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The Best Bass Fishing Bait-Rig of the 2008 Season

By Nic DiGravio

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Okay, this year I am going to combine both the rig and the bait for the best bait and rig combo. This season I crown Mizmo Scorpion/Picasso Shakedown as the best bait-rig of the 2008 season.

The combo Mizmo Scorpion/Picasso Shakedown shaky jig head was responsible for the most Bass caught in the 08 Bass season.  The shaky rig incorporating the Scorpion was lethal.  It was a great season for Smallmouth Bass numbers, as a matter of fact, because of this bait and rig combo, it has been one of the best to date!

‘Easy’ is this shaky rig combo’s middle name.  Cast it out there, let it fall to the bottom and let it sit for a bit.  With the rod tip at about eleven o’clock start shaking the Scorpion.  Now, while quivering the rod, slowly work it back to you then reel in the slack line.  You cannot over shake as far as I and the Bass are concerned.  It’s a simple tactic for a simple combo. 

When I first saw the Mizmo Scorpion I quickly envisioned it on my Picasso Shakedown jig head and it was Bass magic right off the bat.  The scorpions slender shape and paddle tail make it appetizing for the Bass and by making it quiver while its sitting on bottom it becomes a ‘no brainer’ and the Smallmouth just have to take it.

When choosing the Bait of the year I put a lot of thought into it.  Many good traits have to come to mind for it to be a winner.  Consistency is a strong advantage of this combo as well as durability and long lasting characteristics.  During cold fronts it performed well too bringing the most important trait to mind and that is confidence!  I had so much confidence in the Scorpion Shakedown combo that if a cast came in empty handed I was convinced there wasn’t any Bass in the vicinity!  That’s scary! 

I have to consider the fact that it brought in not only quantity, but quality Bass overall.    By using the shaky rig combo of the Mizmo Scorpion and Picasso Shakedown jig head it is inevitable that in this coming year Bass will also fall victim to its ‘allure’!    

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