Hackney's utilitarian swim strategy


David A. Brown

Greg Hackney goes in depth on how he simplifies his swim jig set up.

Greg Hackney appreciates options, but he’s also a fan of simplicity, especially when it comes to his swim jig tactics. A true utility player, this narrow-nosed jig is made to navigate just about any type of cover and play any role — it just takes a game plan based on functionality. 

Case in point, Hackney’s namesake Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Swim Jig comes in 1/4-, 3/8- and 1/2-ounce sizes, but the Elite pro from Gonzales, La., says he can do just about everything he needs to do with that middle option.

“It’s a really user-friendly size,” Hackney said of the 3/8-ounce swim jig. “It casts good, and it’s easy for me to fish it shallow and mid-depths. It’s just an efficient size for casting, pitching or skipping.”

Essential to shallow water operation, a collared Perfect Skirt flares broadly and helps keep the bait up higher in the water column.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m able to fish extremely shallow with a 3/8-ounce jig, even in colder water when I need to reel the bait slow,” Hackney notes. “(A swim jig) is as effective on fish in 40-degree water as it is on a fish in 90-degree water.”

That being said, considering the bait’s reputation as a nearly year-round option (weather and water body depending), Hackney’s keen on assigning that bait different roles. To accomplish various missions, he simply manipulates the running depth by varying the trailer.