Christopher Smith

Hair Jigs Aren’t Just For Winter Smallmouth Anymore

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Niagara river smallieMany smallmouth bass anglers turn to hair jigs in the winter because as they sit on the bottom, the hair flutters and appears to breathe.  You can leave the jig sitting on the bottom and it will attract the attention of sluggish cold water bronzebacks.

As Doug Stange shows us, the hair jig is an old-style bait that is making a resurgence and can be fished in a variety of conditions and with some modifications.

Hair Jigs For Smallmouth Bass

Andy Vallombroso says he basically utilizes two presentations: #1. Slowly dragging or swimming the hair jig along the bottom, incorporating pauses 6-8 seconds long, and then impart 3-4 very short hops. “The key to this presentation is pausing! Many times this is when the bass will lightly inhale your hair jig.” #2 Swim the Hair Jig. “Smallmouth bass (As well as Largemouth’s) will move shallow on clear blue bird sky sunny days. Swimming the jig either along the bottom or at the depth they are suspending will draw reactions strikes as the hair jig swims in front of them.” Vallombroso, suggest anglers utilize the rattle concept by lightly making the tip of their rod quiver while swimming his Rattlin Hair Jigs!  Source

There are many options out there for hair jigs.  The biggest problem I have with hair jigs is snags. I fish where there are a lot of rocks and snags become a problem. Swimming the jigs as the water warms may be the way to go.

Be sure to leave your comments on hair jig fishing for smallmouth bass below and let us know your successes or frustrations!

3 Responses to Hair Jigs Aren’t Just For Winter Smallmouth Anymore

  1. Bob March 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    The problem I have with hair jigs is finding one with a strong quality hook. The video gives good examples of products to use as trailers, but does not give good specific manufacturers of hair jigs for folks to check out.

    • Rene Milata December 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Try the punisher! Hair jigs are meant to fish finese light line cold water with lots of slack in drag .

  2. Andy August 24, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Huh? Hair jigs are great, as long as we write about them in the “hair jigs suck season!” You bunch of frauds, wouldn’t be able to fish a lick if you didn’t have the guides and local people holding your net! The truth is you couldn’t hold their jock! Call me: 225-610-9909


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