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Tight line em

Mike Iaconelli

This time were going to talk a little about tight lining an aspirin head jig. Its a great way to use your electronics in cold weather to catch huge numbers of bass.

Heres how I do it:

Cold water bass tend to suspend, and theres no tougher bite than that. So what I do is move around likely spots watching my SONAR until I find a school of suspended bass.

When I find them I drop a VMC Neon Moon Eye jig straight down off the bow of the boat. With quality electronics you can actually watch it drop down to the fish.

VMC Neon Moon Eye Jig Head
VMC Neon Moon Eye Jig Head

Depth is critical. Make sure your bait is right in the middle of them or slightly above them. Dont drop it below them. They tend to feed up in cold water when theyre suspended.

My choice of a Moon Eye is based on a couple of factors. First, its perfectly balanced and it has a 90 degree line tie off the top of the head. That lets it hold perfectly horizontal as it falls and when I try to hold it steady at a specific depth. Another thing is that it isnt dressed so I can add any trailer I want to it.

It comes in three sizes. I prefer the middle size 3/8-ounce because its the most versatile. But, whats most important is that your size matches the hatch. Dont be afraid to go down or up in size and weight if that comes closer to matching the forage in your lake or river.

I select my color with the same thing in mind. Whatever matches the local forage is my favorite, at least for that day, hour and place.

Berkley Powerbait Maxscent Flatnose Minnow
Berkley Powerbait Maxscent Flatnose Minnow

Choosing a trailer isnt much different. Something that looks local is what you should be looking to do every day you go fishing. My personal choice as far as shape and size are concerned is usually a Berkley Powerbait Maxscent Flatnose Minnow.

Its 4 inches long which is about in the middle when it comes to forage size and it has a split tail that moves just like the real thing. Its flat nose is great, too. Its a real help when it comes to rigging the plastic straight and holding it horizontal in the water.

This is a finesse presentation so I go with spinning tackle all the way.

Abu Garcia IKE Finesse Series Spinning Rod & Abu Garcia REVO IKE Spinning Reel
Abu Garcia IKE Finesse Series Spinning Rod & Abu Garcia REVO IKE Spinning Reel

My rod is an Abu Garcia medium action IKE Finesse Series model. I like the 7 foot length. Youre going to hold your rod out, off the bow of the boat so length is important. If youre short, go with the 6 foot, 10 inch medium light model. The lighter action wont make that much difference. If youre especially tall, go up to the 7 foot, 2 inch length in the medium action model.

I like a 30 size reel Abu Garcia REVO IKE spooled with Berkley X5 Braided Line and a 2 or 3 foot leaded make with Berkley Trilene 100 percent Fluorocarbon in either 8 or 10-pound-test.

Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon,10 lb.
Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon,    10 lb.

Fishing a tight line aspirin head rig is simple. Drop it on an open spool down to where the fish are and then hold it perfectly still. Thats all there is to it.

Now, Im messing with you a little when I tell you to hold it perfectly still. You cant do that. No one can. Your hand, arm, boat, wind and current will always create a tiny bit of movement, and thats exactly what you want in cold water not too much, not too little.

Give the tight line rig a try this winter. You wont be disappointed with the results.


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By: Mike Iaconelli
Title: Tight line em
Sourced From: blog.mikeiaconelli.com/2020/01/tight-line-em/
Published Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2020 04:25:00 +0000

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