The bulkier the bait, the harder it is to skip. This rod is very lightweight, which I really enjoy. Designed by Bassmaster Elite Series pro, Hank Cherry, who is renowned for his ability to skip jigs where big bass take cover. The spawn usually lasts about a month from the very beginning to the end and will begin and end at slightly different times in different areas of the lake. The main time frame for skipping is in the springtime around the spawn. I know I'm catching these fish by surprise because I've been getting a bunch of bites on the fall while testing this rod. There are dozens of different head shapes and designs to choose from, so the process can get a bit daunting at times. It definitely gets the most attention from everyone that comes into my shop. The Daiwa Elite Skippin' Jig rod is listed as a 7-foot, 1-inch heavy-action rod, but don't let the word "heavy" make you think it's some sort of clunky broomstick. There’s a huge advantage to getting a jig to sink down right in front of a bass that’s sitting under a dock. But, spinning rods are the easiest to start skipping with and they’re preference for light weight baits. If you need to sling a bait underneath a boat dock, a bush, willow trees or any other type of overhanging cover, you'll want to this rod. Even if you're not very good at skipping docks, I feel like this rod could increase both your confidence and success in just a few days.Â. It skips really well and again has a screw lock to keep the plastic up. I know I've talked a lot about the lighter tip and the accuracy of this rod, but don't think for a minute that it won't cross some eyes when it's time to set the hook. I use a Dobyns Champion 734c with a Quantum Smoke 100, braid/fluoro (depending on water clarity), and 1/2oz jigs 99% of the time. 181 Suburban Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, © Tackle Warehouse LLC. Molded with a recessed line tie for fewer hang-ups and features our superior quality custom Japanese hook to ensure excellent hook penetration and needed strength to land the giants. • Look at a map or use Google Earth to find docks in a creek arm or adjacent to deep water. Guide Services "Triton" Mike's Spot Country Guide Service. My buddies love to swing by my shop and talk fishing in the evenings. Zona prefers a 3/8- to 1/2-ounce Strike King Structure Jig trailered with a Rage Craw over any other combination. In simpler terms, you're going to get a solid hook in the fish nearly every single time you swing on 'em. “The way the back of the head tapers to the nose and how the hook positions the trailer makes it … Tim shows the 4 combos and the baits he uses for dock fishing. But heck, if I can find a rod that performs flawlessly and it looks good, I'm all for it. Either way, it does have the perfect amount of tip for skipping baits underneath cover. 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