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Thursday, January 31, 2008

• Skirt Trimming

I don't want to give a how-to on trimming skirts. I'm not a firm believer in it. However, I will let you in on my thoughts on the subject. Trimming skirts on jigs and spinnerbaits has become something a lot of anglers are convinced we all should be doing. We've been talked into the idea that bass are going to hit just short of the hook if the skirt is too long. You do change the rhythm and action of the strands if you trim the skirt. I'll give it that. Otherwise, I can't justify trimming a skirt under the impression that it will prevent short hits. I'm not alone on this. In fact, there is a rather extensive article on the Bassdozer web site and that guy has come to the same conclusion. There just isn't a noticeable difference. I don't trim them much anymore.

I only trim spinnerbaits if the profile looks too narrow or the strands clump together more than they should at the ends. The Walmart $1 spinnerbaits have that problem. If you do want to trim a spinnerbait, I would trim it just beneath the bend in the hook. The skirt will fan out more. Again, I don't feel it has anything to do with short strikes. I feel that it doesn't make a difference. If you feel like it does, by all means, trim away. Confidence in a bait does more for you than any online advice any day.

When talking about jigs, I have a different take. I do like trimming the skirts on jigs. Granted I haven't caught a bass on a skirted jig yet, but the appearance in the water is slightly different. To me, an untrimmed skirt looks like it has more bulk and by trimming it down some, the strands fan out away from the hook allowing a lot more action with the flow of water around it. The appearance will also vary depending on jig head and hook design. I don't trim the skirt quite as close to the hook as some might with a spinnerbait. I hold it over a trash can and eyeball where it looks like I think I should cut. I usually like a skirt to flare out away from my jig trailer and not conceal too much. Trim the skirt to get your desired amount of flare or bulk and feel free to experiment. Trimming the skirt at an angle will cause it to flare up and out as it falls for example.

Just try not to make a mess.

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HellaBass said...

I concur, I trim all my jig skirts, it adds action and flare to the skirts when done correctly, never even thought about trimming a spinnerbait much...