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. 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.
This week, FLW Tour angler Josh Douglas explains why a jig bearing the name of a fellow Minnesotan has grown to be his get-of-out-jail-free bait.
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> Angler: Josh Douglas
> Confidence bait: 5/8-oz. Outkast Tackle Stealth Feider tungsten jig (black/blue)
> Gear used: 7’2” medium-heavy Shimano Expride casting rod, Shimano Metanium MGL casting reel (8.0:1 ratio), 40-pound PowerPro Super8Slick V2 braided line, 20-pound Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon line (leader), various soft plastic trailers (depends on time of year)
> Origin: “Since I started, my buddies would use a jig and I didn’t get really it. I learned to get on it right away and it’s always been a confidence bait since then. A lot of times, especially at places I haven’t been to before, I can use that jig as a search bait because you can swim it, too.”
> Why he trusts it: “I can catch bass on it no matter where I’m at in the country. Since it’s tungsten, I can pitch it, drag it or fish it like a swim jig. I’ll throw it into docks, too. It’s just a real versatile setup.”
> One more thing: “I’m naturally a dragger, so if I can slow down and catch them instead of moving with them, I’ll do that. It’s a big fish bait, too.”