Video: how to hook winter bass in AZ with a “J rig”

Meet the “J Rig.”

Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, has been having tons of success catching largemouth bass with this J rig that includes No. 1 or 1/0 hook,  an O-ring, a 3/16-ounce dropshot weight, and a plastic bait such as a purple Roboworm.

This video from his YouTube channel Fishing with Gary Senft,  shot this month at Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest, is 25 minutes long … but components of the rig are explained within the first couple minutes. A little studying could lead to some decent weekend bass action.

“This rig is a little different in that it’s letting that worm ride up a little higher and so it’s straighter,” Senft said. “There’s something about a worm standing straight up that fish like, and that’s what this rig does.”

Heavy rains = good news for desert impoundments

Heavy rains have helped replenish many desert lakes (Roosevelt Lake is up 14 feet during the past month) and likely knocked nutrients, bugs, creatures and worms into the water.

There are  70-degree highs and calm winds forecast in desert regions this weekend. Yep, it’s time to get a good winter bass rig ready. Consider adding the J rig to your winter bass fishing arsenal.

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One thought on “Video: how to hook winter bass in AZ with a “J rig””

  1. Barry,

    An interesting video showing Bartlett Lake that is about an hour from here via a gorgeous winding mountain road. It has been extremely low but with the rains and snow in the north has come up quite a bit since this video was made We could fish it from shore in certain areas but it’s best from a bass yacht. Better head down to Bass Pro and git wun. Only $349 a month for life wid evathing ‘cept the Johnny Morris gear. This guy works at our local Bass Pro. S . >

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