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Spring

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LURE PROFILE

Fishing

W I T H M A N I A C L U R E S P R O - S TA F F E R WAY N E C R O W D E R

all know that spring is jig time for the most part, says Maniac pro-staffer Wayne Crowder from Salt Lake City, Utah. Many people say a jig imitates craw- sh, and a lot of them stay in their burrows or out of sight for much of the winter. Especially early in spring, when you start to get the warming trends, the sh will be taking jigs as the forage is wak- ing up and shaking off the winter blues. A big frustration we've all felt this time of year is when they're taking the jig, but not eating it, and you miss a lot of bites. It makes one wonder if maybe the jig trailer is a little too big or too vibrant in action, or it could be a trailer style they've seen thrown at them already. What's nice is Maniac's unique and compact Cut'r Bug. It's 3-1/2 inches, comes in a lot of custom colors, and it doesn't have a whole lot of bulk or any appy appendages, and I nd that will help with the way that sh bite it. They have to engulf it more completely in order to pick it up.

The Cut'r Bug looks like a leech or reaper, but it's made to be split open and the tail actually peels apart, and end up looking like claws apping. The split tails are nice and thin, so they give some good action to your jig. I always like to go with colors that match the hatch, greens and browns and mixtures of that. My favorite kind of jig in the spring is a stand-up jig, especially when a sh is looking at it but doesn't know if he wants to eat it, which you see sh do often in springtime. I like a jig where when it moves around and you let it sit, it can kind of roll up or pop up on them, and Maniac Lures has some good 5/0 stand-up foot- ball head jigs you can dress with your silicone skirts and the split tail Cut'r Bug. It has a ber weedguard if you want, but you can also clip it off for uncom- promised hooksets when you're shing open water.

Many small minnows also make themselves scarce over the winter, and they start to wake up from that slumber and re-enter the food chain on the warmer days of spring. Besides the craw sh- imitating Cut'r Bug, Maniac Lures makes a minnow imitation that looks and swims like a bait sh. It has a slender pro le with a longer body, and a small action tail. It's just something a little dif- ferent as well as a little more lifelike. Watch most minnows, and you'll see they only utter the tips of their tails to swim. I don't know if it's a lure they're not used to seeing, maybe it matches the hatch a little bit better but you get phenomenal strikes on the Maniac Minnow. Even with big sh, the little 2" and 3" Minnows do really well. The 2" is pretty small, but what I've found a lot of times is that bass are going after bait sh that are really small. They may cough up some little 2" to 2-1/2" minnows, and basically that's what I'm trying to mimic. If a sh coughs up a mouthful of those, I'm going to switch to the Maniac Minnow. On a light jighead, it works really well. I like to rig them on a darter head or on at- sided, pointy arrow or minnow-shaped jigheads from 3/16 to 1/4 oz in weight. I've tried other jighead shapes like ballheads, but with this smaller bait, the ball- head is hard to rig it and get the bait to run straight because the bait is so small. Go with the darter head or any pointy, at-sided jighead with a bait this small; it will make it look more natural and help it run straight. It's all about how you rig it, and what I call matching your hardware (jigheads) with your software (plastics) can make all the difference. BW

Fish Like a Maniac!

Cut’r Bugs

1.5”, 2.5”, 3.5”

Paddle tail worms

4”

maniaC salt stiCks

3”, 4”, 5”

minnows

2”, 3”, 6”

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