Anyone remember Uncle Josh pork lures and jig trailers?

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  1. spoonminnow(aka senkosam)

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    U.J. Pork Frog was the only skirted jig trailer I used to catch bass with for years. .
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    It got too expensive and other cheaper plastic trailers came on the market that did as well, but I still valued the shape of the trailer and figured, why not reproduce the 3 sizes the pork came in making plaster molds of each size?
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    I never bought into the frog simulation nor comparison to a crawdad, but when I used the trailer it caught bass - smallmouth and largemouth of all sizes. Still had no clue why until one day as I was retrieving the jig and trailer I noticed how the tails fluttered. I figured, why not swim the lure rather than jig it off bottom? Sure enough, the lure caught bass on the swim.

    Years later I noticed bags of these trailers with the same shape tails on clearance and figured - rather than rig them on a skirted jig, why not swim them on a ball head?:
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    Same tail flutter but now I found more species hit it than just bass:
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    ...though it still caught bass:
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    Next I came up with this idea after I noticed the shape and action of the claws on a soft plastic craw lure:
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    Why not attach the claw to a flat soft plastic and simulate the original trailer?
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    After catching many fish on it I found other bodies did just as well:
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    Ya can't beat the combination of good shape and action any day!
    Note: someone else is selling the pork frog trailer though a bit pricey.
     
    #1 spoonminnow(aka senkosam), Sep 27, 2021
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  2. CrazyDonkey

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    I remember having to hit a nail through them as a kid so I could actually get a hook through them.
     
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    Anyone who has fished for bass decades ago surely must have bought some Uncle Josh pork trailers. I remember always having them and like CrazyDonkey said...using a nail to open the tiny hole to be able to put them on the back of a jig.
    I can still remember that gross juice(or was it water) they stayed in. No matter how you opened the little container, juice would spill and drip on you or in your tackle box...ha ha. Yes, they enhanced the bait and worked through the years. Later on, those baits just sat in their little containers in bottom of my tackle box never to be opened again. Then they found a home in the garage and somehow magically disappeared or were finally tossed. Your post brought back lots of memories. :)

    Who could forget these pork rind baits......ha ha image.jpeg
     
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    Pork rind got far too expensive for them to keep making the things. What the late Mogambo told me anyway. If anyone would know, he would
     
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    Interesting the hype for using pork trailers when they were popular and the only skirted jig-trailer made. Meaty flavor and texture being at the top of the list followed by the salty flavor that made bass hold on longer, how it helped simulate crawfish and other hype. None of it anything more than bs.
    Turns out the thin triangular tails and the body's flat shape were key in the lure's action along with jig skirt pulsation and flutter.

    Incle Josh pork eels and other shapes were not nearly as popular, especially once Mr Twister hit the market with the Phenom worm and Lizard followed by a huge number of soft plastic designs from competitors.
     
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    Has anyone tried bacon for bait? Seems like that would have to work. I don't care what shape it's in, it will taste good. Would definitely have better action uncooked though.
     
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    Used to make straight "worms" out of strips of hot dog as a kid and texas rig them if that counts.
     
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    Bacon has been a staple for bluegill fishermen for a long time in some circles..
     
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    Seems like a waste of good bacon.
     
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    On strip goes a long way when you use #10-12 hooks...
     
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    I remember using the pork rinds in the 70's at Lower Otay. There was also Uncle Josh catfish bait. Is the red salmon eggs still around? =^..^=
     
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    "Pautzke® Fire Balls look, smell and taste like real eggs because they're made with pure salmon egg juice. It's why trout, steelhead, and panfish willingly slurp them up, yet unlike the real thing, Fire Balls have a tougher skin that allows them to stay on the hook longer. Fully biodegradable."

    "Berkley PowerBait Magnum Garlic Power Eggs are more effective and last longer than real salmon eggs. These eggs are submersed in Berkley's irresistible formula, ensuring it won't dry out."

    Cabelas and Bass Pro

    Haven't found the real thing but these might do.
     
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    If you left on the pork and it dried on the hook it was damn near impossible to remove it !
     
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    Don't I know it!
     
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    Wire/cable cutters is what I remember using.
     
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    bacon , hotdogs, lunch meat they all work even in the bays lol
     
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    Atrain took his boys out for a catfish session on hotdogs just last week!
     
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    I will be hammering a few tomorrow.. no hot dogs needed, lol
     
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