Cold-Water Bass Demand Finesse Presentation
Fishing Gear - Curt McGuire knows the bass bite tends to get a little bit slower when the water temperature drops. So he thinks lighter. Lighter bait, lighter line - finesse. "The BOOYAH Boo Bug is the jig I usually fish in cold water," said the tournament fisherman from Lawrenceburg, Tenn. "Honestly, I think it's the best finesse jig on the market by far. I'll fish it around chunk rock, main lake points, steep bluffs and gravel bars a lot for smallmouth.
"Any time the water gets below 55 degrees, I throw that jig a lot," McGuire continued. "I fish it on 8- to 12-pound Silver Thread Fluorocarbon either on spinning tackle or on a light-action baitcasting outfit."
The BOOYAH Boo Bug features a Mustad light wire, cross eye Ultra Point black nickel hook, BOOYAH 50-strand spider cut silicone skirt and finesse weed guard. Although it comes in a 3/16-ounce version as well as a 5/16-ounce version, McGuire prefers the 3/16-ounce and uses it exclusively - until wind or current won't allow him to.
"In the winter when it's that cold, you need to fish slow," McGuire said. "And with a 3/16-ounce jig, you don't have any choice but to fish it slow. And I'll fish it with the YUM Muy Twintail Grub in black blue flake, pumpkin pepper green flake and Carolina pumpkin. I match it up to whatever color jig I'm fishing.
BOOYAH offers another finesse jig option - the Pro Boo Bug. The Pro Boo Bug carries the same finesse features as the Boo Bug - only with a little more muscle. The Pro Boo Bug comes with a premium painted head, BOOYAH 60-strand silicone skirt, weedguard and a Mustad Heavy Ultra Point black nickel hook.
"I fish the Pro Boo Bug in the same places that I would fish a regular jig," McGuire said. "I just use it like more of a shallow-water finesse jig. I'll fish it with 20-pound Silver Thread Salt Water line or 20-pound Silver Thread Fluorocarbon.
"For the most part, the colors I use are green pumpkin, black and blue, black and brown - the pumpkin pepper black replacement skirt is a really good color," McGuire added.
Like many tournament fishermen, McGuire flips around docks hoping for a solid bite. He knows those docks get pounded heavily, so he looks for an edge.
"Usually I'll fish the 5/16 Pro Boo Bug for just a little different look or a finesse tactic," McGuire said. "And when I'm flipping the Pro Boo Bug, I'll use the YUM Chunk in either black brown, sky blue flake or green pumpkin."
McGuire lets water color and clarity dictate the colors he throws. In clear blue water, he fishes green pumpkin or pumpkin pepper black jigs. If the water has a brown tint to it, he tends to throw the black and brown jig. In heavily stained water, McGuire prefers a black and blue jig.
Both the BOOYAH Boo Bug and Pro Boo Bug are available in two sizes and 14 colors.
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