7 Foot | Heavy Power | Fast Action
Bill recommends fishing the Original BiCO Jig with at least a 7 foot casting rod. This length allows you to pick up more line faster when raising the rod tip. This jig can get into some thick cover without getting hung up, so you’re going to need a rod with some backbone for pulling bass out of there.
A rod with heavy power and fast to extra-fast action will give you the pulling power and sensitivity required for detecting and landing bass in all types of cover.
Baitcaster | Low Profile| 6:1 +
Although you can fish an Original BiCO with a spinning reel, a baitcasting reel is strongly recommended. Bill suggests a low profile baitcaster with a fast retrieve, preferably with a 6:1 or faster gear ratio.
The fast retrieve allows you to pick up slack line quickly so that you’re better prepared to detect a bite and set the hook. It’s also better for flipping and pitching tactics since you can quickly retrieve the jig between targets.
20 lb Fluorocarbon | 40-65 lb Braid
Bill uses 20 pound test fluorocarbon because it’s clear, it sinks, and stays taut under the water, but he also suggests 40 – 65 pound braid. Flouro is better for clearer water, but braid is better for horsing fish out of thick cover. You should base your decision on what specific conditions you fish, but both will do the job. Monofilament will suffice, but is not recommended because it has too much stretch and it floats. Regardless of line type, Bill always ties the jig with a palomar knot.
Ugly Otter & Chigger Craw
Whenever someone asks Bill what his favorite jig trailer is he usually says the Ugly Otter made by Gambler. It’s on the bigger size for jig trailers but the trailer can almost never be too big for Bill. If someone is looking for something smaller he recommends the Chigger Craw by Berkley.
When it comes to jigs, Bill’s favorite color is black. He likes to add different colors to the profile of his bait with the trailer. Black certainly isn’t the only color he throws but if he had to choose only one color to throw all year it would be black.