Westernbass Magazine February 2012, Page 28

Westernbass Magazine February 2012, Page 28




Pork or Plastic?


his article is just the tip of the iceberg;

there is not enough time or space to go

into everything I’ve learned over the years

fishing the “jig and pig”. Dave Nollar and I have spent many hours from the’ 60s and ‘70s fine-

tuning jig and pig fishing for big bass.

Regardless of what you may hear from the

various lure manufacturers, there is no such thing as a

miracle bait.

Still some extremely successful bass fishermen

say that if they had to pick just one lure to depend on

day after day, the simple jig and pig would be their


This versatile bait can be fished all through the

year; but it is primarily at its best in

the colder water. It allows the

angler to explore the bottom

and it can be worked quickly

covering a lot of terrain in a

hurry. The simplicity of the

lure can fool you; however,

with a close look at the lure

you will see

that the serious bass angler puts a lot of forethought into selecting the proper jig for specific situations.

Every part of this bait from the shape of the lead head, to the composition of the brush guard and the trailer used contributes to its overall effectiveness. If we break this lure down into its basic parts, it becomes apparent why one kind of jig works better than another depending on prevailing conditions.

Let’s start this lesson by examining the trailer. For years bass fishermen have been debating among themselves which trailer is best-plastic or pork. In reality, both materials are tremendously effective when fished in the right

28 Photo Credit Tami Curtis