Leadheads like the Lindy Jig and iconic Fuzz-E-Grub catch spring walleyes and saugers like few other presentations. But sometimes, short-striking fish call for a little additional trickery.

In ideal scenarios, hungry ’eyes and saugers bite with a vengeance, inhaling the jig and its trailer far enough to ensure a solid hookset. But when the fish become more finicky or lethargic due to changing environmental conditions or other factors, they often nip at the tail section and are hard to hook.

When this happens, adding a stinger hook such as Lindy’s Stinger Snell or Fast Snap Stinger Snell can tip the odds back in your favor.

Both options are easy to use with a standard jig-and-minnow setup. Simply add the stinger to your jig and hook one of the stinger’s treble tines behind the minnow’s dorsal fin.

If you still have trouble converting bites to hookups, try letting the stinger hook trail freely behind the jig, without impaling it into the minnow. Hesitant fish often suck in the stinger when making a half-hearted attempt to take the bait.

You can fish jigs rigged with stingers in a variety of ways. Since the trailing treble is prone to collecting trash off the bottom, however, they’re best reserved for vertical theatrics, as opposed to bottom-dragging approachs.

Lindy stingers are available in different hook sizes and lengths, allowing you to perfectly match the conditions and size of your jig and trailer — and in so doing, catch more fish when the chips are down.