The pork frog is a heavy favorite among winter and springtime jig fishermen. Pork adds bulk as well as buoyancy to the bait, plus it has a texture that bass tends to clamp down on. Spinnerbait trailers come to an assortment of types. The twin-tail plastic trailer adds to the action of the lure, while at the same time making it appear larger as it moves through the water.
Bass fishermen are always looking for ways to make their lures more attractive to the sprightly largemouth. We paint our crankbaits, swap blades and skirts on our spinnerbaits and occasionally add weight to our jerk baits. We’ve even been known to go so far as to hang our buzz baits on the rearview mirror on our vehicles, so the constant rush of wind will cause the blade to spin constantly, ultimately creating a wallowed out connection and high pitched squeak that otherwise can only be attained after years of use.
Another popular way to modify bass lures, primarily jigs and spinnerbaits, is to add a trailer. Not only does a trailer make a lure appear more bulky, but it also enhances its action.
Trailers come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors. Various materials have been used to construct trailers, but the two that consistently produce the best results are soft plastic and pork.
And rest assured, there is a time to use both.
Like most serious anglers, I prefer to use pork trailers during the winter and early spring months. Pork is bulkier than plastic and therefore dictates the slow fall that’s conducive to catching lethargic bass in cold water. Plus, pork has a meaty texture, which I believe makes the bass hold onto a bait much longer.
As mentioned earlier, pork trailers come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Here’s a breakdown of this family of bass baits and how I’ll utilize them throughout the big bass season.
The pork frog is without a doubt the most popular form of pork trailer. It has twin tails that stem off the thicker head and naturally simulates the action of a frog. I’ll use it primarily in combination with jigs, but occasionally with spinnerbaits.
Pork frogs are available in a rainbow assortment of colors ranging from olive to pink, and they also come in a variety of sizes. Blacks, blues, greens, and browns are by far the most popular colors around the country. But the best size can vary, depending heavily on how and where the fish are positioned.
I prefer a big pork frog-like Strike Kings Bo-Hawg, Sr. during the cold winter months as well as during early spring. The bait measures about 3 1/2 inches in length and two inches across. Matched with a 1/2-ounce or 5/16-ounce jig, this trailer produces a deadly combination when the fish are suspended in that it enables the bait to fall extremely slow. Plus, it presents a big target.
The smaller Bo-Hawg, Jr., which measures about three inches in length and one inch across, might come in handy when the bass are bottom-oriented, and a faster fall is desired.
Single Strand Trailers
Up until now I’ve pretty much-slanted pork trailers towards use with jigs. But rest assured, they’ll also work wonders on spinnerbaits.
As is the case when combined with jigs, pork trailers like the Pigtail will make a spinnerbait more buoyant (pro anglers say it gives the bait more lift), which in turn allows you to slow down the speed of the retrieve considerably. The Pigtail is smaller than the Bo-Hawg, Jr, but yields substantially more action via its curly tail.
If I had to pick one, though, my favorite spinnerbait trailer would probably be the Bo-Hawg Leech. The leech doesn’t look like much out of the water. But pull it through the water, and its single flapper puts on a show as it paddles along.
Now, don’t be mislead here. The single-tail trailer isn’t the only choice for spinnerbaits. The twin-tail pork frog also can be deadly medicine on the heels of spinnerbait, particularly when you need a little extra lift to keep the bait slowed down in the suspended strike zone.
Some pork baits are intended to be used exclusively as trailers, whereas others are dual purpose and can be equally effective when fished alone. One that falls into the latter category is the Bo-Hawg Pork Liz.
Measuring 1/2-inch wide and five-inches in length, the Pork Liz is designed to imitate a lizard. It can be Carolina-rigged or fished Texas-style and often will catch fish behind other boats, mainly because it possesses somewhat different characteristics than the soft plastic lizards the fish may have grown accustomed to seeing.
The Pork Liz also can be fished alone on a Lightning Strike hook. These hooks have a skirt attached to the head, which gives the bait the big bass appeal of the jig and the suspended qualities of a soft plastic jerk bait. The pulsating action of the skirt drives the fish crazy.
Still another pork lure you might want to try is the Pork-O, particularly during the spring months. Like the Pork Liz, it too can be used as a jig or spinnerbait trailer. But its biggest attribute is the action it displays when fished like a Slug-Go, Big Gun or myriad other soft plastic jerk baits.