The coolest bass rigs you aren't throwing

Owner Jig Rig

The new Jig Rig (­www.own­­er­hooks.com) gives soft plastic lures a different action that can make a difference on heavily pressured lakes. It consists of a free-swinging, teardrop-shaped sinker attached to a ring on the eye of an extra wide gap, Z-lock shoulder bend, offset Owner hook. The sinker keeps the weight ahead of the lure and allows the bait to pivot freely as it falls. This provides multiple benefits.

First, the weight’s location allows the bait to fall perfectly vertically, its shape can penetrate cover easily and it’s more weedless. Furthermore, the soft plastic bait pivots independently, providing an action you don’t get with traditional Texas rigged plastics. If you pull it horizontally over the bottom, the bait will swim side-to-side above the sinker – another action the bass don’t see routinely. You can rig it with just about any type of plastic and still get a unique action from it, says Elite pro Byron Velvick, who really likes it for bedding bass.

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“Bedding bass see so many things, yet this gives them a whole different look,” he explains. “With the way the sinker is positioned, floating soft plastics will dive nose down with the tail of the bait up. It will resemble a creature trying to feast on the eggs, and bass can’t stand that.” Although he hasn’t tried it, Velvick suspects it would be equally dangerous on smallmouth in the Great Lakes, where gobies are present.

“If you look at how a goby hovers above the rocks, you can put a goby colored tube on and wreck the smallies,” he expects. “Another thing: If you pause the bait, it will move subtly in the natural currents of a lake, which makes it look even more realistic.” The Jig Rig casts like a bullet because the weight cuts through the wind. It’s offered in sizes 3/16 and 1/4 ounce and comes in a variety of hook sizes. It’s available with tungsten or lead weights. The weights can be removed and added to the split ring without retying the bait.

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