Over the course of my professional fishing career, I've taken a few swings. I've swung for the fences, and I've swung and missed.
This open-water season, I plan to get in the swing by adding a new dimension to my jig-fishing arsenal with Do-It Corporation's new line of swing jigs.
Developed primarily to enhance the popular swim jig presentations bass anglers are using with great success these days, I see applications that could be home runs in my walleye and even crappie fishing pursuits, too.
Do-It's Football Swing Jig is a football-style head available in sizes from 1/8th-ounce to 1 1/4th ounces. It's design allows a free-swinging hook behind the head that can be dressed with all types of plastics or even live bait.
The head style helps the jig bounce off rocks and snags. The size range allows anglers to get it into places where other lures aren't practical. The free-swinging hook adds action and the ability to easily change plastics, while also giving the angler more leverage once a fish is hooked which, in turn, improves the odds of landing that fish.
"It's another plastic presentation that can be fished in a lot of the same places as crankbaits," notes Jerry Van Sickle, product development manager for Do-It and an avid bass angler. "You can maintain bottom contact or you can fish it at faster speeds. You can bounce it off cover and it gets a little more radical and enticing action. And you can probe those deeper ledges where a lot of times those post-spawn bass show up in 20-plus feet of water."
So why not other species? In particular, I see some situations where it's going to be a major plus in my walleye fishing everywhere from lakes and reservoirs to rivers.
I'm looking forward to dragging Swing Jigs downstream on the Mississippi or Missouri rivers for those situations where the fish are stuck to the bottom and not very aggressive. I am confident that a Swing Jig tipped with a Berkley Power Bait Rib Worm, Twitchtail Minnow or a variety of other options will trigger those fish. If not, maybe tipping that Swing Jig with a crawler or leech will do the trick.
I can also see situations where trolling big Swing Jigs as droppers on three-way rigs will be a difference-maker. It's a presentation most of use at some point in the season, but we've always done it with traditional jigs tipped with plastic or live bait. Now we can give that dropper more action and more variety than ever.
It's exciting to consider all the possibilities.
I can't wait to get in the swing.