The job of any good jighead is to bring out the unique talents of baits that best match its design. Dissimilar jighead styles deliver softbaits at different speeds, actions and depths, each performing a singular, premeditated presentation. Collars and keeper configurations are made to match and pin certain baits firmly in place. Jig-hooks vary by anatomy: size, gap, throat, shank length, wire gauge and more; with justifiable reasons for each. While a mismatched jig and bait might still catch fish, a perfect pairing can stimulate an onslaught of bites.
The eighth annual Michiana Outdoors & Sportsman Show will be held at the Michiana Events Center (MEC) in Shipshewana next weekend.
The show runs Friday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8-5.
Missile Bait’s “Ike’s Micro Jig” is going to start a new category of super compact jigs and new way to finesse fish for bass.
Built on a No. 1 Gamakatsu light wire jig hook, the Micro Jig will come in 3 sizes - 1/16, 1/8, and 3/16 ounce.
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By Louie Stout
One of the biggest concerns shared by many anglers this time of year is the spraying of chemicals designed for killing aquatic vegetation on Michiana waters.
Yet, if you talk to waterfront residents, they would tell you those treatments are necessary to allow recreational use of the waters.
It’s a controversy that DNR managers battle every spring and early summer.
Lake associations employ professional contractors to come onto lakes to kill non-native plants they believe interfere with boating and other recreational activities.
Anglers see the vegetation as necessary fish habitat and the lifeblood of a good fishery. Fish biologists agree emphatically that vegetation leads to a healthy eco-system, but understand that shallow areas can become weed choked and inhibit boating activities if not kept in check.
Aquatic plants provide other benefits. They provide oxygen that in turn helps keep the water clear. Decaying plants rob the oxygen and diminish water clarity.