There are plenty of baits that can work wonders for early season largies, but Hahner believes less is more.
“I really like to keep it simple. I want something I can flip to docks or wood and something I can cast and wind to cover water,” he says.
“I like a 1/2-ounce Super K Skipping Jig with a swimming craw to flip around. For casting, I like either a 1/4-ounce Super K swim jig when I’m in less than 4 feet of water or the 3/8-ounce model when I’m in 4 to 10 feet. I’ll match it with the same Swimming Craw or a small swimbait. And I also like to have a vibrating jig in case there is some grass standing or some lily pads starting to pop up that I can bounce the bait off of. But those are the three baits that I’ll always have tied on no matter where I fish.”
Hahner likes any colors that resemble a bluegill or perch. Though, if the water has some stain to it, he’ll mix in the old trusted black and blue.