As a standard ballhead
, VMC's Neon Moon Eye Jig is exceptional when coupled with a 3-inch paddletail or ringworm, including the Moxi.
For fall and winter harvests, the late stars in our garden are Krautman and Danish Ballhead
, the latter being an old-time favorite.
When I chase smallmouths, I use either Frank's Leech--basically a black, brown, or olive bunny strip on a ballhead
jig--or a Perch Pattern," he says.
His weapon of choice is a 1/2- to 3/4-ounce ballhead
jig tipped with a 3u-inch paddletail softbait such as a Bondy Worm, though baits such as 3-inch Berkley Gulp
To find active fish in those situations, he fishes a crankbait or small swimbait like a Berkley Havoc Beat Shad on a 3/8-ounce ballhead
jig, covering water to locate groups of bass.
and Early Jersey Wakefield are heirloom varieties of cabbage that have been grown in gardens since 1840.
A standard ballhead
like the Gamakatsu Round 26 or Owner Ultrahead Round is my go-to style because it adds or subtracts nothing with respect to tail action.
The football head lies flat, making it more snag-resistant than a ballhead
A 1/4- to 5/16-ounce ballhead
jig with a curl-tail grub like Strike King's Rage Tail catches smallmouths everywhere," he says.
When larger minnows are unavailable, I lose the sinker and, go with a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce ballhead
The Scrounger Head has a long history, dating to the early 1970s when John Waters of Southern California matched a ballhead
jig with an upright plastic collar to produce a unique oscillating action that fooled saltwater fish of all sorts.
Bait Hitch fits ballhead
jigs for use with shakyhead rigs and smaller swimbaits.
If you routinely rig a 7-inch Berkley Power Worm on a ballhead
jig, or consistently tip flippin' jigs with a Sweet Beaver, you're missing fish.
He pitches small plastics like the Stanley WedgeTail on 1/32-to 1/16-ounce ballhead
jigs, using 4- to 6-pound line, swimming them over the tops of the hydrilla where the most active crappies roam.
When most of the bass seem to be holding at 10 to 15 feet, I use a 1/16-ounce ballhead
jig with a long shank, like the Owner Ultrahead.