Virginia Tackle Maker Says: Go Big or Go Home!

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Bigger is better. Sometimes. At least bigger can be better when targeting trophy-sized largemouth bass.

That is the thinking behind the new Missile Baits Monster Jig. John Crews, Bassmaster Elite Series champion angler, is the owner of Salem-based Missile.

“This is the one ounce, there’s a one and half ounce, too,” said Crews as he held up the jig with a 7-and-a-half-inch craw trailer attached. “It has a ten-aught hook, huge skirt, it is monstrous.”

The new Monster Jig from Missile Baits (Photo: George Noleff)
The new Monster Jig from Missile Baits (Photo: George Noleff)

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Going big can make sense for trophy bass. Because of their size, big bass are often on the hunt for a big calorie payoff with minimal exertion. Putting a big bait in front of them can, at times, be more effective than smaller bait for triggering a strike.

Crews plan to have a monster jig set up as part of his repertoire when the Bassmaster Elite Series season opens at Toledo Bend on the Texas-Louisiana border in late February.

“You want to get out there and get the biggest bite,” said Crews. “I’m going to have one of these things tied on, and sure enough, hopefully, everything is bigger in Texas, including the jigs and including the bass in my livewell.”

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