Sidewinder’s Peacock Bass Rattle Jig - Tips
Get the most out of your Peacock Bass Rattle Jig — First off, not all jigs are created equal. Sidewinder’s Peacock Bass Rattle Jig is the original peacock bass rattle jig and has been evolving and improving since the day it was first used. It boasts the strongest hook available in a ½ ounce jig and has the most carefully defined set of visual parameters of any peacock bass jig. Whether you buy it ready-made or use our materials kit and tying instructions to make your own, you will be more successful with this superior jig.
Avoid Flimsy Jigs - Tying your own? Don't use commercial jig heads with undersized, under-strength hooks. They might be great for small fish but when the big one hits, they will break your heart soon after the strike. Use only jigs with the hooks furnished with the "Peacock Rattle Jig". Or if you like, buy the parts from Tackle-box.net and tie your own.
Use braided line - For the most successful presentation and especially for ensuring a solid hookset, use only braided line. The peacock's hard, bony mouth and sudden violent attack makes monofilament's excessive stretch a disadvantage for the angler. A medium-light spinning rod or medium baitcaster with 30 pound test braid is a good combination.
Use double line for the first 6 inches — A big peacock will generally engulf the jig entirely, leaving the braided line it’s tied to in contact with the fish’s raspy teeth once you’ve set the hook. During the fight, big peacocks will usually make multiple runs, changing direction each time and further abrading the line. Anglers can actually feel the vibration and sense the stress on the line. After enough turns or enough rubbing, the line may part, leaving that horribly empty feeling in the pit of an angler’s stomach when he knows his trophy is irrevocably gone. So, tie a short length of double line for the first 6 inches (you can make a short bimini twist or a use a short length of the tag end after a palomar knot, held in position with a lock knot — or just let our guides tie it on for you). The double line won’t make your rig any stronger or allow you to start horsing a big fish; it will simply provide an extra level of assurance against abrasion and may save that trophy fish for you. Be sure to inspect the line afterward and retie if necessary.
Set the hook! - Peacock bass have hard, bony mouths. You must set the hook effectively. To do this you will have to sweep or jerk your rod quickly and forcefully away from the fish. You must always be in a ready position. Your rod must be in front of you at all times. Don't let your rod get behind you - you will simply have no range of motion and no place to go to set the hook.
It is always to the angler's advantage to work the rod down toward the water to initiate the stripping action. Sometimes however, its just not possible. This may be a problem for shorter anglers, for casting ahead or behind yourself or for fishing without a boat. In these cases it may be necessary to work from side-to-side, as shown in the diagram below. These situations make it especially important to not allow the rod to get into a position where you cannot set the hook.
In ‘ the diagram above, position 1 represents the rod at initiation of the strip. Position 2 is the transition, loading the rod during the strip. Position 3 is the end of the strip and the farthest from a straight line that you should be at completion of the rip. At this point, you must rapidly recover line while moving your rod back to position 1. It's never a good idea to work the rod upward. Never let yourself get further than 90 degrees from a straight line when ripping the jig, as in the red position. You need to reserve that space for setting the hook. Peacocks almost always strike as the jig accelerates, so you will likely feel the strike in position 2. From here, you have plenty of room to sweep the rod back through the blue 90 degree point and all the way to the red position. With a good quality braided line, this will ensure a good hookset.
Whatever the fishing circumstance and whatever your level of experience, there is one cardinal rule. Upon the strike, pound the hook in and then enjoy the incredible fight of the world's greatest gamefish - the peacock bass.
Big baits provide a higher percentage of big fish, up to a point - The peacock jig's unusual tailed configuration helps it to provide a large profile while it's bucktail trim provides a very effective pulsing motion. It will catch any peacock, from the smallest to the largest. Peacocks won't hesitate to attack anything they think they can swallow, so the little guys won't be put off by a big jig. In fact, it appears to them to be a most attractive meal, justifying the expenditure of energy to hunt it down. This is even more applicable to the big ones. Big fish really do seek big baits. Although little jigs may catch plenty of numbers, they can't produce the higher percentage of trophy fish that a large profile Peacock Rattle Jig will bring in. Energy is at a premium in the hot tropics - don't waste yours casting lower-percentage baits. The large profile peacock Bass Rattle Jig will justify the energy you use to cast it, just as it justifies the energy a peacock uses to strike it. One caution however. Pursuing a large profile can go too far. Even extra large bucktail, such as we use on the peacock rattle jig has its limits. Some who copy our jig go beyond that, extending the tail so far that it creates the perception of a second baitfish. The result is that peacocks will often strike the tail of these improperly designed jigs, perceiving it to be a closer, more easily accessed bait. Of course, the hook is in the head, so these short strikes will not only be frustrating, but will actually diminish your catch numbers.
Make sure your bait is seen and heard - The built-in rattle and judiciously applied flash ensure that it's seen and heard as much as possible. Jigs with fewer attractor characteristics just won't be sensed as often by peacocks. A highly visible, noisy jig will provide a better return on your casting effort. Don't hide your lure. If the fish don't know its there, they won't strike it. The Peacock Rattle Jig comes in a variety of patterns. Red-Yellow and Red-White are generally the best colors for dark or stained water. In clear water, almost any color combination can work at various times. For this reason, your arsenal should include a preponderance of the two dark water patterns and then a wide range of one or two each of the various clear water colors.
Don’t buy crappy jigs — Over the years, many have attempted to copy Sidewinder’s Peacock Bass Rattle Jig. Some of them actually look pretty good, with painted heads, cutsey eyes and super long tails. But those attractors are designed to get the angler’s attention, not the fish’s. Sidewinder’s jig is made with many subtle differences from the these copies and will unequivocally work better, hold up better and save you from losing that trophy once you’ve hooked it. You’ve spent a lot of money to get to where the fish are; don’t cheat yourself out of your potential success by using substandard gear. Sidewinder’s Peacock Bass Rattle jig is available only at Tackle-box.net or in any of Acute Angling’s operations.