Fish Talk – Tail Up or Tail Down

Hiya folks,

What I want to talk about today is the good old twister tail or the curly-tail grub. It’s probably one of the best, most universal soft plastic killer baits for all species of fish. The smaller size (the one-, two-, three-inches) are deadly on panfish. You use a three-, four-, five-inch curly-tail? Absolutely magnificent for Walleye, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. Then when you get up into the nine-, ten-, eleven-inch (or even bigger) curly-tails—you put those on a big jig or a spinnerbait or an inline spinner? Magnificent for muskies, Northern Pike and Lake Trout.

But the big question is “Should I rig the curly-tail so it’s down or should I rig it so the tail’s up?” Now, most of the time we’re putting it on a jig. I prefer to have the tail down because then it doesn’t get caught in the jig and you don’t miss fish. On the other hand, though, if you rig it with the tail up, you get much more of that exaggerated side-to-side motion.

Try it both ways let the fish tell you what they want most today.

Happy Fish’n,Gord “The Doc” Pyzer

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