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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:16 AM 03/20/06 (CST)

HI group, I have been reading a lot of good stuff on how to catch Bass. And I came across these Uncle Josh Pork. Is this any good, and if so how do you fish the ones you like?


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:34 PM 03/20/06 (CST)


THIS item from the unclejosh.com website is what you would put on a Bass Jig as a trailer. A lot of times it will be called a 'jig and pig' setup. It gives your jig a frog legs like look .. at least to me.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:03 PM 03/20/06 (CST)
Those pork things are basically wiggly bits to attract those big ugly bucketmouths.

The thing is...largemouth bass are one of the stupidest critters ever to swim in the water. When they're of a mind to eat, they'll eat just about anything that moves near them.

An old pork rind has been a standard bass bait since your great-great-grandfather was dangling a hook in the water. It wiggles...therefore it catches bass.

The entire trick to bass fishing is to figure out when the bass want to eat, then drag some wiggly, shiny, or squirmy thing near them. If you do that, they'll eat it...guaran-darn-teed.

The entire artificial bass bait industry is aimed at attracting fishermen, not bass, quite frankly. And I'm their best customer. I just spent about three hours going through the new baits for this year. Darn they're pretty! Bought a nice bunch of them, and then had to buy a new 5-tray tackle bag to put 'em in. After that, I walked past a display of darned pretty rods and reels, so I had to buy one of those, too. Never mind that I have 4 tackle boxes already full of baits and more rods and reels than I can put in my boat.

Since it's been winter-time (more or less) forever, I've also bought several books telling me how to use all those baits and have read them all religiously.

Come the bass opener, I'll be out there...throwing the same spinnerbait that caught most of my bass last year. Cost $1.99 at Mills Fleet Farm, and it just kills bass. Northerns like it too.

All those pretty new crankbaits I just bought? I'll dunk 'em in the lake a few times, I'm sure. Then I'll get my chartreuse spinnerbait, with the two willow blades (silver), with the little red filaments among the chartreuse, and catch some more bass.

Someday, when I'm dead and gone, my heirs will sell all those pretty baits on eBay and get rich. They'll be classics, then, and fetch more than I paid for them. The ones I never took out of the box will do the best...

It's time to go fishing, dadgumit!


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:01 PM 03/20/06 (CST)
I always go back to spinner baits. Incidentally I went through Wally World's fishing department today.. they had a bulk box of $1.00 buzz baits.. I'm glad I checked them out first instead of just grabbing a few and buying them ahead of the season.. what a buncha crap.. I'll probably end up buying a few of them and using superglue to put on some stops.

The blades are cheap and slide right to the bend and get stuck there so they stop spinning. Probably perfect for my early season shallow river holes with lots of trees.

Any other suggestions besides something like a bead of superglue?
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:27 AM 04/03/06 (CST)
This is a thread topic I don't remember seeing before !

Just my 2 cents worth but I think others will bear the experience out.
---Pork trailers on jigs are NORMALLY more effective than plastic alternatives during cold water periods. Spring and fall are the time they typically out produce plastic trailers. I would think it is because the lower water temps have decreased metabolism and they feed much more slowly and methodically. Normally pork "tastes" better than plastic--maybe "more lifelike" than plastic is a better way to describe it.

--- A little used option that has produced many large muskies for me is a large "jig-n-pig" combo. This is an especially effective lure early in the season and after cold fronts cut their strike zones down to nil. I have had similar results targeting big pike this way as well.

---Pork is a MUCH bigger option than just a pig trailer on a jig. Many guys have found the 5-7 inch long by 1/2 inch wide strips of pork (often called pork-o or bo-hawgs depending on the company)to be incredibly effective. Use a weedless hook (maybe a 2/0 or 3/0) and possibly a small split shot in front of the hook. Cast this into weed patches/reeds/timber/ ect. and slither it out letting it drop into holes/ dark spots,down a weed wall etc. This can be a lights out effective method that most fish have never seen. Has proven deadly on muskies, pike, and bass. If you give a a twitch/pause retieve--kind of like a jerk bait--you will have never seen action as good in a lure before. It undulates and twists in every direction--far more enticing than plastic (IMHO).

---One last area many folks have taken advantage of pork is in the replacement of live bait. Some fisheries do not allow live bait. Also, if you are on a fly in, etc. you may not have the option of live bait. Pork is a good second option in that case and produces a good choice when live bait is called for but unavailable.

Well--that's my 2 cents on pork. A real low tech approach that produces superior results on many occasions. My grandfather's grandfather was boating fish on pork but it is a bit out of vogue today. That's good for those of us who like to zig when others zag. If 20 guys are throwing a certain lure type and the fish haven't been conditioned to your pork on lure---well I know who my moneys on!

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