Shaw Grigsby on Fishing the New EZ SkirtTM
She’s Got a New Skirt
Editor’s Note: Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Florida, is one of Strike King’s most-visible pros with his TV show, his participation in Bassmasters tournaments and the promotions he does at boat shows, fishing events and anywhere sportsmen gather. This week, Grigsby will tell you some of the ways that Strike King lures have helped him to catch fish.
I mentioned yesterday that I was able to get some of the new Premier Plus Spinner Baits that Strike King will be introducing this year. One of the things that I’ve noticed is you can’t get better hooks, blades, wires and quality in a spinner bait than what Strike King has in its Premier line of spinner baits. But what’s new about the Premier Plus Spinner Baits are the skirts.
These new silicone style skirts have twice as much movement in them as any other skirts I’ve ever seen. They remind me of the old, flat, rubber skirts that we had many years ago. You could put them on backwards, and they would flare out and really produce a lot of action.
But these new skirts have the same type of flare that the old skirts had. They flare forward, and they pulse every time you twitch or move the spinner bait. The ones I have look like the spinner bait has a trailer on it when it doesn’t. What appears to be a trailer is just a longer skirt, which means you don’t have to replace a trailer every time you catch a bass, since the trailer is part of the skirt.
I’ll fish spinner baits almost exclusively with a trailer hook. I never fish a spinner bait without a trailer hook unless I’m fishing in cover so nasty that I get hung up every time I cast. These new spinner baits, the Premier Plus, come with a trailer hook already attached to the spinner bait. These new magic tails cover up your trailer hook. So basically with these new spinner baits, you can take them out of the box, not have to add a trailer, not have to have a stinger hook but just tie them on your line and go fishing.
Another advantage to these new spinner baits is that Strike King has nine distinctive new colors for them. I really like the red-colored spinner baits and their shad-colored spinner baits, but Strike King still offers white, chartreuse and white-colored skirts that are the mainstays of the spinner bait fisherman.
I believe these new skirts have more action and more flare to them than any other skirts on the market. I also believe they’re really going to be in high demand as soon as the consumers can get them. So you may want to go into your dealer stores now and make sure that you’re one of the first to get these new spinner baits with the new skirts because I don’t think they’re going to stay on the shelf long.