It's pretty thick, so his 3/32- and 1/16-ounce versions on ballheads
work at super-slow speeds.
For fall and winter harvests, the late stars in our garden are Krautman and Danish Ballhead
, the latter being an old-time favorite.
This compact round ballhead
has a clipped skirt that perfectly matches Jewel's Eakins Craw, a flat realistic rendering of a 2.5-inch crayfish, which Eakins reduced to just 2 inches to give the package an enticing glide that fooled bass wherever anglers tried it--deep under docks, brushpiles, cold-front conditions, finicky bass, and more.
But even during those memorable years, slow-downs would occur and the go-to solution was always a 1/8-ounce ballhead
jig and a 5-inch Kalin's Lunker Grub or Berkley PowerBait Grub--which remain effective to this day.
and Early Jersey Wakefield are heirloom varieties of cabbage that have been grown in gardens since 1840.
Most days, Balog begins and ends with a 1/16-ounce ballhead
jig inserted into a 2-inch tube.
Shimano Stradic 2000 reels, both with 10-pound Sufix 832 mainline, a 6-foot leader of 10-pound-test fluorocarbon, and usually, a 3/8- or 1/2-ounce teardrop or ballhead
jig, though I often use 5/8-ounce heads in bigger swift rivers.
"Trolling a 1/4-ounce ballhead
jig tipped with a 2 1/2-inch Midsouth Tackle Tube Jig and lip-hooked minnow is the way to get 'em," he says.
"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.
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
. I usually fish 1/16- to 1/4-ounce versions with a twin wire guard if there's wood or rock cover to deal with."
"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