As walleye season progresses across Lindy Land, a growing number of anglers are discovering the benefits of tying on a Lindy Live Bait Jig. To help you make the most of this revolutionary leadhead, jig designer Jeff Sundin shares the following timely tips.

Sundin said the Live Bait Jig appeals to hungry ’eyes in a variety of settings, all season long. It’s great for other gamefish, too, including bass, panfish and pike.

Spring into early summer is prime time for tipping a Live Bait Jig with a minnow and casting shallow water near shore. While you can dance the jig in countless ways to fit virtually any conditions, Sundin offers two basic options to get started.

One is an animated pitching routine, the other a subtler approach.

For the subdued presentation, Sundin recommends lightly lip-hooking “a rainbow chub or other lively minnow that does a lot of moving on its own.” Then all you have to do is wiggle the rod while swimming the bait over or along the edges of cover and structure.

Sundin also uses a whole nightcrawler in a similar manner, but that shines a bit later in the season and is a story for another day.

A light jig weight is key for this style of minnow and crawler fishing. “The bait isn’t dragging bottom,” said Sundin. “It drives some folks crazy when they can’t feel bottom. But that’s OK. Just toss the jig out there and let the bait wander around on its own.”

He notes that light line and a soft-tipped rod are also key components of the system.

For the more aggressive minnow tactic, Sundin skull hooks a beefy fathead minnow so the bait’s lips are pressed against the head of the jig.

“Hooked in this manner, the minnow becomes an extension of the jig and follows its every movement,” he explained. “So it’s very responsive for darting, twitching, hopping and snapping.”

Such moves work wonders when pitching a Live Bait Jig into shallow water and working it deeper along shoreline breaks where shallow flats meet the first and second drop-offs.

“This isn’t a drifting situation,” he said. “Make a long cast over the break and onto the flat. Let the jig settle and then experiment with hops, snaps and twitches.”

Sundin rarely drags in this scenario. “Don’t worry about constantly touching bottom,” he said. “If you can touch down when you drop the rodtip toward the jig, you’re close enough to bottom to get bit.”

If you run into situations where suspending a jig and leech under a Thill float is the way to go this weekend, Sundin said the Live Bait Jig is a rock star for these presentations, too.

In fact, the new leadhead’s applications are limited only by your imagination, so be sure to give the Live Bait Jig plenty of opportunities to work its magic in your boat this season.