Preuett relies on his Cajun Bug to boat bass during January

It’s easy for Brett Preuett to remember the name of the football jig he swears by to catch bass in January.

After all, it’s named after the 30-year-old pro bass angler from Monroe. It’s the Preuett Cajun Bug.

The jig’s hook angle is “just right” for a solid hookset, according to Preuett, who gives credit for that to Tim Harmon of Treeshaker Tackle Co. in Lexington, S.C.

Preuett, a veteran guide on Toledo Bend and Caney Lake, will be ready with a Cajun Bug tied on when he gets his new boat for the 2021 season.

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“I’ve caught fish with it in our tournament in February at Lake Cherokee and at the (2015) Classic in February. I throw it year-round, but it does well in January,” he said. “I work it real slow in January. If I hit a hard spot or something, I shake it, I soak it, in January. I fish it real slow.

“I can’t overemphasize the fishing slow and shaking part,” he said. 

Preuett will pull the football jig he designed slowly across brush, ledges and rocks and around cypress trees. His favorite color is mud bug. The soft-plastic trailer he uses is a watermelon/red Crème Craw.

Preuett’s Cajun Bugs are available in three sizes: 3/8-, ½- and 3./4-ounce, and in 10 colors.

Two of its most outstanding features, according to Preuett, are the unique sonar Rattler Ballzz and the special screw lock.

Preuett ties the jig to 16-pound Sunline Shooter fluorocarbon line loaded on a Shimano Curato DC fastened to a 7-foot-3 Shimano Expride.

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Don Shoopman fishes for freshwater and saltwater species mostly in and around the Atchafalaya Basin and Vermilion Bay. He moved to the Sportsman’s Paradise in 1976, and he and his wife June live in New Iberia. They have two grown sons.