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Tip of the Week: When in doubt, throw a swim jig

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Ohio-born Bassmaster Elite pro Bill Lowen now calls Brookville, Ind., home. Years of fishing the Ohio River earned Lowen the reputation of being one of the tour’s best shallow water anglers. His favorite tool for pulling keepers from shallow water cover is a swim jig. Lowen shared what he calls the “best tip ever” on media day at the Bassmaster Classic, held this year on Lake Conroe near Houston, Texas.


“Throw a swim jig!” was Lowen’s emphatic exclamation.


Don’t look for any secret formula from this consistent angler. Lowen keeps it simple, and effective. He uses a 1⁄4-ounce jig 90 percent of the time. The exception is when fishing his swim jig over submerged grass. He throws a 3⁄8-ounce model in this scenario. His three colors are white, black/blue, and green pumpkin. He does like to add a smidgen of tinsel or flash-a-bou for extra flash.


Lowen’s swim jig delivery system is very specific. He spools 30-pound test braid on his baitcaster that has a 7:4/1 retrieve ratio. The rod is his signatue 7- foot, 6-inch flippin’ rod with a soft tip.


Lowen’s favorite swim jig water has good clarity even if it is highly pressured.


“I believe the subtle, natural action of a swim jig will get me solid bites fishing behind guys in pressured waters,” says the pro.


Lowen’s final installment of the best tip ever?


“Just remember that whatever you would do with a spinnerbait, do the same thing with a swim jig,” he said.

– Doug Clifford

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