Jersey RIGG Proving to be an Effective Lure
are the important features of a great fishing lure?
First and foremost, it has to catch fish - lots of them.
should also be relatively simple to use, a lure that produces for novices and
experts alike. Ease of rigging and
casting, good hook-setting qualities, versatility in a variety of fishing
situations, and durability are other vital features.
great lure must stand up to repeated use before it has to be replaced.
on my experience, I must give Jeff Cammerino’s Jersey RIGG high marks on all
counts. Though it’s taken the
Lyndhurst resident years to perfect his lure, at first glance it looks like just
another small plastic worm.
immediately apparent are the keys to the Jersey RIGG’s effectiveness - length,
weight, diameter, density, surface design, and finish - plus the way it is
placed on the hook.
approximately 3-inch lure, available in a variety of popular colors, is rigged
by inserting a 1/0 hook through the center, with the hook point exposed.
It extends an equal length on both sides of the hook.
technique is to cast the lure to a likely spot, and shake or twitch it in the
strike zone, before beginning a twitch-pause-reel slow retrieve.
The lure has neutral buoyancy, and it usually is fished with the hook
providing the only weight, thus creating a very slow sinking rig.
combination of the lure and hook, however, has sufficient weight for easy
casting. Cammerino fishes the
Jersey RIGG on 6- or 8-pound spinning gear, ideal for pitching to fishy targets
or skipping under overhangs, docks, and boat houses.
It lands softly, rarely spooks fish, and has a lifelike pulsing action
that says to a bass, “here is something worth eating”.
has a growing collection of clippings and letters attesting to the lure’s
effectiveness. The Jersey RIGG is
credited with a number of tournament victories and lunker catches.
Pro bass angler George Cochran, a Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS)
Master’s Classic champion, is fishing the lure and reports good results.
Cammerino’s scrapbook also has glowing reports of bass catches by
beginners using his lure, which seems to have great appeal for largemouth and
smallmouth bass, striper hybrids, and a variety of other species including
week ago I met with Cammerino for a hands-on session with his Jersey RIGG. Reaching
the lake after 2 p.m., we were informed that the fishing had been rather poor
over the past several days. Undaunted,
Cammerino made a few casts from the dock before launching the skiff we would
use, and quickly caught and released a pair of largemouths.
moved about the lake, fishing shoreline structure and some mid-lake weed beds.
A golden Jersey RIGG with a gold flake build-in was the most effective
color. More than several dozen bass
were caught and released in slightly more than four hours - outstanding for a
lake that was supposed to be fishing poorly or any lake for that matter.
Though not entirely weedless, the lure worked well while fishing weedy structure. I’m convinced we’ll hear lots more about the Jersey RIGG in the coming seasons. It’s available in many local tackle shops. If you can’t find it, or need more information, phone (570) 226-6304 or write 75 Mountain Lake Estates, Hawley, PA 18428.
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