I don't know how many times I've heard new anglers say, "I can't catch fish on a jig." The Hack Attack Jig is the extreme Heavy Cover Jig. They want the fish to see it and come get it rather than dangling it right in front of them. Hackney uses braided line as much as possible. How to Fish a Crankbait: Crankbaits are pretty darn easy to fish. section: | slug: how-to-swim-a-jig-for-bass-around-other-cover | route: article_single | I’ll be fishing a Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover swim jig 99% of the time with a Strike King Rage Craw trailer that matches the color of the swim jig I’m fishing. I have so much confidence in my D&L Swim Jig that I don't ever leave the dock without at least one tied on and when it's my main pattern, I'll have four or five swim jig rods rigged. I like the black-and-blue swim jig when I’m fishing dark water, especially early and late, and that color combination pays off in bass dividends in cold water, too. Finesse fishing a jig really has a special place when fishing. Horton gave up one of his best kept secrets and admitted he might have angered a few friends over it. Swim jigs are relatively snagfree, so he often upsizes to a 1/2-ounce jig to keep in good contact with the cover and not "ride over" it too much. Why are we talking about swim jigs? All use the fastest baitcasters they can get because swim jig bass attack aggressively and you need to take up line fast on a strike. The fish pulled off in these shallow fisheries and got down in the canals in like 6-8 feet. For whatever reason, I got away from swim jigs for a year or two and this particular swim jig has reminded me of how effective the technique really is. Since that's where fish hang out when they're ambushing prey, in the middle of dense grass cover is a great place for your jig to be! “I have a garage full of them,” Kilgore says. A pretty astute observation about how we can be our own worst enemy on a hookset. originalDevice: deviceType:desktop, Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover swim jig. Normally, finesse jigs are fished slow and more methodically than power-fished jigs. His original Hack Attack Flipping Jig was designed to be fished on braid with a big heavy-gauge saltwater hook in it. Bass fishing jig. ME AND FISH LOVE IT! One of the biggest things Hackney realized this season was you need more than one size swim jig. originalDevice: deviceType:desktop. This action makes the skirt and trailer pulse as it ticks through cover, but more importantly, it slows the bait's forward progression. Designed to handle heavy cover, the Strike King® Hack Attack Jig is ideal for thick cover in shallow and deep water fishing. The will hold their rod at about 10 o'clock and pump the rod tip succesively to cause the jig to pulse through the water. Hack Attack Jig – Strike King Image from Overton’s. "I always have a mindset about how a lake should fish before I get there," Hackney begins. The Hack Attack, a flipping jig designed by major bass angler Greg … As much as he loves to fish the jig, Hackney notes that, “there’s not a single jig made that I use as packaged. “I’ll fish a finesse jig about the same way as a full-size flipping jig,” Walker said. by Strike King 4.6 48 $4.46 - $15.99 $ 4. “A bass doesn’t feel you as much as you think he does,” Hackney said. Right: D&L Bill Lowen Swim Jigs with grubs and Paca Craws. 5 out of 5 stars Verified Purchase. Another great tip from Horton was a simple but extremely effective way to increase your hookups with a swim jig. To combat this, Horton has developed a one-step approach to hooking more swim jig bass. Lowen uses a rod he's designing with Castaway rods that he described as having a flipping backbone with a spinnerbait tip. This action makes the skirt and trailer pulse as it ticks through cover, but more importantly, it slows the bait's forward progression. The unique head design and heavy weed guard combine to help the Hack Attack Jig navigate in and out of cover easily. Lowen reaches for Spiderwire or Stren Braid while Niggemeyer prefers Tuff Line XP. "I tell folks in my seminars, the easiest way to get good with a swim jig is to just fish it where you would fish a spinnerbait. Howell and Horton advocate swimming a jig with a series of rod pumps. Each one gets trimmed, modified or customized – every time.” Hackney sets his sights on two different jig components when it’s time to start hacking: the skirt and the weedguard. I'd love to say it didn't hang up at all but to my knowledge there is no jig that comes through cover 100 percent of the time. Now the fish stays loaded on the rod the whole time and he doesn’t force the fish to get ahead of him on his reel and handling. But because he’s mostly using braid, and even with limited stretch of fluoro, he doesn’t have to get carried away on sweeping hooksets. “When it’s more of a shad deal, I usually stick with the swimbait tails like the Swimming Caffiene Shad or something like that.”. So they will keep the swim jig usually within sight the whole cast. Where he lives, the winter brought extremely cold temperatures and pretty tough fishing with it. Warning - CA Prop 65. If they are coming up and bumping or nipping at the jig, your trailer action is wrong.". A swim jig produces both numbers of bass and quality fish for two-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier David Kilgore. It gives him a lot of accuracy on the cast but a lot of power to move fish out of cover too. The pause, reel down and turn gives him a rock hard hookset nearly every time. Randy Howell won the first E-50 tournament on Lake Dardanelle "power swimming" a jig and uses it often in competition. Made for better hook penetration with fluorocarbon lines, the Strike King Hack Attack Fluorocarbon Flipping Jig is perfect for those times when you need the added stealth of fluorocarbon and a smaller presentation. "It's like Dean Rojas with his Spro Frog. “It’s amazing to me how in tough conditions making a simple action change to the swim jig gets the fish going,” Hackney said. The Hack Attack "Fluoro" Flipping Jig is a compact jig designed around a strong black nickel hook that has a smaller diameter (than the "Heavy Hook" model) to get good penetration when using fluorocarbon or lines that stretch more than braid. It bears mentioning that Lowen and Niggemeyer almost exclusively just swim the jig with no rod pumping. Grass is the best option for Lowen, but he also likes it around stumps, laydowns, rip rap, chunk rock banks. One of those three colors will work at any given time. “The point of the hook to the barb is about a 1/4 inch — that far,” he said. Sometimes, his retrieve changes. The Hack Attack smoothly enters and exits cover, thanks to the 30-degree line tie, which eliminates the snag-prone "corner" common to jigs with 60- or 90-degree line ties. Bass Jigs The Strike King Hack Attack Jig are an indispensable component in every tackle box. The Strike King Greg Hackney Hack Attack Jig was born to fish extremely heavy cover. We’ve all been fishing in the heavily-weeded lakes or ponds that have you dragging up a plate of vegetarian chow with every single cast. (1) So it was no surprise last year when Strike King Lures, with whom Hackney is associated, came out with a its “Hack Attack” signature jig. He now carries a boat load of 1/4-ounce, 3/8-ounce and 1/2-ounce namesake Strike King Hack Attack Swim Jigs. Sometimes he’s found that putting a really big trailer on really light jig enables him to roll it slower over cover and still keep the bait up and draw some vicious strikes. I fish the Football Head jigs on the drop-offs with no cover. He mixes up his trailers quite a bit but he does have a system for them. The Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Swim Jig was designed by Bassmaster Elite Series veteran, Greg Hackney to be fished in and around the heaviest cover out there. Five Stars. “Then we go to Rayburn, and you can’t reel a swim jig fast enough to take it away from them there. All his deep fish were caught on the Strike King Hack Attack Jig, both 1 and 1.25 ounce. 46. When he first started swimming a jig, he was power swimming it with the rod high and imparting the quick pulses with the rod tip. But he doesn’t want the rod so stiff that he’s actually snatching the jig away from the bass. wmtrip. "I can't name one time where the swim jig saved me because I always have one tied on," Lowen said. Combs’ jig lineup comprises Strike King’s Hack Attack Heavy Cover Flipping Jig, Denny Brauer Structure Jig, Tour Grade Football Jig, Tour Grade Heavy Cover Swim Jig and Pure Poison bladed jig… "I reel it slow and high in the water column and it doesn't seem to matter whether it's sunny, cloudy, raining or windy," Lowen said. He also uses a long rod with a little softer tip so that it loads a little before he sets the hook. So seeing that variety really opened my eyes to the fact that you can fish a swim jig all year. Lowen uses a 1/4 ounce D&L Swim Jig that he designed 90 percent of the time. All four anglers fish only braid, mostly 30-pound braid or better. But most people don’t realize he’s constantly evolving as a bass fisherman and specifically a jig fisherman. But what he’s found more often than not is the bass react to one retrieve better than another so he experiments constantly while fishing. So I picked the brains of four Elite Series pros who have reputations as great "jig swimmers" to see what we could learn about how to swim a jig around shallow cover and not just grass. He’s found, however, that when the fish are in tough conditions, sometimes a subtle trailer change can be the difference in not getting bit and really catching them good. "I've learned through many years of throwing swim jigs that you can tell which part of the swim jig you have wrong, just by how the fish reacts to the lure," Lowen said. The Hack Attack's 6/0 Gamakatsu hook won't flex, even under the force generated by an 8-foot flipping stick, 65-pound braid and a determined angler. It appears to me to have been patterned after the Japanese Koinobori, those carp-shaped wind socks (????? They need power to horse on fish around cover, but they also want maximum castability with the swim jigs. This gives the bass time to turn with the jig in its mouth. For example, it’s really cold out, or the lake has a ton of fishing pressure, or if the fish are smaller in size, you want to finesse fish a jig. At least 80 percent of his competitive fishing today is purely mental, he feels, which makes a true "Hack Attack" that much more remarkable because of its simplicity. "If they are following the jig but never attacking, your color is wrong. “If he goes out and eats anything in nature, it’s going to try to pull away from him, to try to escape his mouth. Extreme Angler TV features Fishouflage Pro Greg Hackney and the new Strike King Hack Attack Jig. It was a dream to pitch and flip around grass and wood alike. Horton on the other hand prefers a Dirty Jigs Swim Jig in 3/8 or 1/2 ounce because he feels that cover contact is critical and he doesn't want his jig riding over the cover but instead crashing through it. There might be times in really clear cold water where he’s just crawling the bait along, that he might go down to fluorocarbon line. So you can reel into them a little before you set the hook to be sure you have the slack out. "I've caught swim jig bass off nearly every type of cover you can encounter and on banks completely void of cover," Lowen said. "I call it power swimming," Howell said. It was one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments.”. Howell prefers a Lunker Lure Skip and Swim jig that has the weight further bank on the shank with a smaller head to give the jig a narrow profile for slithering through dense cover easily. The jig head features a heavy-duty weed guard to protect it against snags, and it’s built around a Gamakatsu® black nickel heavy wire hook for strong hooksets. Includes a heavy weed guard to help come through cover easier. Not only does it catch a bunch of bass, but it's also very reasonably priced. site: sports | ptype: stories | pageType: stories | I'm fond of sight fishing and love to flip bushes. 6-keys: sports/wired2fish//// "You can run it down a log and flutter it just like a spinnerbait and draw some awesome strikes.". “I want the skirt to be full, but not long. Some bass fishing techniques still excite us year after year when that "certain bite is on" as fishermen say. It was hard for each angler to name a specific swim jig time where it bailed them out of a tournament situation. Next thing he knows, the he hooks fish in the back of their throat. Part of that evolution in 2014 came with some discoveries about swim jigs that began in the offseason. The unique and modern design will reliably attract the perfect fish. “We only have to make the hook penetrate that far. So a straight retrieve obviously works too. Built around an exclusive Gamakatsu black nickel heavy wire hook for extra bite and a 30 degree line tie, you can load it up with the heaviest braid you have and pull as hard as you … In talking with four successful swim jig anglers, there are essentially 6 things you need to know to be good with a swim jig in bass fishing: Photo courtesy of B.A.S.S./Bill Lowen fights a bass to the boat on a swim jig. "I fished the 1 ounce, then went to the 1.25 ounce to fish faster," he … Most folks want to jerk when they see or feel the violently strikes you often get on a swim jig. He usually sticks with either a bluegill pattern or baitfish pattern. Per each. James Niggemeyer not only fishes professionally but also guides full-time down on Lake Fork. He now carries a boat load of 1/4-ounce, 3/8-ounce and 1/2-ounce namesake Strike King Hack Attack Swim Jigs. And for that reason, all agree it's more effective in stained to more clear water. Occasionally in really cold water he'll use a 3/16 ounce D&L Baby Advantage jig. But on a drop-off with a brushpile either at the top or the bottom of the drop, I prefer to fish the Hack Attack jig. He often uses a high contrast grub like white on a dark jig and vice versa to give the bait more flash in the water. “When I know I’m around bluegill eaters, I like the Rage Craw,” he said. “I was taking that 1/4-ounce swim jig and just barely swimming it at a crawl on the bottom around those scattered milfoil clumps,” Hackney said. “There is something about that really violent kicking legs that gets those aggressive bass triggered when they are really running bluegills down. This forces an additional amount of line to take up and causes him to reel down quickly for another second. "It can be a lot of work to swim a jig this way, but at times it's the best way to present a jig to pressured, spawning or otherwise leary bass.". He’ll also use a Menace for subtle action and a compact profile. The most straightforward method is to just run it back with a slow, simple retrieve, but varying up the action and adding in a couple pauses, twitches and speeds can sometimes be the thing that turns a slow bite into a day you’ll never forget. Hackney prefers the Strike King, 3/8-ounce Hack Attack Jig with braided line in shallow water applications, but will go to a 1/2-ounce Strike King Structure Jig (that has a smaller hook) with fluorocarbon line when fishing deep. But Lowen gave great advice on changing colors and trailers on the fly. The jigs come in 3/8 to 1 1/4-ounce sizes in nine colors, with a specially-designed head. “I’ve changed trailers and gone from no bass to catching several big ones the rest of the day. For the do-nothing trailer he'll thread aTightlines UV Craw, for the flapping trailer he likes something like a NetBait Paca Craw and for the curl tails he likes Tightlines UV twin tail on it. Strike King’s Hack Attack Heavy Cover Swim Jig is Kilgore’s choice for luring big bass out of the weeds. He will thread a NetBait Kickin B Chunk on the jig for more turbulence and attraction. I had caught a lot of fish swimming a jig but I realized I was just scratching the surface. “The only difference would be if I’m going to fish clear water where there’s not a lot of cover. Exclusive Gamakatsu black-nickel heavy wire hook. “The lighter jig makes me fish slower, and that’s how the fish want it,” … But he’s had a lot of days where changing to a slow-rolling retrieve produced better. Sometimes when the fish are biting his legs off his Rage Craw, he’ll drop down to the SKL Menace. What’s a Wack-A-Sack?It’s the perfect Wacky Jig and so much more, check this out for more information! All four anglers agree that it's a high in the water column retrieve that often produces better. Designed for fishing in and around the heaviest cover, Strike King®'s Hack Attack Heavy Cover Swim Jig is built around an exclusive Gamakatsu extra-strong Siwash hook for extra bite. The Hack Attack jig was 3/8 ounce but cast really well on even a heavy action rod with a fast tip. Good swim jig areas don't only involve swimming it over grass. Heavy weed guard. I have Poppin' Perch -only bc I found it hanging from a tree -with 6lb test hanging off it. Over the course of hundreds of tournaments, he has witnessed many of his biggest swim jig bass have come when his jig actually "hung up" for a second on the cover. For that reason, he constantly tries to work angles where he can catch the corner of likely bass-holding cover and almost stop his jig for a second before continuing with a retrieve. Greg Hackney. Most people that follow professional bass fishing know Greg Hackney, 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year. Sometimes he’s caught them really good waking the swim jig just under the surface and bulging the water to draw savage attacks. And their first flashback of him usually involves fishing a jig, setting the hook hard into a bass on a heavy rod with braided line and swinging a big bass into the boat. He usually tips it with a Yamamoto Single or Twin Tail Grub. "It seems like when that jig actually hangs on a limb or a clump of grass and then you pop it a couple of times to free it, the bigger bass take that as an opportunity to get an easy defenseless meal," Horton said. This technique is very similar to waiting on a frog bite. He gave a great explanation about how anglers get too carried away on hooksets at a recent Bass University course. I've been using the Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Swim Jig almost exclusively this summer. He simply keeps reeling the jig until the fish loads the rod for him. Now Hackney wants to actually feel the rod start to bend before he gives a sweeping reel set into the fish. The jig hung very little in the cover. 6-keys: sports/wired2fish//// The will hold their rod at about 10 o'clock and pump the rod tip succesively to cause the jig to pulse through the water. Niggemeyer loves the Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover swim jig in either 1/4-ounce or 3/8 ounce if he's following those bottom contours. As the bass strikes, Horton turns his body towards the fish and takes a step towards the bass. What I learned years ago when I would reel down and crack one, I’d set the hook with the rod 6-8 feet and snatch that 2-pounder out of there with a big hole in his mouth and then I’d have slack because I had to now go back and catch up with that fish.”. Lowen is often referred to in swim jig discussions because he's proven how efficient it is for pressured bass. Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Jig Bait. But that power swim gives the fish more of a chance to get the bait when they are sometimes leary due to pressure and can give you a good way to free a jig of cover more naturally. Designed to be fished in and around the heaviest shallow and deep water cover out there. But there is just something about the kind of hits you get on a swim jig that really gets me amped about fishing shallow. His advice will help anglers realize, like he did, you can fish a swim jig all year long. The Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Swim Jig is designed to penetrate dense vegetation on the fall and glide through grass with ease. Designed to be fished in heavy to extreme cover. Howell and Horton advocate swimming a jig with a series of rod pumps. Built around a super strong Gamakatsu Siwash hook designed exclusively for Strike King, it … It’s like they wanted action, but too much action was almost a hindrance. Swimming a jig for me is one of those techniques. "I love a swim jig around stumps or transition areas where a creek channel winds through a flat or maybe comes in close to the bank," Niggemeyer said. Niggemeyer opts for a St. Croix Legend Tournament Carolina-rig rod again with a stout back bone but some tip action for casting. ).In the BPS catalog, a designer of the Poppin' Perch is named. In the sport of professional bass fishing, the two have become synonymous. The Hack Attack Jig was built around an exclusive Gamakatsu black nickel heavy wire hook for extra bite and a 30 degree line-tie. We cause more problems by snapping slack on our hookset.”, site: sports | ptype: stories | pageType: stories | It seems to cause the bait to stall half the time and what you end up with is a very active jig that stays in the strike zone longer. Left: Strike King Hack Attack Swim Jigs with Rage Tail Grubs and Swimmin' Caffiene Shads. It comes through all sorts of cover but I like to keep a visual on the jig when I swim it.". Niggemeyer has had big catches on completely barren looking banks, like off of ditches running through a flat or barren banks other anglers may just skip in a highly pressured tournament. A heavy weed guard helps it to negotiate the heaviest cover, and a Perfect Skirt™ adds a more lifelike action. When they fish around grass they will hit the points, cuts, holes in the grass and anywhere that a bass can ambush something passing by the cover. He still wants the heavy backbone. He has found that with those three sizes in conjunction with several different trailers he can crawl it high or low in the water, burn it, fish it over and threw various forms of cover and literally cover the water column from top to bottom in a manner that will appeal to bass from Winter to Fall. section: | slug: 4-tips-to-fish-a-swim-jig-all-year | route: article_single | All four anglers keep colors simple – Black and blue, bluegill and a shad pattern. “They would eat it down to their throats every time. Over the years his eyes have been opened to the effectiveness of a swim jig by other pros like Bill Lowen. Or the bait was going too fast and a big trailer slowed it down and they liked that better.”. "I haven't found one magic condition where they bite it better. Hackney offers 4 things that prevail when fishing a swim jig all year round: In February of 2014, Hackney fished a lot around his house to prepare for the upcoming season and work on some techniques and tackle before he hit the road on a grueling two-tour schedule. He likes to tip his jigs with one of three types of trailers – a do-nothing trailer, a flapping trailer and a curly leg trailer. Jamie Horton has won more than 100 tournaments in his career and a large percentage has come "swimming." Ideal for heavy fluorocarbon or braided lines and heavy rods, the Hack Attack Jig is perfect when you want to bring a catch out of heavy cover. 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