January 05, 2013 at 6:03am
All I fish with (really, all the time), is a lead jig head (pick any color) and a soft plastic jig-tail. Sometimes a peice of shrimp on it, but usually not. Cast it out and experiment with the retreive. Examples: Let is sit on the bottom. Bounce it on the bottom. Reel it in slow. Reel it in fast. Reel it medium. Try these styles all while casting it in different directions from where you are standing, whether it's in a boat or the bank. You also will have much more of a chance of catching whatever type of fish is there. Reds and drum usually hit it on the bottom. Specks might hit on the faster retrieve. That is not the rule, but it generally is the norm. Chunking a cork out and waiting for a bite will work, but it is not the best way to fish. I bet if you throw that cork and wait a long time something will bite, but that's not the best way to catch a lot of fish. If I'm fishing light without a lot of tackle, I have 2 packs of jig-tails, and 1 pack of jig heads. 1 in a light or clear color, and 1 in a dark green or black color. I haven't found a lot of difference in the color of the jig head. Also, this time of year when it's kind of slow, I find that the medium size sheephead amd drum hit better if you take the soft plastic off and just have a shrimp on the jighead and work it slow on the bottom. I think they have a hard time due to the shape of their mouth with the soft plastic on the jig head. My favorite light colored bait right now is a Berkley Gulp in the Glow color with the red tip. They got em at Puglia's.