5 Best Jig Trailers for Bass Fishing

5 Best Jig Trailers for Bass Fishing

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Jig Fishing: Infinite Possibilities

Jig fishing is its own tricky world in bass fishing. Deciding on what color, weight, how to trim the skirt, and what trailer to use can be extremely difficult, especially if you don’t have a full understanding of what you want your jig to do.

There are thousands of brands and types of jig trailers, and each one has a different body design and action, making it very hard to decide which to use. Luckily for you, I’m going to keep it simple and help you choose the best one for your own personal situations. Hand-picked from personal experience, here are the 5 best jig trailers for bass fishing that I have grown to love.

Things to Consider

Sure, any of these jig trailers can work, but it’s always good to get an idea of what you want out of your trailer. Consider these few aspects before you make the ultimate purchase!

The Right Action

Choosing the right trailer action for your fishing situation is crucial to success. In the summer and fall months when the bass are feeding heavily on crawfish, a trailer with curly-tails or flapping claws are more ideal for drawing a bite. In the colder winter months, use a trailer that has little to no action –  you’ll be dragging the jig around at snail pace anyways so any flapping action wouldn’t work quite as well.

Color Choice

The right color choice will truly make or break your jig fishing.

Clear Water

When the water clarity is clear, choose more natural colors. Green Pumpkin, Watermelon, and Brown are just a few of the natural colors that are available. Variations of each are great also (ex: Green Pumpkin Red Flake, etc.).

Stained Water

When the water is stained or murky, choose colors that are either dark or very bright. Dark colors include Black & Blue or Purple, whereas the brighter color choices include Chartreuse and Red.

Matching Your Jig

The fun part is choosing trailer colors that will either match your jig exactly or accent the jig with different colors. For example, a green pumpkin colored jig can be paired with a brown trailer, giving it a nice mix of natural colors. The combos are endless, and that’s just part of the fun!  

Strike King Rage Tail Craw

Strike King Rage Tail Craw

The Rage Tail Craw has easily become one of my go-to jig trailers over the past few years. The patented “Rage Tail” claw-flapping action is unbeatable, and the bait simply looks exactly like a crawfish, making for a very realistic presentation. No crazy, random appendages that make other baits look like little aliens, but instead a very simple, compact craw imitation with great action.

Specifications

  1. Retail Price: $4.99
  2. Quantity: 7 per pack
  3. Length: 4”

Favorite Colors

Clear Water

  1. Green Pumpkin
  2. Candy Craw
  3. Blue Craw

Stained Water

  1. Black Blue Flake
  2. California Craw
  3. Summer Craw

Berkley Havoc Skeet’s Pit Boss

Berkley Havoc Pit Boss

I was drawn to this bait not only for the design, but the extremely low price as well! The Pit Boss is a must-have jig trailer, especially since you can load up on tons of them for very little cost. The flapping appendages are very similar to the Rage Tail Craw only there are four limbs instead of two, making for a different presentation. The outer limbs flap while the two in the middle remain stationary, mimicking the claws and antennae of a crawfish. These are super durable as well, and one bait can last a few fish before retiring.

Specifications

  1. Retail Price: $2.99
  2. Length: 3”
  3. Quantity: 10 per pack

Favorite Colors

Clear Water

  1. Green Pumpkin
  2. Green Pumpkin Green
  3. Lime-Purple Passion

Stained Water

  1. Black Blue
  2. Junebug
  3. Vampire Orange

Yamamoto Double Tail Grub

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These little grubs were destined to be jig trailers straight from the beginning, and boy are they effective! The Double Tail Grub is small yet displaces a good amount of water with the action of both curly tails, making it a perfect trailer for any small to medium-sized jig. The compact and simple body design is the perfect accent for any finesse jig presentation, but the erratic action of the tails allow it to be fished on larger jigs as well.

Specifications

  1. Retail Price: $6.99
  2. Length: 4”
  3. Quantity: 20 per pack

Favorite Colors

Clear Water

  1. Green Pumpkin
  2. Watermelon Black & Red Flake
  3. Green Pumpkin Purple & Copper Flake

Stained Water

  1. Black Blue Flake
  2. Pumpkin Black & Green Flake

Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver 4.20

Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver

If you’re still not exactly sure which jig trailer you should use, you can’t go wrong with a Sweet Beaver 4.20. The ribbed body, realistic appendages, and durable plastic all combine to make the Sweet Beaver one of the most popular jig trailers. There’s barely any movement with the tail, and you can either leave it connected or split it for a little more action. The Sweet Beaver simply flows up and down as your jig crawls over rocks, stumps, or any other cover, making it a very subtle yet deadly presentation.

Specifications

  1. Retail Price: $4.79
  2. Length: 4.2
  3. Quantity: 10 per pack

Favorite Colors

Clear Water

  1. Green Pumpkin
  2. California 420
  3. Big Texan

Stained Water

  1. Blank Check
  2. Hematoma
  3. Bloody Mary

Yamamoto Flappin’ Hawg

Yamamoto Flappin' Hawg

I absolutely love the way this bait works, it just gives me a boost of confidence even before I take it out on the water. The numerous appendages on the Flappin’ Hawg feature rivets that cause them to vibrate as the bait falls through the water, giving your jig great action. This bait also features a thicker profile, giving your jig a bit more bulk when you need it. A bit on the pricier side but when you get more into jig fishing it’s worth every penny.

Specifications

  1. Retail Price: $6.99
  2. Length: 4”
  3. Quantity: 20 per pack

Favorite Colors

Clear Water

  1. Green Pumpkin Black Flake
  2. Watermelon Black Flake
  3. Bama Bug

Stained Water

  1. Black Large Blue Flake
  2. Watermelon Copper Orange Red
  3. June Bug

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a big fan of the Reaction Innovations smallie beaver 3.50 for my smaller jigs and the sweet beaver 4.20 for my larger jigs. I feel like this jig trailer has a much more subtle action than others giving me more of a finesse approach allowing me to get more bites from finicky bass.

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