Saturday, April 13, 2024



During spring, jigs become a great tool for anglers due to their adaptability in various conditions and depths. This season witnesses a significant transition in fish behavior, prompting a shift towards much more versatile and subtle presentations. Jigs, with their customizable nature, enable anglers to mimic the life-like movements of prey, particularly as aquatic life becomes increasingly active. Effectiveness lies in the ability to modify action and appearance, making them ideal for the fluctuating temperatures and water clarity typical of spring. Anglers can exploit the versatility of jigs by adjusting their retrieval techniques to match the conditions, whether in cold post-winter waters or during the warmer pre-spawn phase. The unique attribute of jigs is their ability to appeal to fish in varying states of activity, from lethargic, cold-water bass to aggressive, pre-spawn feeders. By understanding the local environment and fish habits, anglers can select jigs and soft plastic bait that replicate the natural prey of bass, enhancing attractiveness and success rate. The Newest FreshBaitz Mandingo Trick Worms is the ultimate game-changer for anglers who love fishing! Engineered for the angler who knows SIZE does matter, this lure is designed to attract only the BIGGEST bass with a penchant for the larger bait. The Mandingo Trick Worm boasts a solid 7-inch body enhanced with a hyperactive ribbed design, ensuring irresistible mouth-watering action for those trophy bass. Officially available in a vibrant array of 8 colors. Each worm is made from durable, high-grade Non-Salted plastic for lifelike action and unparalleled durability. Perfectly balanced for a variety of rigging options and scented for total and maximum attraction, the Mandingo Trick Worm promises year-round effectiveness in lakes, rivers, and streams. Whether you’re rigging it on a Shakey Head, Drop Shot, Texas Rig, or Carolina Rig, these worms are your ticket to landing the big ones. Proudly made in the USA by real anglers to help elevate your fishing experience and catch more bass year-round!
In early spring, anglers should focus on the deeper waters, the transitional areas where fish begin their move towards shallower spawning grounds. Jigs are particularly effective during this time due to their ability to be presented in deeper water with precision. The key is to mimic the natural prey that fish are targeting, which often means slower, more deliberate movements to reflect the still-cool water temperatures. Jigs allow for a controlled presentation, enabling anglers to reach those deeper zones where bass are staging before the spawn. Fishing these lures around structures such as drop-offs, ledges, and submerged points can be particularly productive as they are common areas for fish to congregate in early spring. The versatility of jigs means they can be adapted to the conditions, whether that involves using a heavier jig to maintain contact with the bottom in deeper water or altering the rate of fall to match the fish’s activity level. By paying close attention to water temperature and clarity, anglers can adjust their jig selection and presentation accordingly, improving their chances.The newest FreshBaitz Lizard delivers a realistic profile that excels in both power and finesse techniques. Act fact, we just released a new 10w30 Syntheic Lizard color! The unique forward-facing leg design creates drag that holds it in the strike zone longer or produces wild flapping action with every pull of the rod. Additionally, its slightly ribbed solid body and large head hold your hook in place and provide much better weedless performance making it the ideal bait to use in any condition. Water clarity always plays a super big role in color selection but in any season year-round, you can’t miss when using colors such as Watermelon Red, Black & Blue, or Green Pumpkin. Its flexible tail design ensures added movement, tempting even the most cautious fish. The superior 5.5-inch profile stretches to a whole 7 inches which is perfect for predatory fish including bass year round. Each HellaMite is made from long-lasting durable high-grade non-salted plastic for total and maximum attention-grabbing action underwater.
As the season progresses into mid-spring, the water temperatures start to warm, making bass move to shallower pre-spawn areas. This is an ideal time to utilize jigs for their versatility in shallow to intermediate depths. Anglers should concentrate on areas that offer transition points such as secondary drop-offs, creek channels, and sunken structures, where bass are likely to pause during their migration. Jigs can be effectively used to probe these areas, offering a blend of subtlety and directness in presentation that can trigger strikes from fish becoming more aggressive with the warmer temperatures. Adjusting the weight and action of the jig can make it more appealing as fish are more inclined to chase a lure. It’s important to experiment with different retrieval speeds, from slow drags to quick hops, to match the increasing activity level of the bass. Mid-spring presents dynamic fishing conditions, and the adaptability of jigs allows anglers to cover various depths and structures efficiently. The aim is to mimic the movements of prey items like crawfish.We use our Fresh Scorpion because it closely imitates a crawfish. Our newest 10w30 Synthetic , Slimer Green, and Barbie Pink Scorpion colors work wonders in the spring. The Scorpion is a revolutionary new look to soft plastics. Its intricate detailing and texture mimic the nuances of a real crawfish, making it hard for bass to resist. Of course, water clarity always plays a role in color selection but in any season, you can’t miss using colors such as Green Pumpkin Seed, Brown Bark, Magneto. This bait not only appears natural to fish but gives them something to become curious about. The Scorpion paired with a stand-up jig is deadly because the jig actually sits the bait upright in a defensive stance. The subtle color variations across the bait further enhance its appeal, mimicking the natural color shifts found in live prey. Each Fresh Scorpion has a unique and exclusive 3-axis tail design that is engineered like no other soft plastic bait. Our Scorpions are made from high-grade non-salt plastic to provide superior life-like action-triggering strikes!
During the spawn and immediate post-spawn periods, bass behavior shifts significantly, making this a critical time for tailored jig presentations. As fish move shallow to build nests, anglers can use jigs to target visible fish with precise, non-intrusive casts. The key is to present the jig in a manner that entices protective bass, often requiring a more finesse approach. Post-spawn, as fish recover and guard their fry, jigs can again be utilized effectively around cover such as docks, submerged vegetation, and other structures where bass may seek refuge. The versatility of jigs allows anglers to adjust size, color, and presentation to match the conditions and the particular stage of spawn. Anglers should focus on making subtle movements with the jig to mimic vulnerable prey, enticing strikes from guarding or recovering bass. During this time, it’s essential to respect the reproductive process and handle fish carefully, ensuring their safe return to the water. Jig fishing in the spawn and post-spawn periods demands sensitivity to the fish’s protective instincts.Each Fresh HellaMite is scented for complete and total attraction underwater along with being made in the USA by real fishermen just like you. Our newest 10w30 Synthetic HellaMite color is a must-have. We also just released new eye-catching colors including the Slimer Green and Barbie Pink HellaMite. Act fast, these colors won’t stay in stock for long. If you’re fast enough you can also grab our seasonal limited-release Pumpkin Spice HellaMite along with the Money HellaMite. We also recently restocked our Red Bug, Purple Rain, Brown BugElectric Chicken, and Goby Wan colors for those who’ve been waiting. Take this time to stock up! The HellaMite’s solid body and hyperactive ribbed tail design produce a life-like quivering action with every twitch of the rod. Additionally, its unique flat underbelly detail enables this bait to be fished as a drop shot, Ned rig, neko rig, and even a small Carolina-rig, making it the ideal bait in any condition. When the water is clear, the fish can see the bait more clearly and is more likely to look like real food, increasing strikes.  
The spring season is known for its unpredictable weather, and cold fronts can dramatically affect fish behavior. When a cold front passes, water temperatures can drop suddenly, making bass lethargic and less likely to chase bait. During these times, jigs become an invaluable tool due to their ability to be fished slowly and methodically. Anglers should focus on areas where bass may retreat, such as deeper water adjacent to spawning flats or within dense cover. A slow, deliberate jig presentation can entice these inactive fish, as it mimics an easy meal. It’s essential to maintain contact with the bottom and make subtle movements with the jig, as exaggerated actions are less likely to be successful under these conditions. Anglers should also consider downsizing their jigs to make them more appealing to finicky fish. Patience is crucial when fishing after a cold front; successful jig fishing during this time often involves waiting for the fish to come to the lure rather than actively seeking them out. By understanding how a cold front affects bass behavior, anglers can properly adjust their jigging technique to continue catching fish.Our Fresh Beetle delivers ultimate versatility in a soft plastic bait. Its slim yet wide body design and four claws are engineered to naturally glide and wobble as it moves through the water. This design ensures they remain enticingly active longer than conventional baits. Its unique texture also provides a realistic feel, making bass hold on longer once they bite. Water clarity plays a big role in color selection but year-round you can’t miss when using go-to colors such as Chocolate MintOx Blood, or 10w30 Synthetic beetles. The hyper-active swimming claws are designed thin with long-lasting durable non-salt plastic to make them come alive with the slightest movement. The Fresh Beetle offers an enticing 4-inch profile and is scented for complete and total attraction! You can rig these Beetles as a Jig/ Chatter Trailer, Flippin/ Punching, Texas Rig, Swing Jig, and Carolina Rig. Making the beetle beyond perfect in any weather condition year-round!
Selecting the proper colors can significantly impact your fishing success throughout the spring season. The key is to match the jig to the prevailing water conditions and forage types. In murky or stained waters, brighter or darker-colored jigs can provide the necessary contrast to attract bass. Conversely, in clearer waters, more natural, subdued colors can be more effective as they closely resemble the fish’s natural prey. Anglers should consider the primary forage in the area, such as crawfish or baitfish, and select jig colors that mimic these food sources. Seasonal changes, such as the blooming of aquatic vegetation or the clearing of winter runoff, can also influence the effectiveness of certain colors. Experimentation is often necessary, as the subtle differences between shades can be the key to eliciting strikes on a given day. By paying attention to the details and adjusting color choices based on conditions and observations, anglers can improve their jig fishing outcomes. Understanding the local ecosystem and the visual acuity of bass can guide anglers in making informed decisions ultimately leading to more strikes.Using a stick-styled worm is the most tried and true ways to catch fish. We have a wide variety of 5-inch Worms to choose from. You can experience our new wacky rigging kit while it’s ON SALE! The WACKY Pack offers our most popular colors and essential tools, featuring 24 high-quality worms in the popular Green Pumpkin, Watermelon Red, and Black & Blue, alongside four precision-crafted Owner Wacky Hooks 1/8oz. If you’re fast enough you might be able to grab the limited-release Pumpkin Spice Worm before it’s completely sold out along with our newest Brown Worm, Electic Chicken Worm, and Goby Wan Worm colors. The high-grade non-salt plastic they’re made from provides positive buoyancy and it even floats underwater! We also just recently released new 6-inch Worms that catch some trophy bass. CharmeleonRainbow TRTBoneChocolate Mint, and Fire TGR are all available in 5 and 6-inch. We’ve also recently released new 8-count packs of worms available in Watermelon RedBlack & Blue, and Green Pumpkin. We also offer worms that have the unique ability to shift from one color to another. Each Fresh Worm is scented for complete and total attraction underwater.
Practicing ethical fishing, particularly during the spring season, is crucial for the sustainability of fish populations. As bass move into shallower waters to spawn, anglers have a responsibility to handle fish with care and respect their reproductive processes. When using jigs, it’s important to ensure quick and safe releases, particularly for spawning fish, to minimize disruption to their nesting activities. Employing barbless hooks or practicing proper hook-set techniques can reduce harm to the fish and facilitate a smoother release process. Anglers should be mindful of their impact on the water and surrounding environment, avoiding sensitive spawning areas when possible. The practice of catch and release, especially during the critical spawning period, ensures that bass populations remain healthy and abundant for future generations. Educating fellow anglers about the importance of conservation and ethical fishing practices can help preserve the sport for years to come. By adopting a conservation-minded approach, anglers can enjoy the challenges and rewards of using jigs to catch bass in spring.We have a wide variety of terminal tackle to choose from. For Scorpions, we love to use the Stand-Up Jig because it sits your bait up-right in a defensive stance! The Owner All Purpose Hook is built with an extra-wide gap and is made to accommodate a wide range of soft plastics and can be paired with weights for excellent jig fishing along with the Mosquito Hooks which work best for drop-shotting and are perfectly designed to better accommodate a wide range of different soft plastics. The Block Head Jig is perfect for ned rigging the HellaMite with its mushroom-style head that seamlessly matches a wide variety of soft plastics such as lizards and worms. The Shakey Ultrahead can permanently secure baits by inserting the pin in the center and screwing the twist lock coil spring for perfect rigging every time! The Ultrahead Wacky Jig features precise weight positioning and hook orientation for the ultimate wacky presentations. For fast Texas rigging, we use the Bullet-Type Rig which has an attached weight saving you pressure time when fishing cover. The 4x Jungle Flippin Hook is designed for the biggest fish.

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