Dock Talk




Conversations recently heard from bass anglers…to trailer or not. Not as a boat trailer, but whether to add a something special behind a spinnerbait, jig or swim bait.

“I use a trailer about 95 to 100% of the time with a spinnerbait. It makes a great bait even better. Slow down, speed up, let it fall, wake it,” one angler said.

Another adds, "Trim the skirt to hang no longer than the hook. Also I cut some of the skirt higher up to give it some "bulk" and "flare" when popped. Sometimes I match the skirt; other times I want some contrast such as a white skirt and green pumpkin paddle tail.”

Craw worm, swim, and paddle tail: “I heard somewhere that a low action trailer is best. Something with a lot of movement counters the buit-in action of the original. Can’t prove that though. A fun variation is to lose the skirt entirely and do a beaver style bait…”

A swim bait with a 3.5" long trailer adds baitfish mimicking action of all sorts. Add a little more allure to the paddletail, dip the tail in chartreuse.

There’s a broad variety of possible trailer offerings to choose from. A Google search brought up Zoom, Berkley, Strike King, Ozmo baits. Bass Pro Shops offers a combination package of all sorts of soft plastic trailers.

How about on bigger, bulky swimbaits add something like a split tailed trailer, and get better action…does not seem to decrease the baits’ “thump”. Pitching into heavy cover and swimming it out, use some sort of plastic trailer, but for searching do not use one. Everybody has their own theories on the use of versatile trailer.

What’s your take on a bait trailer…agree or disagree from these comments. Add your input in this page’s comments area and lets get a conversation going.




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FAIR. Water clear; 58 degrees; 0.37 feet below pool. Striper are fair but improving on swimbaits and Alabama rigs cast at the shore. Look for fish in 5-40 feet of water. You will have to beat the shoreline to death, but they are there and can be caught. Some can also be caught using live bait in the river channel. The fish are scattered but can be caught. Sand bass are fair to good with small slabs and small jigs are the way to go, but some can be caught using small live bait also. Your best bet is to use small jigs or swim baits casted at the shore in shallow water. Look for them in 2-10 feet of water. Catfish are great on cut shad in 1-5 feet of water. Water clarity is 2-8 feet of water. Report by TJ Ranft, Ranft Guide Service.

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