Come again? Yes, that’s the name, and it makes sense … Read on.
The technique he described sounded strange and, indeed, was a bit unorthodox. But Tab Walker had led me to new baits and big fish before!
Walker has taken a dizzying number of giant bass from Newton Lake, one of the premier big-bass factories of the Upper Midwest. Still, the man waxed bug-eyed as he rhapsodized about the technique he had perfected over the past two seasons.
“I call it ‘Biggin’,’” said Walker, Newton Lake guide and owner of the Outdoor Sportsman’s Lodge. “The name’s a blend of its elements—the Boing G1 lure and a ‘jigging ‘ style of presentation. I put the two together and came up with ‘Biggin’,’ which also describes what we will be catching—big ‘uns!”
Fishing for bass from late pre-spawn through spawn and post-spawn is a time of excitement and frustration. Reaching fish can be difficult; getting them to bite tougher yet!
Walker’s Biggin’ technique bucks the odds on all fronts:
- He uses a great walking bait when lovelorn bass are in no mood to chase.
- He often throws the Boing into areas too small and tight to work.
- He does almost nothing…barely moves the bait at all!
The key to the Spook-like Boing is its rattle system, which consists of a small bead suspended in the body. It wobbles, giving off subtle sound and vibration even when the lure is at rest.
And rest or subtle movement is what most of our presentation consisted of! We pitched, waited, watched…the Boing’s bead pulsing like a heartbeat, its feathered treble hook gently pulsing and swaying with hypnotic persistence.
All but two of our first nine fish were between four and six pounds. Yet most hits were as delicate and subtle as a trout sipping a dry fly!
We found bass near heavy cover—a mix of emergent reed-like cogon grass, submerged vegetation that grew nearly to the surface, and wood. Often we targeted tiny pockets back in the grass, barely large enough to fit the lure. We tried to land the lure with as little disturbance as possible.
“I am jig pitching the Boing softly, quietly into places that you wouldn’t normally throw a topwater bait,” Walker explained. “It’s just incredible. It gets big fish to strike when they might not normally bite anything!
“When it is really happening, they just can’t resist. It gets in there where they are living…gets in there right over their heads, and it actually turns them on, makes them mad! They come up and eat it even when they don’t really want it.”
Find more tips on tackle and technique’s on Mike Pehanich’s SmallWatersFishing.com!