After spending some time on the water with VMC’s new Gliding Jig, I have to say this in an interesting innovation. Unfortunately, fishing conditions for the field test were abysmal—mid-August, heat wave, flat calm, and bluebird skies. In fact, if I hadn’t had gear to try out, I would’ve stayed home in the air conditioning. Still, I thought one of my favorite New Jersey lakes, which stays a little cooler than the others, could produce a bass or two, or some pickerel at the very least. Hoping for the best, I hit the water and threaded a soft-plastic bait onto the Gliding Jig. It immediately made an impression. Unlike traditional lead jigheads, the Gliding Jig has a lazy fall that keeps the bait hanging in the strike zone. It has a killer wobble, too, and puts off a nice bit of flash. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is a capable weapon, but the odds were against me on test day. The only fish I saw was a pickerel that reluctantly mouthed the Gliding Jig and spit it back out before I could set the hook. I tried a dozen other lures, but nothing worked. When you can’t catch a pickerel on a Senko in my neck of the woods, it just isn’t meant to be.
Weight: 1/8 or 3/16 oz.
Blade: Willow or Oklahoma
Available Colors: 7
Hook Size: 1/0
In my experience, presentations that hang in the strike zone longer get bit more, and this jig give your bait a slow, tantalizing fall that’s bound to attract fish. Also, this flat blade can skip across the water better than any stone you can find, making it perfect for fishing under overhanging trees and docks.
I prefer the screw-type holder for a soft-plastic. The small pin that sticks through the front of the worm came dislodged on a few occasions after passing through cover.
The Bottom Line
This is definitely a tool you want to add to the arsenal. Fished either with a soft-plastic or alone, it makes for a unique presentation. Its killer action and hang time make it a versatile bait that can be used in a number of applications. I’m looking forward to trying it again under better conditions, and will report back.