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CrossEyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig Impresses

On a recent trip to Lake Gaston to fish the Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation "Mr. Bass" tournament, I got to see a whole different side to the CrossEyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig and it impressed me. Up until now I have mainly been using the CrosseyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig for predominately fishing hard cover. My previous applications for the swim jig have been fishing it in flood bushes, around laydown trees, along rip rap, around floating docks, under fixed docks, and sparingly around submergent vegetation like hydrilla and milfoil. The CrossEyeZ Snake Head Swim Jig performed as I expected in these applications, what I didn't expect was how well it would perform in thick heavy matted over emergent or standing vegetation.

Don't visualize nice neat looking vegetation that is standing straight up with clear lanes to bring a bait through. To get a good feel for this stuff you need to visualize compacted, falling over, crisscrossed willow grass. Then you need to add moss, pollen, and other floating debris mixed in this grass. If you have never fished willow grass that is set up like this, you can't fully appreciate how difficult it is to fish a reaction bait in and through it. When the willow grass is like this, the typical approach is to try and flip something in it or pull something over top of it to get the bass to bite. On this trip however, the weather conditions being overcast and windy, with periodic scattered thunderstorms, the bass did not want to react to these types of presentations very well.

Working Sling BladeZ spinnerbaits and Chatterbait Jack Hammer around the willow grass matts would get fish to swipe at the bait and earn an occasional hook up but not the results I was looking for. The bass were telling me they were in the willow grass but they were also telling me they didn't want to come out of their hiding spots to eat the baits I was presenting. I needed to present a reaction bait in their hiding spots if I wanted to get them to bite consistently. The problem was I just couldn't fish a Sling BladeZ spinnerbait or a Chatterbait Jack Hammer deep enough into the grass matts without getting the baits fouled up by all the floating debris or hanging up on the tough grass stalks that were matted over. What happened next is what opened my eyes to how effective the CrossEyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig can be in the nastiest of cover.

I decided to try a swim jig so I pulled a Dobyns Champion series 733 XP rod out of the rod locker, paired with a reel spooled with 40 pound Gamma Torque braided line, and tied on a ¼ oz CrossEyeZ Snakehead Swim jig in black / blue color. I outfitted the swim jig with a black / blue Turbo CrawZ and proceeded to fish back through some of the matted grass areas I had just fished with the other baits. I expected to have to deal with some fouling of the bait with the moss and leaves that were mixed in the grass and to contend with some hang ups on the matted over willow grass stalks, but if I could get the fish to bite it would be worth the headache.

I started picking my way around the edges of the matted willow grass to try and avoid ruining my presentations with a fouled bait, but to my surprise the swim jig came through with no fouling. This gave me confidence to start putting the CrossEyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig deeper and deeper into the matted willow grass. I found myself casting the swim jig into the thickest parts of the matts and then swimming it with a popping retrieve into and over any obstacle in front of it. The bass could not stand this and would hit the CrossEyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig like they were mad at it. The same area I had just fished that yielded two bites using other presentations now yielded 15 bites on the CrossEyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig. The ability of the swim jig to come cleanly through the heaviest of cover combined with the design of the weed guard and strong sharp hook allowed me to land every bite I had on it. The success I had with the CrossEyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig repeated itself over four days of fishing and in different areas of the lake. If you haven't tried fishing the CrossEyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig yet, you owe it to yourself to give one a try. You will be hard pressed to find any type of cover you can't fish this bait in and catch fish.

- Z-Man Ambassador

Jeff Lugar

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