Use these three tips to make jig modifications like a pro.
The great thing about fishing lures is that you can fish them right out of the package or change them to your liking. Bassmaster Elite Series pro and 2006 Bassmaster Classic Champion Luke Clausen shares three ways he changes his lures, including the jig modifications he makes on the finesse jigs from Dirty Jigs, which are part of his signature series.
1. Trim the Skirt
Like a haircut, this is up to personal preference. Some like long and flowing skirts; others like them short.
“It depends on how the fish are acting, what they are feeding and what type of jig I am using,” says Clausen. He typically trims it to just below the bottom of the hook. This length keeps the jig compact and allows him to add any size of soft plastic trailer he prefers.
2. Cut Back the Weed Guard
Weed guards do a great job of protecting your hook from weeds and wood, but they may also impede the hookset. Clausen trims it slightly and at an angle. This keeps the hook point protected, but helps increase his hookups. Another jig modification he makes at times is thinning out the weed guard. He does this by spreading it out and cutting several fibers to make it less thick.
3. Bend the Hook Out
This tip is something Clausen does for finesse jigs and those fished on light line or open water. “I don’t do this for flipping and pitching jigs because you will hang up much more in cover,” he adds. Bending it out slightly will help increase your chance at landing fish and result in less missed hooksets.
Use these three jig modifications to catch more fish and get the most out of one of the best bass lures on the planet.