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Three Jigs for Walleye

By Mark Romanack
Chad Thompson of Pasha Lake Cabins near Beardmore, Ontario is a big
 fan of Bait Rigs jigs. The author introduced Chad to the Odd’ball many 
years ago and Chad has caught countless walleye using Bait Rigs 
products over the years.

Ever tell someone the importance of using the right tool for the job? The lures we use to catch popular species like walleye are in effect “tools” that are designed for a particular job. No single jig design can function flawlessly at every walleye jig fishing presentation. That’s precisely why I carry three different jig designs in my boat so I always have the right jig for the job at hand.

Stand-up jigs have been a favorite of mine longer than I can remember. A stand-up jig like the popular Bait Rigs Odd’ball do a great job of keeping the hook point ready for action. I use this jig design for vertical jigging in rivers, dragging jigs along gravel flats and also for working walleye holding on deep water humps and sunken islands.

It’s surprising how few jigs there are on the market designed to accept a soft plastic grub. A growing number of walleye anglers depend almost exclusively on these soft plastics and fishing them requires a jig designed for the task.

The Bait Rigs Long Shank Slo-Poke features an extra long shank hook design that is required to fish shad bodies, action tail grubs, split tail grubs and other soft plastics favored by walleye anglers. Available in 1/8, 1/4 and 3/8 ounce sizes, the Slo-Poke LS is my hands down choice for pitching plastics.

These three jig designs by Bait Rigs have served the author well in over 30
 years of chasing walleye. The Odd’ball (top) is ideal for vertical jigging or
dragging jigs, the Slo-Poke (left) is the author’s choice for casting live bait
and the Slo-Poke Long Shank (right) is the perfect jig for casting
soft plastic grubs.
Live bait can be fished on just about any jig design, but clearly the best jig for fishing leeches, minnows or a piece of nightcrawler are compact jig designs that can be casted and snaked easily through weeds, wood and rock cover. The classic Slo-Poke jig by Bait Rigs was brought to market years before anglers started routinely fishing soft plastics. In those days a jig was rated by how well it fished live bait and the Slo-Poke was then and is still today the live bait jig of choice.

The timeless Slo-Poke is a deadly jig for pitching leeches or minnows to weed edges, rocky shorelines or submerged timber. If the cover isn’t too thick, I love to tip a Slo-Poke with half a nightcrawler hooked through the nose.

The world might be full of jig brands and designs, but I find all the walleye fishing success I could want using just three popular models from Bait Rigs. The Odd’ball, Long Shank Slo-Poke and original Slo-Poke have all earned a place of honor in my boat.