Most of the time I will use big­ger bulky trail­ers when fish­ing dirt­ier water. You need the trailer to dis­play more water. The dirt­ier the water the more the bass need to use their lat­eral lines to find the fod­der. Es­pe­cially a big twin tail or a crea­ture bait like the Brush Hog moves a lot of water and makes it eas­ier for the bass to find it.”

Joao also adds that “When I am fish­ing clear water I will scale down on line sizes to make fur­ther casts. The jig’s trailer will also be scaled down to move faster through the water. The

more time the bass has to look at the bait the big­ger the chances are for them to find some­thing wrong with it and move away from the bait.”

Colours

Joao be­lieves that the trailer’s colour is highly in­flu­enced by the water’s clar­ity. “When I am fish­ing dirty water, I like dark colours that show up well or of­fer a good sil­hou­ette so the bass can find them more eas­ily. If the water is clear, I like nat­u­ral colours like green pump­kin or wa­ter­melon that blend in with the sur­rounds. I be­lieve to keep it easy for as long as pos­si­ble. On bright and sunny blue­bird days lighter nat­u­ral colours works great for me. I try to match fod­der in the venue I am fish­ing.” Joao also adds that; “The darker colours work bet­ter for me when it’s over cast or when fish­ing deeper water.”

On a sunny day glit­tered trail­ers can at­tract more at­ten­tion from the bass; the colour will change its ap­pear­ance the deeper it goes. For ex­am­ple a colour like red will lose its look and change to black where as black and white loses their ap­pear­ances last. Con­trast­ing dark and light colours will give the an­gler a more nat­u­ral af­fect as well as give a vis­ual pres­ence to the lure in chang­ing con­di­tions.

Lastly Joao says; “When water is stained I found that bass will be hold­ing closer to the bot­tom or struc­ture. I will al­ways look for banks that have a type of slope be­tween 30 to 45 de­grees. It al­lows bass to quickly move be­tween the shal­lows and deep water with­out wast­ing ex­ces­sive en­ergy. And with the colder months ap­proach­ing the bass will move more lethar­gic as the tem­per­a­ture drops. So it is im­por­tant that you slow down your pre­sen­ta­tion and that you match the colour of your trailer as close to the fod­der as pos­si­ble.”

*Ben­nie Wiese is the edi­tor of SA Bass mag­a­zine and an ex­pe­ri­enced pro­vin­cial bass an­gler.

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