Swirl. Whirl. Slurp and munch. Fish are franticly siphoning food from the flow. The bite? Fast and furious. After all… it is last ice.
The sun’s high and bright, and its intense rays are literally liquefying the layer of snow right out from underneath your boot’s cleats. The melt-off’s draw from the still-frozen surface is flowing down through your hole, as well pouring in from the surrounding springs and streams. Within the runoff, miniature morsels of food have been lying in a frozen state since the water first solidified.
It’s the time of year when panfish of all species are treading high in the water column; their dorsal fins literally tickling the lake’s soon-to-be-departed icy shell. The fish—rejuvenated in the warming, freshly-oxygenated water—require more nourishment, and like right now.
The bite is on!
Drop too heavy of a lure, however, and it may plummet past fish before they have a chance to strike. Rather, it’s the season to use baits that descend slowly through the water column, yet still have loads of action. Custom Jigs & Spins’ Nuclear Ant is the perfect jig to poke through the slush of a freshly bored hole when using a lure that lingers is crucial.
The Nuclear Ant’s unique four-legged finesse skirt is what sets this bombshell of a bait apart from others. It’s made of super-soft plastic that let the legs flutter during its unhurried fall. And even more punishing to the fish, its skirt can be switched with fresh Nuclear Ant Legs for quick color changes when the bite suddenly slows. Mix. Match. It’s doesn’t matter.
Two popular sizes in eight color combinations load the line of Nuclear Ants—size 8 and 10 (1/50 and 1/100 ounce, respectfully)—both with double-segmented bodies wrapped around a gold, long-shank hook for added flare. Need more flash yet? Nuclear Ants are also offered in the prized “Precious Metal” series, in glaring gold and silver. And the super-sharp hooks—with eyelet angle set so the jig stands perfectly vertical—are large enough to load up with livebait or soft plastics like Custom Jigs & Spins’ Micro Noodels and Finesse Plastics.
But don’t pull the fuse from your Nuclear Ant arsenal once your favorite panfish waters thaw; they’re great in open water as well, especially when suspended under a bobber or cast out on a fly rod.
So go ahead and drop a nuke this late ice and spring. Custom Jigs & Spins’ Nuclear Ant is fully charged and of weapons grade.
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