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Video Site is up and running. If you have hi-speed
here to see some great short fishing video clips. We've
added a few new UNDERWATER Videos
Hilltop Cottages, Tent and Trailer Park is located in
Deux Rivieres, Ontario along the Ottawa River on Hwy 17. Our
services include family camping, housekeeping cabin rentals,
service trailer sites, live bait and tackle, hunting, fishing
Papa Johns Cottages
- Pickerel (Walleye), SM Bass, Pike, Lake
Trout and Whitefish. Fish Herridge Lake, or take a wilderness
day trip in our Back lake fishing packages. We have placed
Boats, motors and gas on a chain of remote lakes accessible by
short portages off the home lake. Great fishing, Beautiful
Pipestone Point Resort
- Welcome to
Resort. A wilderness retreat. An environment to
serenity.Surrounded by some of the greatest hunting and fishing.
The waters of the Walleye, Bass,Lake Trout, Northern and Muskie.
Situated on a beautiful peninsula,
Pipestone Point Resort
offers unlimited exploration opportunities by land or water.
65,000 miles of shoreline, 14,000 islands, and countless bays
make for a remote and tranquil setting.
Auld Reekie Lodge
- Whether you pamper yourself with our
full meal plan and the ultimate in comfort in one of our 6
luxury suites, or stay in a fully equipped 4 star cottage where
you can cook your own meals, at Auld
Reekie Lodge we feel
we've got everything you're looking for and more. Auld
Reekie Lodge, as
featured on the Canadian Sportsfishing Show, is a true escape in
the beauty of Northern Ontario's wilderness.
Shoal Lake Lodge
- All new quality accommodations will
include six individual cottages, the Lodge/Dining Hall,
Recreation Room and out buildings. Our specialty is Northern
Pike and Small and Largemouth Bass fishing. Northern Pike
fishing is simply fabulous both in number and size.
Shoal Lake is rated by
Ontario out of Doors as the #1 drive to pike
lake in Ontario.
Lost Lake Wilderness
Lodge - Wilderness retreat near
the villages of Elk Lake
and Gowganda, Ontario awaits you for your next holiday. We
provide a clean full facility private cottages in a gorgeous
setting. Provide all the opportunity to relax and have a
memorable vacation. Of course we'll be there if you need us to
provide you with bait for your fishing trip, or to cook your
meals if you are on our American Plan package. Maybe just to
chat about the area or maybe find where the BIG fish are hiding!
Outfitters - Black
Creek Outfitters is located in the beautiful
Mississagi River Valley in Algoma Country. We offer fishing,
hunting, ATV riding, snowmobiling & newly renovated housekeeping
Lake Resort -
Summer or winter our cabins are winterized have a full kitchen,
running water and a personal dock. Choose from either
housekeeping or American plan. We also have boat and motor
rentals. Fish our main lake
system for trout, walleye, pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Our resort also offers quiet back-lake
retreats. We have many activities such as hiking, snowmobiling,
swimming in the sparkling-clean water of
Lake or relaxing in
the hot tub. Don't forget to bring your camera!
"Tweak Your Jig and Pig for Optimum Results"
By Justin Hoffman
jig and pig is a classic bait that catches a ton of largemouth bass.
It offers the angler versatility because it can be used with so many
different techniques and tactics….from flippin' to pitchin' and
docks to slop. They've accounted for many of my biggest largemouth
over the years, and are the only bait I turn to when a tournament
win is on the line.
Although there is a wealth of information on how to
use a flipping jig, there is very little guidance on how to "spruce
up" or improve this bait straight out of the package. Follow me as I
share the tips that have helped me put more and bigger bass in the
Choosing the Perfect Bait
There are literally hundreds of styles and varieties of flipping
jigs currently on the market. Although some variations may seem
miniscule, they can mean the difference between catching a fish and
losing one. Here are some suggestions on how to select a flipping
1. Wide gap hooks are a top priority in my books.
Penetration will be easier and faster with this design, and hooking
fish (and keeping fish hooked) will be much simpler.
2. Choose a brand of flipping jig that has
"ready-sharpened" hooks. Going this route will ensure that your hook
point is always razor sharp, equating to more fish in the boat. (It
also saves time when out on the water by not having to stop to touch
up a dull hook point.) Excalibur, Owner and Gamakatsu make
dependable and sharp hooks that have worked well for me.
3. Pick a flipping jig that has a rattle chamber.
This sound source will call fish in from greater distances, and will
mimic the sounds that a crayfish makes. It's like a dinner bell for
4. High-quality, life-like, living rubber skirts are
my favourites. Tri-colour skirts are a great choice, allowing bass a
wider range of colour options to tease them into striking.
5. Lead head options are quite varied. Choose two or
three styles (line through head, cone shape or flat head) and
experiment using different fishing conditions. Cone-shaped heads are
great for penetrating weeds, while flat heads excel in rock and
Now that you've discovered what to look for when choosing a
flipping jig, tweaking it to make it work even better is the next
The first thing I do when dealing with a new
flipping jig is to slightly bend the gap of the hook outwards. This
is achieved with a pair of pliers, and will give the hook an
increase in penetration and better leverage when a hookset is
executed. (Somewhere in the range of a centimetre or so will be
It's now time to look to the weed guard. No matter
what type or style of flipping jig you purchase, each one will come
with a weed guard that is far too long and equally as thick. Left in
this state, hooksets will become harder.
The first step is to take a pair of scissors and cut
the length of weed guard down so that is rests slightly below the
point of the hook. With the same scissors, I then proceed to thin
out the guard by cutting off individual bristles at the base of the
jig head. I will continue this until I am left with between eight
and 12 bristles - - more than enough for any situation you will
encounter out on the water.
The last trick is to fan and bend the weed guard out
and away from the hook. This will deflect weeds with ease, while
also allowing perfect hooksets.
Flipping jig skirts also seem to be a little too
long out of the package for my liking. I've purchased some that have
completely disguised my trailer once added to the hook! For the best
effect and action, I prefer the skirt to fall approximately 1-inch
below the bend of the hook. If you haven't guessed it - get those
scissors back out and start cutting!
Rattle chambers play a valuable part role when using
a flipping jig, yet they can easily slide and fall off the shank of
the hook, rendering them useless. In order to fasten the rattle
securely, I like to place a few drops of "Super Glue" along the
plastic chamber to bind it permanently to the hook.
Super Glue is also invaluable for attaching plastic
trailers to your jigs. By running a few beads of glue along the
shank of the hook and sliding your plastic trailer on, the fish will
have less chance of pulling or twisting the rubber off, meaning more
time fishing and less time replacing the "pig."
Tweaking Your Trailer
Regardless of whether you prefer plastic or pork trailers, there
are a few tricks you can use to add effectiveness to your
1. Cut "slats" horizontally along the body of the trailer to give
increased action and added vibration.
2. Increase the rate of drop to your bait by using a hole punch to
modify the plastic or pork trailer.
3. Commercial colourants can be bought to dip your trailer. This can
be done while out on the water, allowing an angler to change from
brown claws to red claws in the blink of an eye.
4. For murky water, add a small rattle chamber into the body of your
plastic for increased sound. Even if you jig has a built-in chamber,
this extra addition can often prove invaluable.
5. Coat all of your trailers heavily with a commercial fish scent.
Flipping jigs remain high on my list as effective largemouth bass
lures. Although they may look fish-ready straight out of the
package, tweaking and altering their appearance can make them even
better baits. Have fun experimenting!