Four MEAT Trailers for Slow-Mo Cold Presentations

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Sunday, April 14, 2013
by Mike Pehanich

Cold water bass fishing calls for slow-down tactics. That’s when jig and MEAT trailer combinations come into their own!

For generations, jig and “pig” (a.k.a  “pork trailer”) combinations have pried sluggish bass from their coldwater stupor.

But today four jig trailers in the Uncle Josh MEAT line of product -- the 2.5-inch MEAT Diamond Frog, 2.5-inch MEAT Frog, the MEAT Beaver and the MEAT Craw – are drawing more sizzling pork bites than a Fourth of July barbecue – even when there’s still skim ice on the pond!

“A MEAT trailer allows a jig to fall more slowly than any other trailer,” says Matt Bichanich, Uncle Josh sales and marketing manager. “Early and late in the season when the water is cold and bass are sluggish, you want that slow descent.”

That’s no mere marketing hype. It’s Physics 101.

Note the action of the legs in your conventional pork trailer jars like the Uncle Josh #11 Pork Frog. Those legs are made from pork skin, which gives a bait good action in the water but has greater density than pork fat, which is why these legs will dry and stiffen if left out of the water for an extended period.

But MEAT products are different. Uncle Josh cuts MEAT products from pure skinless pork fat, and pork fat floats! Need proof? Toss a MEAT trailer straight from the package into the water, and watch for yourself!

That buoyancy translates into fish-attracting action when you hitch a MEAT trailer to a jig hook. Those pork legs ride high, and they hover.

“MEAT trailers are perfect for flipping, pitching and finesse,” says Bichanich. “The two biggest features are 1) they float, and 2) they deliver such great action! And because they are skinless, they are easier to use.”

“Ease of use” translates into greater versatility and more realistic jig/trailer profiles, too. MEAT trailers are as simple to use as plastics, yet far more durable. Hook one through the nose for a long tailing profile, or thread it up the hook shank for a compact presentation that integrates naturally with the jig.

“I simply have more confidence fishing pork up the hook shank,” says Bichanich. “And with the rubber hook keeper ring in every MEAT trailer package, it stays in place.”

Four MEAT trailers

Uncle Josh MEAT Diamond Frog – The latest trailer added to the MEAT line-up, the three-inch Diamond Frog, offers a different look and action with its narrow arrow-shaped head and long legs. “It projects a nice profile, and those longer legs work great with1/4- to one-ounce jigs,” says Bichanich. “It’s an all-around jig trailer!”

Uncle Josh MEAT Frog – The classic pork chunk profile is back in the MEAT Frog, and it is better than ever! The wide, bulky head provides buoyancy and water resistance for a slow, slow fall. Trim your jig skirt to maintain leg action and profile of the short “chunk” legs. “I use only ¼- to 3/8-ounce jigs with the MEAT Frog. It’s the ‘finesse’ trailer of the bunch,” says Bichanich.

Uncle Josh MEAT Beaver – With four moving arms and legs, the “Beav” is an all-around action trailer that will work with a wide variety of jig styles and sizes. Its tapered shape provides the least water resistance of the bunch. “Personally, I like to trim the jig skirt, slide the Beaver up the hook shank and hold it in place with the rubber keeper,” says Bichanich. “But you can also hook it through the head for a bigger profile.”

Uncle Josh MEAT Craw – You’ll want to give bass big mouthfuls and lots of action when the water warms. The MEAT Craw delivers. Its big buoyant trailing arms float up from the jig body, delivering an up-and-down swimming action when the jig is on the move and creating the illusion of a crawfish in an alert, defensive posture when the jig is at rest. You can fish it on almost any size jig. The Craw is big and buoyant enough to generate a slow fall on a light head but versatile enough to act like a frightened, fleeing crawdad behind a heavy jig. “I like to change up my retrieve with a jig and MEAT Craw,” says Bichanich. “I’ll swim it five to 10 feet, then crawl it, pause it, swim it again, crawl it…Sometimes bass hit it as soon as it starts moving.”