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Southern Crossover Tactic: Big Hair Jigs for Northern Bass

Part of the fun of fishing is adopting dominate tactics from different places and having success on your home waters. Wired2Fish video producer Kyle Peterson learned how to fish big ‘preacher-style’ hair jigs with colleague Jason Sealock on Kentucky Lake ( and liked the system so much that he took it back to Minnesota where it’s been an impressive producer; largemouth, smallmouth and pike find the profile and natural action irresistible, yet the system hasn’t caught on widely yet.

Kyle shares how he fishes oversized hair jigs in northern tier states, largely relying on a fast reel retrieve for pulsing the bait forward, and interspersed pauses to create a pendulum motion. The pauses are also used to manage depth of retrieve and maintain bottom contact if fish are relating to it. The lure performs best in hard bottom areas as the exposed hook tends to fowl in the grass. Like a jig weighted swimbait, hair jigs can be fished at a variety of depths – determine the jig fall rate and depth fish are positioned, then make a long cast and countdown to the target depth.

-Jenko Fishing “Big Wig” Magnum Hair Jig:
-Team Lew’s Custom Pro Speed Spool SLP Casting Reel:
-Megabass Orochii F5-72XX Diablo Spec-R:
-Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon Line, 15lb:
-Lund 1875 Pro-V Bass:
-T-H Marine KVD Kong Electronics Mount:
-Mercury VERADO 200 hp:
-Minn Kota Talon Shallow Water Anchors, 12′:
-Minn Kota Fortrex Bow Mount Trolling Motor:

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6 thoughts on “Southern Crossover Tactic: Big Hair Jigs for Northern Bass

  1. have you been living under a rock?!? hate to be the one to tell ya, but hair jigs been around for many years lol… you bass guys think you are so slick sometimes, where you been at?!? LMAO

  2. What kind of water clarity is ideal for hair jigs? I have a few but feel like it's a clear water deal.

  3. Makes complete sense because I fish for largies with a big fly tied with deer hair and craft fur almost weekly.

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