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How To Make A Crappie Swim Jig For Bass Fishing

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Swim jigs are beautiful baits. No really, few fishing lures can bedazzle the eye more than a well built, lifelike swim jig!

Simple black, white, and green pumpkin baits have consistently caught fish for years. It’s no question that simple baits can do the job.

But if you want to throw something a little different than what every other angler is throwing…

If you want to fish a bait that you know will get bit

If you want to use baits that realistically match the forage bass are feeding on…

You simply can’t go wrong with a quality swim jig 💊.

Today’s recipe will showcase how you can make a fun swim jig in a crappie color pattern!

Crappie are abundant in many of my local waters, and are a target meal for predatory bass. This swim jig mimics these crappie marvelously!

crappie swim jig on a wood background

Crappie Swim Jig Recipe

👉 Swim Jig Head

Poison Swingtail Jig Mold ($56)
The Poison Swingtail mold continues to be one of the most popular molds that I showcase, and for good reason. Not only is the Poison Swingtail Jig a knockout gorgeous swim jig, but it’s also completely weedless!
It’s the perfect swim jig for the grassy lakes abundant in my neck of the woods 💊.

Wire Form STW130 ($9.35 / 100)
For this build, I will be using the STW130 wire form for the hook eye and for the wire loop that I will be attaching a worm hook to. It’s possible to craft simple swimbait jigs using a connector link and a spinnerbait hook… but that’s a recipe for another day 😉.

White Protec Powder Paint ($8.25)
White powder paint is as basic as it gets. Using Protec here, since it’s easy for me (and every other jig maker) to get a hold of.

Pearl 3D Eyes 5/32″ ($3.26 / 20)
These pearl eyes are very new to me (I use gold eyes and red eyes fairly often). With that said, I love the glisten these pearl eyes give off! It reminds me of the shimmery translucence you typically see on a crappie.

Gamakatsu EWG Worm Hook 2/0 ($4.04 / 6)
Most jigs are built using a jig hook and a weedguard. But since this Poison Swingtail Jig is built using the STW130 wire form, we can attach an EWG worm hook and rig a trailer on weedlessly to create a completely snag-free jig! ðŸĪŊ #gamechanger

👉 Swim Jig Skirt

Silver Danville 210 Denier Flat Waxed Nylon Thread ($2.19)
Historically, I’ve hand tied skirts onto jigs using wire. Recently, I’ve transitioned to hand tying skirts using thread… and it has re-stoked my love for jig tying!

Thread tying gives you so much control, and it’s marvelously therapeutic. I doubt I’ll ever go back to wire tying!

For this build, I built a compact thread collar using silver flat waxed nylon thread. The silver color blends in perfectly with the silicone skirt material.

1 Tab Clear Crystal Blue Shadow Fish Scale Silicone ($3.58)
The bulk of this crappie pattern has this Clear Crystal Blue Shadow Fish Scale material (what a mouthful ðŸĪŠ) on top. In my humble opinion, this skirt material is perfect for mimicking the mottled blue/green/translucent color that you typically see on the top of a crappie.

1/2 Tab Clear Crystal Silicone ($2.78)
To build the belly color of this swim jig, I started with a 1/2 tab of this clear crystal silicone material. This material not only gives us a nice translucence, it also gives the belly a nice speckled pepper look!

1/2 Tab Solid White Silicone ($3.18)
Finishing up this crappie pattern, I tied in a 1/2 tab of solid white silicone material on the belly. This material will lay behind the clear crystal material, and will provide that solid white belly color that we want.


Want to learn more about lure making?

Then check out the fantastic tutorials and lure recipes below. These teach you everything you need to know about making your own jigs, spinnerbaits, and even soft baits!

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