How to Catch More Bass with the MJ Rig
Entice selective bass with the MJ rig
Now that the cat is out of the bag, I will share a secret bait with you that I was hoping to use in a tournament myself. I first learned of this rig while watching Timmy Horton Outdoors as he used what he called the MJ Rig. This rig is simply a Texas rigged worm, with a willow blade on its tail that Timmy said that Keith Poche brought the Worm Blade to the bass fishing world's attention with his 3rd place finish at the 2012 Red River Bassmaster Classic. And you know me, always looking for innovations that catch bass.
How to rig:
1. Start with the 4.5-inch Salty Sink Stick from Attack Pak Fishing. I prefer these for their neutral buoyancy, and they are enhanced with Juiced Up Baits scent as well as impregnated with large grain salt that you can actually see come out of the bait when you roll it in your fingers. All of these enhancements will make the bass hold on longer for a solid hook set.
2. I use Talon Lures worm bling Willow Blade Size: #3 from Tackle Warehouse. They are the perfect size and weight for this presentation.
3. Insert the screw-lock willow blade into the head (or the thicker end) of the worm.
4. Trim the tail, or thinner end, of the worm to give more plastic for rigging.
5. Simply Texas rig it for a weedless presentation. Then you’re ready to throw it in and over grass.
This rig is a simple design with an innovative application, the blades allow you to enhance the soft plastic presentation like never before. This rig goes where the umbrella rig cannot.
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