By Todd Ceisner
Time is ticking down. The pattern that worked yesterday isn’t working today. It’s crunch time. There’s an hour left until the weigh-in starts or, in the case of the Bass Pro Tour, lines are out. Your nerves are starting to fray. What do you reach for when you absolutely need to generate bites?
We’ve been asking pro anglers from the various leagues that same question as a way to find out what their ultimate confidence baits are regardless of the situation, along with the reasoning behind their choices. As one might expect, the answers have run the gamut, from big-line, big-weight flipping to light-line finesse and from topwater to slow-dragging baits.
For Carl Jocumsen, who’s in the first year of his second tour with the Elite Series, he can fish just about anywhere and around any sort of cover with the Molix MF Jig paired with a variety of trailers based on the situation.
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> Angler: Carl Jocumsen
> Confidence bait: 1/2-oz. Molix MF Jig (green-pumpkin) paired with Molix SV Craw trailer (green-pumpkin)
> Gear used: 7’6” medium-action Millerods Jig Freak casting rod, Shimano Metanium MGL casting reel, 16-pound unnamed fluorocarbon.
> Origin: “At the Douglas Lake Eastern Open last year, I caught all of my fish (he finished 21st) on the black and blue version of the MF Jig. That helped me qualify for the Open Championship where I made it back to the Elite Series.”
> Why he trusts it: “It’s an all-season bait that you can change the trailer on to suit what you’re fishing. The head shape comes through anything. It’s not a football head, but it’s a not a flipping head. I can fish bluff walls, rock piles, rip rap and brush with it. I never get hung up. It’s also a great skipping jig. For a confidence bait, I just fish what’s in front of me and I don’t need to tie on other jigs for different situations.
> One more thing: “After fishing with this, I’ve gone to all tungsten for my jigs because I feel like I can just feel everything more with it. I liken it to a Carolina rig that way.”