Written by Louie’s Lures. 11/12/2020
When it comes to fishing lures, one that you will commonly find amongst anglers tackle boxes is a bladed jigs. Also known as a bladed jig or vibrating jig. The key component that makes a bladed jigs is the attached metal blade. This blade generates a deep vibration while reeling in and pulling up. This lure features jig inspired skirting that adds more of a curb appeal to lurking fish that can result in more reaction strikes. Essentially a bladed jigs is a jig with an added blade.
Bladed jigs are a fantastic lure by themselves, however when paired with a matching soft plastic trailer it can lead to even better results. When it comes to bladed jigs trailers you can go a few different routes. Some prefer to color match the trailer with the lure and skirting itself while others prefer to pick an entirely different color for the trailer. It really just depends on your personal preference and what colors work for you in the waters you fish on. Ideally, trailers that feature appendages like crawfish soft plastics, beaver baits, and split tail grubs are preferred. These baits add further action and disturbance within the water which in return can result in more catches. It is worth noting that adding a dab of super glue to your bladed jigs trailer is a good tip, as it is more securely attached to the lure.
Where to Fish a Bladed Jig
Vibrating Jigs are deemed to be a very versatile lure. Although they should not be fished in areas with a lot of rocks or brush due to the higher risk of snags.
Shallow and Mid-Depth Grass – This is by far the most effective areas to fish a bladed jigs as bass use grassy areas as ambush points. We suggest looking for grass that is 1 to 6 feet deep.
Wooded Areas: This is the second most effective area to use a bladed jig. Look for downed trees, limbs, and even tree stumps. These areas are not suggested for those newer to bladed jigs, as it may be easier to snag in these areas. Getting the feel of how to bump through snags will help you prevail in wooded areas.
When to Fish a Bladed Jig
Whether you are a general fisherman or one that is more intune with the specifics of being a great angler, it is important to understand the 4 seasons that you are likely to use a bladed jigs.
Pre-Spawn: When the water begins to warm up in the late winter and early spring season bass will begin to move towards spawning flats and coves. This time of the year can vary based on your geological location. During pre-spawn bladed jigs make a great option for larger female bass since they are getting ready to move to the beds.
Post-Spawn: Generally speaking, bladed jigs do not make a great lure during spawn. However, they do make a great lure during post-spawn since large female bass will begin to move from the spawning flats to their summer hangout areas. These larger female bass will not generally move far; usually towards drop offs or cover that they find first. These areas are usually shallow areas which make bladed jigs a go to lure to use.
Summer: When vegetation and cover begins to become more prominent, it makes fishing with bladed jigs a bit harder and not feasible. However, this makes a great opportunity to start fishing the outer weed edges.
Fall: Lastly we enter the fall season which can be quite rewarding, not many anglers take advantage of the fall season as it can be harder to fish. While the shad begin to move back into the shoreline again it provides anglers with a great opportunity to use shad or other bait fish related colors and patterns. It is worth noting that ripping your bladed jigs over the last remaining weeds can trigger some hits.