Shade, shelter and feeding opportunities; it’s no wonder bass don’t want to leave their docks. You pluck a few from the perimeters with moving baits and maybe flip a couple off those outside posts, but consistency hinges on your ability to take it to ’em. 

In a word, that means “skipping.”

Bass pro Andy Montgomery, of Blacksburg, S.C., tempts his dock bass with a Strike King Tour Grade Skipping Jig fitted with a 4-inch Rage Bug. The jig’s 60-count silicone skirt provides lots of flare, and the flat-sided head skips like a wet stone. But ever the picky perfectionist, Montgomery gives each one a cosmetic makeover.

• Check the skirt. Pieces move in the package, so he make sure it’s straight and even.

• No clumping. Gently rubbing the skirt fibers in a downward motion eliminates the sticking that can mar a presentation.

“I want the skirt even, because I don’t want it to fall to one side or the other,” Montgomery said.

• At little trim. Full skirts can impede skipping through excessive water drag, so Montgomery gather the skirt between his fingers and cut off about 1/8-inch. He’ll do so in three to four equal cuts to make sure his jig skirt bears an even edge on a compact package that allows plenty of action from his Rage Bug.     

• Plastic tactic. For optimal efficiency, Montgomery bites four segments off his trailer’s tail end. A shorter trailer means a more compact profile with a better skipping motion. Also, this adjustment ensures that his hook comes out just above the trailer’s eyes — ideal for putting the point closer to the fish and thereby increasing hook-up success.

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