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Regarding color, I change up on colors constantly depending on the lake and time of the year. It seems often the HOT color on one lake is not the HOT color on the next lake. At least that is my experience (for all presentations, not just jigs).

Best bet is to have a lot of colors on-hand and use the process of elimination... If your getting light bites and short hooks, sometimes a slight change in color is all it takes for them to start inhaling the bait.

Blue/black is probably the most popular jig combination color. I like to use natural colors a lot (especially in clear water), often a brown shade jig and a brown trailer.

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A jig is a hard lure to master. Black/Blue is a real good choice, but the most important thing is to keep one tied on your line and work with it. The more fish you catch the more your confidence will rise. I think that having confidence is VERY important to the success you have on the water.

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I can't catch bass on jig and pigs lately and I was just wondering why. Would like to know where they work best and what color works best and what time of year to use them.

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Early in the season I've had my best luck using jigs. I go smaller on size than what most guys use. I like to use 1/8 and even 1/16 ounce jigs with plastic Berkley Power Craw trailers (Strike King Bitsy Jigs are what I like to use, but there are a ton of good jigs on the market). Keep it small and you get that slow drop that they really seem to like. Early in the year is always good for a nice slow jig presentation. I prefer to use jigs on rock bottom. This is just a technique/application that I have confidence in. I feel that it matches what they are accustomed to feeding on in the rocks - crawfish.

When the fish are more agressive and either deep or under mats, you can use a larger jig 3/8 - 1 oz. size and drop it down through the foil mats... The heavy jig does 2 things. It allows you to punch down through thick vegetation mats (where it is often more open underneath) and it gives the fish less time to look over the bait, often provoking a reaction bite.

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