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Musky Jigging Lures with Cory Allen

When the discussion of musky jigging lures comes up, too few fishermen step back and consider overall design properties inherent in a given bait. Don't be robotic or beholden to what you are supposed to do with a musky bait. Vertical jigging is so far beyond just up and down. What a bait can do is not necessarily listed on the box. Step outside the obvious and begin to explore the world of what is possible.

In The Spread fishing instructor Cory Allen is well known for his out of the stratosphere thinking when it comes to musky fishing. He is freaky smart about what muskie are doing in a given body of water throughout the year and why. By listening to him share his thoughts and watching him share certain techniques will open you musky fishing up to amazing new frontiers.

The musky jigging lures Cory Allen covers in this fishing video are probably not what you typically use for jigging. These will not be the one trick ponies the industry pushes. Each lure he breaks down possess certain characteristics that out perform their stated use. For one, you have to consider the line tie point on a lure and how it will effect performance. How much action can you get out of a lure based on where you hitch your line? Cory looks at vertical jigging lures like this, if it sinks you can jig it. The musky jigging lures he has selected for this video give you more control when exploring various sub-surface constructs. Some are for exploring timbers, some are for neutral fish and others are for break lines. This is about giving you some different tools for different jobs.

The assortment of musky jigging lures presented here are each drastically different in their elements. You will not just hear Cory talk about the qualities of each. You will see how they perform in the water and how you can get the most action out of the lures. By exploring the mechanics of how to jig musky lures that may not be the “norm” you will probably catch fish that you ordinarily may not have.

H2O Tackle makes and outstanding casting and trolling lure called the Barbarian. This gem makes for an outstanding jigging lure. It is more a less a giant rattle trap, while not as normal as a regular Rat-L-Trap due to its neutral buoyancy. The Barbarian has a great slow fall through the water column. With the nifty weight screw you can add, this lure is super useful. You can get great wander and deviation out of it.

The hardhead from Phantom Baits is another great tool for vertical jigging. This is a drop belly shad design meant to be a bulldog analog. A lot of anglers just cast it and then swim it back to the boat. But, there is so much more you can get out of this as a musky jigging lure. It has great action when jigged. The rocking motion on the descent is what triggers many bites. Try it as you see Cory demonstrating.

Vibrations Tackle makes a really superb jigging lure called the Echotail. The cool thing about this bait is the volume of different rubber tails you can add to it. The serrated tail section lets you quickly swap out or change rubber tails. The tails will not negatively effect performance, so you are free to go crazy trying different options. This is a very effective almost strictly vertical jigging bait. This lure is really good at triggering fish.

The Molix Spoon designed by Mike Iaconelli is another amazing tool to have in your tackle box. The flutter you get with this spoon on the fall is close to perfect. It drops like a leaf on the wind. Adapted from bass fishing, utilized as a musky jigging lure, the erratic fall of this spoon is great for inactive fish. You will need to give plenty of slack to get the proper flutter. You will see what I am talking about by watching Cory demonstrate.

The last lure Cory discusses is a large safety pin spinner bait. These lures are so versatile and absolutely lethal for jigging. With so many musky bites occurring on the fall of the lure through the water column, the helicopter action of spinner baits is what you are looking for. One caveat is not to use colored blades. You will get far better action from blades that have not been painted. The paint adds a a little extra density that sort of fouls the helicopter action. You can see this in how Cory incorporates a controlled fall. Spinner baits like the one featured are also far less prone to snagging.

The more you vertical jig, the more feel you get for what your baits are doing. When fishing baits deep, you will have more sensitivity about what you bait is doing by feeling it work. Remember, when looking for musky jigging lures, don't just look for baits that say vertical jigging on the box. Don't let the baits tell you what to do with them. You need to tell the baits what to do. Get more out of lures by opening your thinking.

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