WHAT IS IT?
Untamed Tackle Breacher Jig
WHAT SETS IT APART?
Heavy cover flipping jigs by broad definition are for fishing in moderately thick cover; they have limitations when it comes to penetrating the gnarliest stuff, especially in summer when vegetation is at full maturity. The Breacher Jig “breaches” thick surface cover like dense logjams and ultra-thick vegetation due to its head that was intentionally designed for that purpose.
Kyle Welcher said the head is designed to fall straight down without any arc. “That’s the biggest thing about a heavy cover jig; you need it to fall straight down into a piece of cover,” he said. “The shape and location of the lead make it do that.”
As a result, the jig builds greater momentum on the fall, causing it to move faster and with more velocity to keep it from hanging up. “Flipping is a very precise technique,” he continued. “You want the jig to land exactly where you want it, like hitting the bull’s-eye of a target, so you get a more precise presentation while getting it faster into the strike zone, which is the bottom.”
The Breacher is armed with a 4/0 Gamakatsu hook ideal for the heavy work. What else makes it different is a skirt made of thinner silicone. “The actual strands of the skirt are half as wide as a standard jig skirt.” Welcher said. “That makes the jig more compact. This creates less drag in the water to make it sink faster and get through cover even better.”
The Breacher also comes equipped with a quad trailer for securing soft plastics to the hook. “A normal keeper has one peg, and this one has four pegs that are spaced out all the way around the jig,” Welcher said. “Your trailer is held in place by four pegs, or four keepers in one, to keep plastics firmly in place, while making them last longer.”
Available in 1/2-, 5/8- and 3/4-ounce sizes.
HOW DO I USE IT?
Welcher by design is a power fisherman, and he adapts that to his style of flipping in heavy cover. He prefers to trim the skirt up to the bottom of the hook, and add a medium-size soft plastic trailer. “Find places where you normally can’t use a heavy cover flipping jig; look for the thickest cover you can find,” Welcher said. Favorite targets are dense logjams and ultra-thick, matted surface vegetation with isolated wood. “Flip it, let the jig fall straight down, make a couple of hops and move on to the next target.
“Keep moving and make a ton of presentations throughout the day,” he said. “This jig is all about maximizing your strike zone percentage.
“You can add more casts to the day; the jig will get to the strike zone faster, and come in and out of the cover easier and faster.”
The Breacher takes your heavy-cover flipping game to another level. “It’s for going fast, covering more water and being more effective with your presentations,” Welcher said.
“This jig fills a gap between my Ace Jig, which couldn’t penetrate ultra-heavy cover,” he said. “Now, this is the only other jig that I need, along with the Ace.”
Welcher pays attention to the smallest detail, and The Breacher was the result of relentless technical refinements to the complete package, from head shape, skirt material, the need for a heavy, stout hook and more in a jig.
“Jigs are becoming more technical to fit specific applications, and this one is the best I’ve come up with for fishing the heaviest cover you can find.”