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.