Panfish can be stubborn in early spring, and for that matter, so can synthetic jigs. In cold water, rubber and plastic have a tendency to stiffen, making it difficult to produce the subtle, lifelike wiggle that can make a lock-jawed perch, bluegill, or crappie chew. Natural materials like bucktail and feather, on the other hand, won’t lose their seductive action, even in the most frigid temperatures. Synthetic jigs excel at other times of year, but the pulse of marabou and flare of hair is hard to replicate, and going natural is your best bet for supplying the season’s first big fish fry with loads of fillets. These three tactics will get you hooked up real fast with the real thing.