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When fish aren’t biting a whole lot, you’ll want to use something that doesn’t have a crazy amount of action. That’s where the Twin-Tail comes into play and it’s one of the more versatile baits on the market. In this post, I’m going to be talking about my favorite colors to use, all the ways you can rig them, and the best way to fish the Twin-Tail grub.
The great thing about this bait is that you can fish it a number of ways. You can put it on pretty much every jig out there, you can use it on a standard hook, and you can even cut it down for smaller fish. Everything I’m going to be talking about is from my own personal experience. I’m not saying it’ll work the best for you but it’s been really effective for me.
When To Use The Twin Tail
The Twin-Tail grub is one of the most popular trailers on the market because it can be used in almost all conditions and you can attach it to pretty much everything. If you’re using any sort of jig then this is probably the trailer you’ll want to use.
The first time I like to use it when the bite is slow. There are other trailers out there that have a lot more action and there are some that have a lot less. The Twin-Tail is somewhere in the middle and seems to have the perfect amount of action when the bass is picking and choosing what they want to eat.
The best time to use the Twin-Tail is when you’re using a jig. It’ll be perfect at the end of a swim, finesse, football, or blade jig. The body of the grub will sort of be imitating a baitfish and then the tails could look something like a crawfish. You can also use them on a wobble head or texas rig.
Another thing I’ve done in the past is cut them down and used them for crappie. Using a whole one might be a little big but if you cut one in half and toss it on a 1/16 oz jig head, it has landed me a number of crappies.
What Color Catches The Most
There are a number of different colors you can pick from and they do all work. A lot of it will depend on where you’re fishing and what the food source is. If there are a lot of shiners swimming around then you might want to pick something similar. If there are a lot of crawfish, you might want something that resembles that.
My favorite color Twin-Tail to use is the green pumpkin grub. Anytime I’m fishing I like to keep things as natural as possible because it’s what the fish are already used to. Dark green, brown, black, and white are all solid colors for pretty much any fish out there. I do prefer the green pumpkin though when it comes to bass.
How To Rig A Strike King Twin Tail
There are a number of different ways to fish the Twin-Tail and that’s why so many people use it. I wouldn’t say one method catches more fish because it’ll all depend on the area and time of year. It’s probably going to be something you’ll have to experiment with but I’ll be showing you how to rig up a few of my favorite setups.
Option 1: Swim/Finesse/Football Jig.
If you’re using any type of jig, you’ll want to attach some sort of trailer. The Twin-Tail could be a perfect option. It’ll add some weight to help with casting and it’ll give more action as you bounce it off the bottom.
The first thing you’ll want to do is put the hook through the face of the grub. Make sure it goes in the very center, otherwise, you might get some weird action with it.
The next step is to take the grub and push slide it onto the hook until you reach the bend. After that, you’ll want to poke the hook out the top of the grub. Make sure you have the grub on the hook straight.
You can then start working the grub up the hook and make sure it’s on there straight.
Option 2: Jig Head.
This is the most straightforward way to fish these grubs and it still works really well. Sometimes when I’m fishing for crappie I’ll cut the grub in half and then rig it up with a jig head. It’ll still work well for bass though.
The first step is to take the hook and put it through the center of the face. Again, make sure it’s the center so you don’t get some wacky action in the water.
Push the grub onto the hook until you reach the bend. Bring the hook out the top of the grub and work the grub up the hook until it reaches the jig head.
Option 3: Weighted Hook.
Sometimes having the weight below the grub can work a bit better than having it at the nose. It’ll just give it a different presentation that the fish might not be used to.
The first thing you’ll want to do is put the hook through the face of the grub and poke it out the bottom when you reach the bend.
Remove the hook from the grub. Put the eye of the hook through the bottom hole and bring it out the face.
Take the hook and poke it through the bottom of the grub. Make sure it’s in the center. The hook should be buried in the grub to make it weedless.
If you do have a weighted hook that has a screw in it I’d recommend that. It won’t rip the grub as much and is a bit easier. I didn’t have one and that’s why I didn’t show it. All you have to do is screw it into the face and then poke the hook in.
How To Fish A Strike King Twin Tail
I’m sure there are a number of different ways to fish the Twin-Tail and I’m sure all of them catch fish. The main method I’ve used to catch fish with these has been fishing it along the bottom. I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s designed for. Here’s what I like to do:
- Cast it out as far as you can and let it sink to the bottom (if you’re fishing an area with lots of weeds, trees, or whatever, you’ll want to rig it up weedless).
- Let it sit on the bottom for a couple of seconds. You’ll then want to lift your lure off the bottom. You can simply raise your rod tip up or you can twitch your rod one to three times.
- Let your lure float back to the bottom, reel in your slack, and repeat until you have it back to the boat.
You might have to experiment a bit with how much you lift your rod tip but normally you don’t need to give it a whole lot of action. That’s pretty much it. It’s a really simple method but it straight-up works.
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