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Over 65 years ago, the first marabou jigs took the world by storm.
Inspired by the marabou streamers fly fishermen used to catch trout, jig makers in the 1950s began tying marabou feathers onto traditional lead head jigs.
These “marabou jigs” flowed gently underwater with the lightest of current, offering an extremely natural presentation to any fishy predator lurking nearby. Armed with this new presentation, anglers began using these jigs nationwide to catch trout, bass, crappie, and even walleye!
Fast forward to today, and you see many anglers replacing timeless lures like the marabou jig with newer, flasher baits. For instance, baits like the Chatterbait and the Huddleston Swimbait have become the darlings of the bass tackle industry. This has driven the marabou jig into relative obscurity with the general bass fishing population.
Marabou Jigs Are Still Deadly
Be that as it may, don’t be deceived. Marabou jigs are still just as deadly as they were 65 years ago!
In the U.S. Northwest, anglers still use marabou jigs to catch beautiful steelhead and trout.
In the midwest, panfish anglers continue to hook giant slab crappie with these jigs.
In the northern states, marabou jigs still reign as one of the most effective baits for catching big bronze smallmouth bass!
The point is this – with marabou jigs in your arsenal, you will catch more fish. #nuffsaid
Marabou has some of the best action in the jig game. These feathers are soft and fluffy when dry, but compress into a super sleek minnow profile once the jig is underwater. Additionally, the marabou gently flows and undulates with the slightest water movement. These characteristics make marabou one of the deadliest materials for finesse fishing, no matter the species.
Today’s lure recipe showcases one of these jigs, in a black and chartreuse color pattern that is effective for all freshwater species. Bass, trout, walleye, and crappie beware!
Additionally, though marabou jigs are especially effective in the cold winter months, you can catch fish with this jig all year round!
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