Jigging for Muskie with Spinner Baits

September 07, 2018
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Cory Allen, a seasoned musky guide, demonstrates the effectiveness of jigging spinnerbaits in musky fishing. This technique allows for a lateral presentation with lift and fall, allowing for control on both ends of the spectrum. Allen's musky fishing videos showcase his impressive freshwater fishing toolbox and show how adjusting your technique can improve your musky fishing success.

In the realm of freshwater fishing, the muskellunge, or musky as it's affectionately known, reigns supreme. This elusive predator, with its toothy grin and torpedo-like body, is the ultimate prize for any angler. But catching a musky is no easy feat. It requires a blend of skill, patience, and an understanding of the creature's habits and habitats. This article will delve into the underutilized technique of vertical jigging and yo-yoing, a method that has proven to be extremely effective in luring these freshwater giants.

The musky, a fish known for its ability to suspend at various depths in the water column, often remains unmoved by lures that pass above or below it. This is where vertical jigging comes into play. This technique allows for a controlled presentation on the Y-axis, a method that is often overlooked when discussing spinnerbaits. Yet, few baits allow for a more controlled presentation on this axis, making it an invaluable technique in any musky angler's arsenal.

Cory Allen, a seasoned musky guide, showcases this technique in an In The Spread fishing video. He demonstrates how jigging spinnerbaits, a term that usually finds itself separated by at least 8-10 words in a sentence, can be a super productive musky fishing technique for a variety of conditions and seasons. This method allows for a lateral presentation to be made with a Y-axis element of lift and fall for control on both ends of the spectrum.

The beauty of this technique lies in its versatility. While vertical jigging spinnerbaits is effective, hybridizing casting and jigging presentations with these types of lures can be particularly effective. This method allows you to fish more of the water column and present your lure to neutral fish in a way that they simply cannot resist. The variation of the control spectrum that can be implemented within a single retrieve keeps the bait figuratively "in play" throughout the entire process.

Cory Allen's musky fishing videos are a testament to his impressive freshwater fishing toolbox. He is not shy about sharing his musky strategies and tactics, and his videos are a treasure trove of information for any angler looking to up their game. In one video, he demonstrates how using musky spinnerbaits to trigger neutral fish can result in more hook-ups. The devil is truly in the details, and this video shows just how detail-oriented these toothy devils can be at times.

So, if you find yourself retrieving or trolling your lures past neutral fish with no results, consider switching up your technique. Try vertical jigging or "lateral jigging" and watch as your luck changes. Remember, the best musky lures are the ones that the fish can't resist, and with the right presentation, that could be any lure in your box.

Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner just getting your feet wet, these techniques can help you land the musky of your dreams. So gear up, hit the water, and remember: the best bait for musky is the one that gets the bite. Happy fishing!

Seth Horne In The Spread,
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