& Silicon Skirt
or Weed Head
About Uncle Josh: Uncle Josh is among the oldest
lure manufacturers, with production beginning in the 1920's. Started by Alan P.
Jones an avid fisherman and owner of the Jones Dairy Farm. While fishing for
bass Alan realized the potential of fishing with live frogs, but soon found that
as frogs became more and more scarce he no longer was able to practice his
favorite bass fishing techniques. It was then that Alan began searching for the
perfect material in which to create realistic looking frog lures. Since he was
already in the meat packing business he soon discovered that pork rind was just
the thing. Today Uncle Josh's considerable lineup of products includes the pork
frogs that made them famous, catfish and carp baits, pork worms sea rind baits,
preserved baits, and now jigs!
Uncle Josh makes the new Pork Jig
with either a weed cutting head (shown) and a flattened flippin' head
Impressions: A jig, is a jig, is a jig....right? Uncle Josh doesn't think
so, and their new Pork Jig proves to be quite inimitable. In the past, one of the
chief reasons that plastic pork-like frogs are used is because they are easier
to rig and remove from jigs than traditional pork. Standard porks in bygone years came with no pre-cut
hole, and were a nightmare to remove at the end of the day. Frustrated anglers
tired of wrestling the pork past the barb found themselves relegated to cutting them off.
This is no longer an issue with Uncle Josh's complete jig & pig system. The Porks are already pre-slit for easy utilization with spoons, spinners, and jigs.
Uncle Josh's new Pork Jig
looks like a traditional jig with the exception of an innovative "FastClip" Pork System that
allows anglers to switch porks in seconds, thanks to the extended trailer wire. This
system is easy to use, but we wondered if the placement of the pork so much
further back from the main hook would affect performance. Our concerns were soon
put to rest once the Uncle Josh Pork Jig underwent field testing.
Uncle Josh is perhaps most famous
for their pork jigs, which now come in a colossal assortment of color and size
Field Tests: We tested the Uncle Josh Pork Jig on two lakes, one of which
offered crystal clear water clarity, and another with 2-3ft viability is stained
water. We tested using a variety of techniques but focused primarily on flipping
for fishing the Uncle Josh Pork Jig
Kistler Delta Flip n Pitch|
lb. Power Pro Braid|
jigs far is fairly easy as they are well weighted, especially when sporting an
additional trailer, but this is not the way most anglers choose to fish these lures. Jigs
are not the superlative lures for searching out fish and definitely catch more fish
when pitched rather than retrieved, simply because positioning and presentation
are key to fishing a jig successfully. The Uncle Josh Pork Jig comes with a
beefy brush guard and two head options: a sharper weed head, good for cutting
through plants, or a flatter flippin head, ideal for bumping against woody and
rocky structure. Learning how to toss this bait short distances, but accurately,
takes both time and patience, but once you become an accomplished flip and pitch
angler you will discover it to be among the fastest ways to pull fish right out
of shoreline structure. The extended fastclip pork system actually gives the Jig
a bigger presence, and a nice falling motion with the right sized pork. Accuracy
and repetitive casts are key to fishing this lure with success.
Uncle Josh Porks are among the
best trailers on the market, and a proven pro favorite for adding that extra
edge in search of big bass
Retrieving: Adding a pork to your jig can make a real difference in
the quality of fish boated, many pro anglers believe that a pork increases the
bait's substance, and thus makes it that much more attractive to big bass. For
years jig fisherman turned to porks, but recent plastic introductions have
provided anglers with another alternative. While plastics are easier to
maintain, and mess free, I personally have remained loyal to pork. As long as
you make sure your Uncle Josh Porks don't dry out I find that they not only hold
onto your jig better than plastic, they also remain soft and exhibit the best
action in cold water, where plastics often become stiff. Uncle Josh Pork
trailers are also more buoyant than plastic and help give jigs the perfect fall
rate. The best thing about the Uncle Josh Pork jig is the ability to change out
porks in seconds. This allows you to either switch to a larger or smaller pork
on the fly, and instantly alter your dive rate.
While anglers can retrieve the Uncle Josh Pork along the bottom to illicit
strikes the most effective way to fish this lure is slowly within the heart of
structure. I found the Uncle Josh Pork Jig very effective in cold or stained
water, situations where fishing other baits was futile. The colder the water,
the slower you will want to retrieve a jig. Often I would get my best strikes
when the jig was basically motionless in the center of structure. Once in a
while I would shake and bounce the jig to provoke bass, and during pauses
they would commit to strikes. This isn't easy, and definitely takes both
patience and practice.
The single most difficult part of fishing the Uncle Josh Pork is learning to
detect a quality strike and set the hook without delay. Sometimes Bass are going
to commit to the jig and inhale it, other times they simply tap it, or snap at
the pork portion alone. On top of that the jig is most effective in and around
structure, so you need to learn to properly distinguish a bump with wood and a
strike. Anglers new to jig fishing may find themselves setting unnecessarily, no
worries, with practice you will learn to visualize exactly what the Uncle Josh
Pork Jig is doing beneath the water.
The Fastclip system is the easiest
and cleanest way to hook on a pork trailer
Durability: The Uncle Josh Pork Jig comes with two head styles,
allowing you a choice when in it comes to cutting through hydrilla or brushing
up against submerged trees. The Jig is as durable as they come, and the pork
trailers are extremely hard-wearing. The only weakness the pork trailers possess
is raw heat. When exposed to the sun for extended periods these porks will
undoubtedly dry out. When not in use they should always go back to the jar.
Overall I was impressed with the Uncle Josh Pork
Jig, and the fastclip system is robust, and remains in good shape, even after
switching out dozens of trailers. To top it off the Pork Jig uses a quality
Gamakatsu hook in the construction, and this 5/0 hook remained sharp as a razor
even after being scoffed up by a heap of fish.
Bass will often try and engulf the
entire jig and pig setup
Applications: This jig will work where
other baits fail, such as heavy structure and heavily stained and cold water.
When Bass are lethargic a properly finessed jig can on occasion produce an
aggravated strike. I prefer fishing the flippin head Uncle Josh Pork because I
enjoy bumping the bait at greater depths rather than retrieving or cutting
through structure. By pitching the lure into wood pilings or submerged tree
limbs I was able to present the Uncle Josh Pork Jig in front of big bass. When
the weather is warm the jig remained effective, with the ability to toss the
lure right up against shore, and target bedded bass.
The capability to change porks so easily allowed me to customize pork color to
the time of the day and varying conditions. When it is sunny I preferred to use
the watermelon and white porks, and when it was cloudy and dark I would turn to
the blue, moss green, and black trailers. When the water is muddy go with a
larger pork trailer, and switch to smaller green colors in crystal clear water
situations. The flexibility of this jig and pig combination allows anglers to
experiment and customize their ideal setup for their unique circumstances.