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How to Pair Swimbaits on Swim Jigs for Stingy Bass

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Florida bass fishing pro John Cox loves swim jigs to cover water fast and get bit, but he admits bass are quick to get conditioned to it. Like ChatterBait fishing, his remedy is to remove the skirt and thread on a realistic paddle tail swimbait. A swim jig and paddle tail combination add an element of refinement that can generate fresh bites even in heavily pressured areas.

TACKLE USED
• Berkley Power Swimmer, 3.8″ Tennessee Shad:
• Dirty Jigs Swim Jig:
• Abu Garcia Winch Casting Rod, 7’5″ MedHvy:
• Abu Garcia-Abu Garcia Revo Premier Casting Reel, 7:3.1 (discontinued), check out the Abu Garcia REVO EXD Casting Reel:
• Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon:

Cox shares his preferred jig head and swimbait combo for combing the shallows, and unlike a Texas-rigged swimbait, the jig fosters higher hooking percentages so long as you have the right rod, reel, and line combo. He shares a few additional points on how he fishes the setup, ranging from cadence to hook sets, and why it’s essential to manipulate the jig weed guard.

BOAT SETUP
• Crestliner MX21:
• Crestliner MX21 Boat Builder:
• Mercury 250hp Pro XS FourStroke:
• Minn Kota Fortrex:

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One of the best opportunities to fish for crappie is during the generating season, which usually the start of spring. However, spring can bring rains, which can disrupt the normal pattern of crappie. This may likewise impact the method you fish, but not to stress, as fishing after heavy rain is still possible!

Read on as I talk about how heavy rainfall impacts crappie behavior and how you can still go crappie fishing after heavy rain.

Crappie Fishing After Heavy Rain

Did you just experience heavy rainfall and planned to go crappie fishing that day? Don't worry, there's still a possibility you'll get a catch, depending on how the fish were affected.

Unfortunately, chances are slim when catching crappie at this time. Why? Here are the changes that happen after the heavy rains:

The water temperature will drop significantly, remaining low until you see some sunshine Rain strips up stronger currents, which have the water turn murky, making crappie less visible Covers like fallen trees and brush piles may be destroyed from heavier rains and strong currents With that said, there is some good news to crappie fishing after rainfall. When thunderstorms occur, rains would wash small insects to the water, which can attract crappie back to shallow waters. That's why anglers also like to search for post-storm crappies, attracting schools of them!

This mostly sounds like bad news, doesn't it? It doesn't have to completely be! There are still ways to get around the issues mentioned above. Since crappie is sensitive to changes in the water, you'll simply need to adjust your fishing methods.

Here are ways you can fish for crappie after heavy rainfall

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