Fishing Tips

That’s the One: The Swim Jig

We asked KastKing pro staff member Paul Lopes if he could only choose one lure to fish with today, what would it be. His answer? The versatile swim jig. 

We asked KastKing pro staff member Paul Lopes if he could only choose one lure to fish with today, what would it be. His answer? The versatile swim jig.

Well he has a point. The versatility of the swim jig allows it to cover the entire gamut of the jig line up if fished correctly. It is what drives Paul to always have one tied on when he hits the water searching for big bass.

“I can fish it slow and work the bottom like a football jig. I can retrieve at a moderate pace and have the jig swim just above the cover. I can also retrieve it really fast and fish it like a swimbait.”

But for Paul, not every swim jig is created equal. A wired tied skirt, heavy weed guard, stout hook makes all the difference. And a powder painted, baked head helps as well. “I only use Nasty Fishing Tackle jigs! I have tried many different companies until l came across NFT a little over 2 years ago,” Paul states about his favorite brand of jigs.

Depending on the situation Paul says the only modification he does to the lure is to cut down the weed guard in areas with little cover or weeds.

Paul accompanies the NFT swim jig with a Rage Tail by StrikeKing, usually opting for the Rage Craw in the blue bug color. “Using a trailer gives the jig a more Crawfish look and presentation,” Paul says. “It will also create more turbulence as your moving the jig through the water.”

His swim jig is then set on a KastKing trifecta. A Stealth reel on a medium heavy Phantom Kayak Rod with 50lb KastKing braid.

As for the retrieve, Paul keeps it simple. Usually opting to let the swim jig sink to the bottom, he pauses for five or so seconds before giving it two small jerks, followed by one big jerk.  He then swims it for one to two seconds before repeating the process. He emphasizes using a hard hookset in heavy cover and horsing the bass out as quickly as possible. You don’t want the fish to gain leverage in the weeds.

For Paul, the versatile swim jig gets the nod as his go-to lure of choice.

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