How to fish A-Rig

With the winter bite upon us and the resurgence of the A-Rig over the last month I thought it would be a good time to share some of the deepest secrets of making this bait productive. Let me first say hit the weights, regain some strength in your hands and get some fishing time under your belt before you fish one of these all day long. It is no secret it is a bait that will wear you out if you’re not prepared and this, my friends, is the first lesson in fishing it; know what you’re getting into physically and be prepared for it.
Next is how to rig it. When this bait was first introduced it was a bait for deep water, it had a heavy head, thick wire and most of us fished it with ¼ oz. heads on each of the 5 wires making it strictly a deep-water bait. Add five 4 to 5-inch swim baits and you had your hands full to pull it along the bottom. Now it lightened up, they have added flash to the wires with small willow leaf blades and it can be rigged and used in 4 to 7 ft. of water making it more versatile than ever. Be aware that this is a cluster bait, meant to attract groups of fish and catch more than one at a time and understand that you can fish this bait at different depths which is key to catching fish on it. Because it is a cluster bait, that mimics groups of bait fish, finding the depth the groups are feeding in is essential to catching fish on it. Retrieving speed and weight will change the depth and yo-yoing it will achieve some vertical jigging and allow you to fish it in a different presentation.
Lastly, I found that swim bait colors on the A-rig bait can be a big difference maker. Swim bait color is all-that when it comes to the A-rig and being determined to find the right color may be the difference in catching or not. I have found that dark swim baits vs. light colors can be big difference maker so if you’re not catching fish on one color change your swim baits out and try another. A-rig catches fish and that is the bottom line of this bait.

Captain Mike

Dunham's Sports

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