How To Fish A Spider Jig (Hula Grub) | Bass Fishing

Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com.
Today, I’m going to talk to you about fishingthe Hula Grub. Great bait for smallmouth fishing.
This is a bread and butter bait. If you’refishing for smallies, this is an awesome bait
to use. What’s we’re going to do is I’m goingto show you a little bit about how to rig
it, how to use it, and then we’re going totake you out on the water and we’re going
to go fish it. I’ve just got this rigged on a ball head
jig that very straight forward. I’m not fishingthis in any cover or anything, just open water,
not a whole lot of rocks and stuff so I’mgoing to be fishing that ball head jig. Football
head jig works just as well. It actually worksreally well if you’re fishing a lot of rocks
and stuff. It doesn’t get hung up as much. If you want, you can get jig heads with a
wire guard on it. That will prevent weedswill get hung up in there if you’re fishing
a little bit of weeds or a little bit of woodycover. It’ll help prevent some of those hang
ups. But that’s it. Just a ball head jig ora football head, perfect for those situations
for fishing this bait. I’m using an eighth-ounce jig head. That’s
a good starter. You can go a quarter-ounce,a three-eighth-ounce, any more than that’s
a little too heavy. A lot of the bites comeon the fall, so you want a slow fall, so an
eighth-ounce is perfect for that. I’m using six-pound fluorocarbon line on this.
Nice, clear line. It’s got good sensitivityon it. I can feel that since we’re using this
on slack line, you need that sensitivity,so fluorocarbon line is what we’re using today.
Six-pound test. Because it’s a real light-wirehook here, we don’t want to get too heavy
on that. Don’t want to use heavy line. A lightline also allows this bait to fall freely.
It’s not going to inhibit the action of it. But also we want to make sure that we match
it with the right rod. So this rod is a medium/lightaction rod spinning outfit. That’s what we’re
going to be using today. Don’t use anythingheavier than that. A medium/heavy action rod
is too much. You might end up breaking theline or straightening out the hook during
the hooks out of the fight back to the boat. So medium/light action’s got plenty of give.
It’s got good backbone still to fight thatfish and set that hook. All right, so that’s
the gear we’re going to be using. Now let’sgo out and fish it. All right. So with the Hula Grub, it’s very
simple to fish, actually. All you’re goingto do is cast it out there and pay real close
attention while the bait is dropping. Youwant to fall on a completely slack line. So
when you’re doing that, it’s really hard todetect the bite. The only way you’re going
to know is by watching the line where it entersthe water. So you want to see if that line
twitches, jumps, pops, moves, if it startsto peel off faster than it was, just anything
different that you didn’t cause, it’s probablya fish. So first thing you want to do is cast it out
there, and that’s what I’m going to do. I’mgoing to cast it out here and watch that line.
I’m just going to flip the bail over, bringthe rod tip down so I’m ready to set the hook,
and watch that line carefully. I’m watchingit fall, watching it fall, watching it fall.
Okay, and it hit the bottom. And the reasonI know it hit the bottom is the line just
stopped moving and it went slack. Okay. Now what we’re going to do is we’re
going to lift that, reel down to it and justlift it up the bottom, and let it fall again
on slack line. Only this time, if you watch,I’m going to bring the rod tip down about
the same speed as the bait is falling, andI’m going to reel up that slack. I still want
that bait to fall straight down, but here,I’m going to maintain contact with it. This
is what some people refer to as a semi-slackline. The reason you want to do that is because
a lot of times, the bite happens on the fall,or when you lift up on it, sometimes that’s
when it’ll hit. They’ll watch it sit on the bottom, you lift
it up, and suddenly they’ll just grab it. Come here, good. I want to show your face.
Come here. It’s a good fish. These smalliessure fight hard. All right, come here. Come
here. Oh, good size fish here. All right. That’s all the Hula Grub. It’s the kind of
fish you’re going to catch with this bait. Yeah, moving along the bottom, I just sit
and let it sit down there, and when I liftit up, that’s when he popped it. Let him go.
There we go. All right. Now. So just pay realclose attention when you do that stuff because
they’ll just lift a hint, he never thumpedit. I didn’t feel a tap tap or anything. You
just lifted it up and grabbed it right whenI started picking it up off the bottom. Throw it back out there, and I’ll show you
one other way to do the retrieve. So thatone was you lift it up, let it drop on slack
line. Again, I’m watching the bait. Here,though, this time we want to drag it on the
bottom. It’s like, you want to imitate a bait,you know, a fish that’s feeding off the bottom
or a crawdad. Like a sculpin or somethinglike that or a crawdad. So all you’re going
to do is keep the rod tip pointed down, andyou’re just going to crawl it on the bottom.
Just reel it, move it with your rod tip, reelup the slack, keep your rod tip down so you’re
ready to set the hook, and just move it. And if you notice, when I set the hook. You
know, I didn’t set the hook that hard on thatfish. You have an exposed hook, it’s a light-wire
hook, I won’t use a six-pound test so youdon’t have to set it really hard. Not at all.
And you’ll have that fish. And those are thebasic ways to fish it. Another way I’d like to do this, you know,
I’ll throw this out there, past the back ofthe boat, and I’ll give it an extra couple
10, 15 feet of line, and I’ll just drag italong the bottom using the trolling motor.
I’ll drag it along maybe, set the trollingmotor about 10, 20, drag it along and just
cover in deep water. Great way to fish particularlyin the winter, or in the summertime when the
fish are holding off on drops, ledges, creekchannels, when they’re fishing, when they’re
holding off on rock humps. Anything like thatduring the winter or the summer time, that’s
what you want to fish and just drag it alongthe bottom. And a lot of times, the fish will
just pick it up right up off the bottom. Greatway to fish. All right?Anyway, those are the different ways to fish
this bait. You can see what kind of fish itcaught, like the one I just caught. You’re
going to have a whole heck of a lot of funwith this. For more tips and tricks like that,
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