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Pro Tips Weekly: Andy Morgan

Pro Tips Weekly: Andy Morgan
Andy Morgan proves he is a model of consistency with a two-day total of 29-12 to sit in fifth after day two.

Matching Jigs, Trailers and Line To Water Conditions

Evinrude Pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tennessee

When I'm fishing a jig, about all I ever throw is a 1/2-ounce War Eagle. There are times when a lighter or heavier jig works better, though. For instance, I might go to a 3/8-ounce War Eagle Heavy Finesse if I'm fishing in extremely shallow water, or when the water is very clear, or when the bass just seem to want a small mouthful. It's the right size on lakes like Beaver or Table Rock when the conditions are tough and where you're mainly just trying to get five keepers. Other times, I'll go to a 5/8- or even ¾-ounce jig, usually in the summer and especially when I'm fishing deeper water and want the jig to get down to where the fish are without wasting a lot time about it. I also want that quick fall when the water is very clear and I don't want the fish to get a good look at it - I just want them to go after it without thinking about it. Of course, your line and the size of the trailer also affect the sink rate. I use either a Zoom Super Chunk or a Chunk Junior; there again, it depends on the depth, the water color and the mood of the fish. As for line, I go with either 16- or 20-pound-test fluorocarbon. The heavier the line is, the slower the fall. Whatever you wind up using, take into account the weight of the jig, the size of the trailer and the size of the line to come up with the right combination for the water you're fishing.

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