Welcome to the Dragon Custom Tackle buyers guide!
In the world of bass fishing, the amount of tackle available is endless. If you are a new angler, this can be extremely overwhelming. Whether you're a beginner, or have been in the game for a while, the goal of this guide is to help you narrow down the best colors and styles that suit your fishing. This will be a lengthy guide, but I promise you will learn some new information!
I offer several different kinds of baits and colors, and I will break them down individually. First up we have the:
The football jig is named after the shape of the head. Which is, you got it, a football. This bait is used a ton by anglers fishing off shore, or on ledges. It is designed to be dragged on the bottom, imitating a crawfish, or possibly even a baitfish. It all depends on the skirt color and trailer. The possibilities are endless. The football jig shines on hard bottom structure, such as gravel, shell beds, chunk rock, or sparse rocks. It is not ideal for large boulders, as it can get hung up easily. But if you can locate deep water rocks, this bait will get the job done. Football jigs are for the most part a finesse technique. They typically feature a lighter wire hook for easy hook penetration on long casts. When fishing a football jig deep, a hard "over the shoulder" hookset will not be enough. You need to do a sweeping hookset, while reeling. That way the light, extra sharp hook will pin the fish. I recommend fishing a Dragon Custom Tackle football jig, on 12-15lb fluorocarbon line. Unlike braid, fluorcarbon has great abrasion resistance, so using it around rocks, or other coarse objects, will allow you to fish and not chew up your line. For rod pairings, I would use a medium heavy power, with a moderate-fast, to fast action. Next up, we have the:
So what is so special about the Arky jig? Some people call it a casting jig, other call it an Arky, or some may call it a flipping jig. So what is it? It's all of the above. The Arky jig is the jack of all trades, master of none. If you want to drag it, swim it, pitch it, or stroke it, you can. This jig features an "oval" head shape, which allows it to be so useful. It can slide through timber very well, but it can also stay upright when dragging. Want to pitch it into some tulle's or sparse vegetation? Go for it! It is a very versatile jig type, and if you could only buy one jig, this is the one to get. I recommend fishing the arky jig on anywhere from 15 to 25lb fluorocarbon, or 50-65lb braid. If you plan to fish docks, timber, or other hard cover, go with fluoro. If you plan to fish this in grass, pads, and other vegetation, use the braid. The harshness of the cover will dictate your line weight. If it's heavy junk, go heavy line. If it's more sparse, you can bump it down a bit. It features an ultra sharp, and ultra strong hook, so when you crack the whip, the fish ain't comin' off! For rod pairings, I would use something in the medium heavy power up to a heavy power rod, with a fast action. Next up the:
The only way to describe the flipping jig is: Beast. This jig is the ultimate heavy cover tool. If you're faced with thick timber, a large dock system, or just general nasty junk, this is the jig to use. It has an incredibly stout hook, that is razor sharp. The flat, horizontal line tie allows it to slip around the cover. Paired with a thick weed guard, this jig will get into the cover, and yank the fish out. I recommend only the strongest line for this thing. 20-25lb fluorocarbon, or 65lb braid. For rod pairings, I'd use a Mag Medium Heavy up to a heavy power, moderate-fast, to fast action.
Those jigs listed above are the "meat and potatoes" of jigs. There are plenty of various options within those categories, but that's a topic for another day. Next up we have the specialty jigs.
Bladed jigs, or chatterbaits, as some call them, are extremely popular in today's bass fishing. The Dragon Custom Tackle Jäger, pictured above, features a ball bearing swivel which allows for extreme erratic action. The rotation of the bearing causes the bait to randomly jolt and dart at random times. Many people match the forage in their lakes. Whether it's shad, bluegill, bream, or craws. Though going to a tried and true color like black and blue also works wonders. Bladed jigs are extremely deadly around docks, rocky areas, as well as vegetation. They don't work too well in timber, simply due to their tendency to get hung up. However if you are careful, you can generate some extremely violent strikes. I'd recommend 12-17lb fluorocarbon line, or 40-65lb braid, if you're fishing vegetation. Next up:
The Swim Jig. A killer.. pretty much anywhere. From grass, to open water, it can get huge bites. The name is simple. Swim it back to you. With a properly matched trailer, the skirt will pulse on it's own. However if you want to pop it or twitch it, you may. Sometimes that quick dart is all it takes for bassquatch to react. Many people use paddle tailed swimbaits for trailers, but it's also good to think outside the box, and maybe use a craw trailer, or even a double tail grub. One tip for swim jigs is try them after the morning topwater bite dies down. If you are slamming them on the top, and they suddenly stop hitting them, toss a swim jig as a follow up. Line choice is very broad. You can use 12-25lb fluorocarbon, or 65lb braid. The choice is up to you. If it's a heavy wire hook, definitely go with heavier line. But if the jig is equipped with a lighter hook, downsize your line accordingly.
The amount of colors available is, to put it simply, insane. There are so many variations of every color that it can be totally overwhelming. With this portion of the guide, I hope I can help you break down colors for jigs, so you can keep a simple, but effective selection of jigs in your box. Water clarity is very important when it comes to choosing a color, so I'll go over the ideal color selection for different waters.
When it comes to down to basic jig colors, some of the most common ones are Black and Blue, Green Pumpkin, white, and black. From there, you have countless variations of those colors.
For stained/dirty water colors such as black and blue are ideal. The dark colors create a silhouette, which allow the bass to detect them. A common accent, and a personal favorite of mine is chartreuse strands within the black and blue.
Alternatively, a white jig with chartreuse creates contrast in the water. Both silhouetting and contrasting colors work exceptionally well in stained water, and it comes down to personal choice.
For clear water most people stick to colors such as green pumpkin, brown, shad patterns. When it comes to accent colors, orange, red, and blue are very common. Colors such as Green Pumpkin Orange, Falcon Lake Craw, or Molting Craw. These types of colors typically mimic crawfish, which is a very common forage to imitate. Especially if you're fishing in rocky areas. However, the beauty of clear water is colors such as Black and Blue also work very well. The reason being is darker colors aren't overpowering, or unnatural. There are hundreds upon hundreds of crawfish species, and each one is unique in its own way. Same with bait/panfish. Each one is different, so as long as you're not using crazy colors like Cotton Candy Acid Trip, darker colors, or contrasting colors will work in clear water.
The best way to choose is to identify the local forage in your particular body of water. If you're unable to find out, a great all around color to use is Green Pumpkin, or Green Pumpkin Orange. Those two colors alone can mimic craw fish, or bluegill, so it's a very popular choice among bass anglers.
So with that said, here's a list of common base colors, then below that will be a list of common accent colors. You can mix and match anything for the best of both worlds
- Black and Blue
- Green Pumpkin
For accents, you are typically going for some extra detail, so you don't want too much of it. When you look at bluegill or crawfish that have secondary colors, they are typically on the end of the claws or tails. So it's best to keep accent colors minimal. Some of the most popular ones are as follows
Color selection tends to be an overly complicated things for many anglers. Many anglers buy what is attractive to them, and I am plenty guilty of that as well. When it comes to buying Dragon Custom Tackle jigs, I would stock up on the following. 1) Black and Blue,2) Green Pumpkin Orange 3) Molting Craw, 4) Bama Bug/Da Purp. These colors work in every body of water across the country. All of my colors are designed to catch fish, and not the angler. However if you're just starting out, I would recommend sticking to those 4 colors I named above. If you're a more experienced angler, and know exactly what you want, you can expand into the other, more specific color patterns I offer.
This concludes the buyers guide, and I hope I answered any questions you may have had. If you have any further questions or suggestions, feel free to reach out!
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