August 25, 2015
Flipping jigs are designed to be fished in heavy cover. Brush, laydowns, rock piles, docks and the outside edges of grasslines are areas where they excel. These jigs are offered in a variety of weights, but ¼-ounce to ¾-ounce are the most common.
Because these jigs are designed to be flipped and pitched into the heavy cover, I actually prefer to fish a heavier brush jig most of the time. Very rarely will I step below a ½-ounce jig. A heavier jig is able to punch through heavier cover more efficiently than a lighter jig. It also has a faster rate of fall than a lighter jig. Fish often relate to heavy cover because they're not necessarily in a feeding mode. A heavy brush jig flipped into cover will cause the fish to react (reaction strike) because of its rate of fall.
I also prefer using a compact trailer with brush jigs; they allow the bait to go through cover easily. A large bulky trailer will make the fall rate slower and is more likely to snag. A more compact trailer offers more of a bite-size package and allow the fish to take the jig in better upon reacting to it.