Rob Hicks Football jig

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Proven Dragging Techniques for Co’s

Category : BACK DECK

By Rob Hicks

Following up a pro angler that is throwing reaction baits can sometimes be tough. However, I have found that dragging baits can bring much success in these situations. I guess I have become a dragger because I have practiced with Mark Rose the last two years. When we practice for an FLW event, particularly a TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) lake, Mark is throwing a Strike King 6XD crankbait or Sexy spoon. I have learned to follow him up with jigs and other dragging baits.

Dragging behind your pro partner allows you to possibly catch fish that he may have missed with a moving bait. Dragging is a good technique all year around. I will speed up or slow down depending on water temperatures and the attitude of the fish. There is nothing like the feeling of a shell bed on a lake and waiting on that thump on your line! Next time you’re out fishing, try dragging a jig, shaky head, carolina rig, or any other dragging bait and hang on! Dragging is not just for deep water. I like to throw 1/2 or 3/4oz weights in water depths of 18+ feet, and smaller weights for anything shallower. Football jigs and what is known as a Jenkel Rig have become some of my go-to lure choices. I will explain the baits I like below.

Football Jig:

The majority of the time, I will throw a Strike King football jig with a Rage Craw trailer. I prefer a 3/4 oz. jig, but will let depth and wind dictate what size I drag. I suggest picking a crayfish-imitating color. For most situations, I like color #46 which is a Green Pumpkin Craw, with a Rage Craw in Green Pumpkin as well. You need to let water color dictate what color you throw. Use more natural colors in clearer water, and darker colors in dirtier water. This color combo seems to work best for me. I throw this on a Dobyns Savvy series SS705C, which is a seven foot, mag heavy rod. I throw it on a 6.3:1 Lews Tournament Pro Reel spooled up with 12 or 15 lb Seaguar fluorocarbon.

Rob Hicks Football jig

Jenkel Rig:

I also use a technique that most are not familiar with, called a Jenkel Rig. Duke Jenkel introduced me to this rig. It is basically a modified Carolina rig. I use a 3/8 oz Tiger Tungsten sinker and a bobber stop about 12 inches above a 1/0 hook. The bait I use most of the time is a Strike King Ocho. I will throw it on a little lighter rod than the football jig, and use 10 or 12 lb fluorocarbon. I pick this rig up when the bite is tough, and I am not catching as many fish on the football jig.

Rob Hicks Jenekel Rig

Give these rigs a try next time on the water, and I am sure you will have luck. Confidence is always important in bass fishing, and I have a lot of confidence in these presentations. If you can gain some confidence in dragging baits behind your boater, it will help you pick up more fish throughout the year.

Good luck and may God bless you!


Circuits Fished: FLW Tour, FLW Everstart Series, FLW Bass Fishing League

Years Co: 2.5 years

Favorite Techniques: Flipping, Football Jigs

Hobbies away from fishing: Deer Hunting, Spending time with grandchildren

Sponsors: Strike King Lure CompanyLucas OilSeaguarLews ReelsDobyns RodsTyphoon OpticsHayes ChevroletTiger Tungsten

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