Skip to main content

VMC Dominator Marabou Jig

VMC Dominator Marabou Jig

Since January, we have published 10,323 words about the manifold virtues of a marabou jig. This endeavor encompassed four Midwest Finesse columns.

The first segment of our series about the marabou jig was published on Jan. 20. It featured some historical aspects about the marabou jig and the ways that Jeff Gustafson uses it at the Lake of the Woods near his home in Kenora, Ontario, Canada. Our second one was centered upon the insights of Josh Douglas of Mound, Minnesota, and it was published on Jan. 25.  The third one focused on Seth Feider of Bloomington, Minnesota, and it was published on Feb. 4. The fourth one featured Keith Thompson of Wiconisco, Pennsylvania, who uses a marabou jig on the Susquehanna River, and it was published on May 2.

Shortly after we published the fourth column, a longtime Finesse News Network member and Midwest finesse practitioner, who has been a marabou jig devotee since the 1960s, contacted us and noted that we have failed to publish a gear guide about the 1/16-ounce VMC Dominator Marabou Jig. He politely suggested that it was high time for us to alert the finesse-fishing community about it, and we agreed with this angler who did not want us to mention his name.

DM-BK


 It is created around a small ball-headed jig and a VMC Power Gap hook, which is said to be five percent wider than traditional jig hooks. This high-carbon-steel hook also possesses a 60-degree rotated eye. The size of the hook on the 1/16-ounce VMC Dominator Marabou Jig is a No.2.


A combination of marabou feather material and fibers of flashbou is attached to the collar of the jig. The flashbou is added as a light reflector, which is said to catch the attention of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass that have been unresponsive to other styles of jigs.

It is available in three colors: black, brown, and white.

Besides the 1/16-ounce one, there is a 1/8-ounce and a 1/4-ounce model. The 1/8-ouncer sports a No. 1 hook, and the 1/4-ouncer possesses a 1/0 hook.

It is available at several Internet venues, and the price per jig ranges from $2.59 to $2.99.


Endnotes

(1) On July 24, we received an email from Dan Quinn of Hudson, Wisconsin. He is the Field Promotions Coordinator for Rapala, and VMC is part of Rapala's group of tackle manufacturers. He informed us that Rapala  inherited the marabou jig when it acquired Luhr-Jensen & Sons, Inc, in 2006 and 2007.  Ultimately, Rapala moved the jig from Luhr-Jensen to VMC, and named it the VMC Dominator Marabou Jig. And since then it has been well received by scores and scores of smallmouth bass anglers.

Dan Quinn is a talented and versatile angler.  He is also the son of Steve Quinn of Brainerd, Minnesota, and In-Fisherman's senior editor.  Dan says that he uses the black 1/16-ounce VMC Dominator Marabou Jig a lot when the smallmouth bass are in relatively shallow water. He employs a slow and steady retrieve across the shallow-water habitats. He likes to use it attached to a lightweight braided line and fluorocarbon leader, and he notes that Sufix's Nanobraid is a great asset for making long casts with the 1/16-ounce VMC Dominator Marabou Jig. He says his methods of fishing with a marabou jig parallel those that Jeff  Gustafson and Seth Feider employ, and for details about their methods see endnotes No. 2 and No. 4.


(2) Here is the link to the Midwest Finesse column that features Jeff Gustafson's ways with a marabou jig: https://www.in-fisherman.com/gear-accessories/the-marabou-jig-according-to-jeff-gustafson/.

(3) Here is the link to the Midwest Finesse column that features Josh Douglas' ways with a marabou jig:  https://www.in-fisherman.com/gear-accessories/the-marabou-jig-according-to-josh-douglas.

(4) Here is the link to the Midwest Finesse column that features Seth Feider's ways with a marabou jig: https://www.in-fisherman.com/gear-accessories/the-marabou-jig-according-to-seth-feider.

(5) Here is the link to the Midwest Finesse column about Keith Thompson's ways with a marabou jig: https://www.in-fisherman.com/midwest-finesse/the-marabou-jig-according-to-keith-thompson.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

The True Story of the Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

The True Story of the Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

“If that engine starts without my kill switch on, I ain't the one driving it,” Blake Broussard says after ejection video goes viral.

Channel Cats on Ice

Channel Cats on Ice

The In-Fisherman staff reveals some of the hottest action of the winter season, as they show how to ice 20-pound channel catfish.

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.

Lake Superior Whitefish on Ice

Lake Superior Whitefish on Ice

Doug Stange joins Capt. Aron Kastern on Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin where they go after whitefish on ice.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The effectiveness of swimbaits and other soft plastics for muskies isn't new.Swimbaits for Muskies Pike & Muskie

Swimbaits for Muskies

Steve Ryan - October 14, 2020

The effectiveness of swimbaits and other soft plastics for muskies isn't new.

Little is known about the effects of softbait ingestion on bass.Effects of Softbait Ingestion on Bass Bass

Effects of Softbait Ingestion on Bass

Gabe Gries - August 11, 2020

Little is known about the effects of softbait ingestion on bass.

Familiar to veteran In-­Fisherman readers and anglers versed in fish sensory abilities.The Book on Bass Accessories

The Book on Bass

Steve Quinn - October 14, 2020

Familiar to veteran In-­Fisherman readers and anglers versed in fish sensory abilities.

Several methods are available to estimate the weight of a fish. Some use length as well as girth measurements.Walleye Length To Weight Conversion Chart Biology

Walleye Length To Weight Conversion Chart

Dr. Rob Neumann - January 03, 2017

Several methods are available to estimate the weight of a fish. Some use length as well as...

See More Trending Articles

More Midwest Finesse

The Rabid Craw's two chelae or claws consist of delicate nuggets of rabbit fur.Rabid Baits' Rabid Craw Midwest Finesse

Rabid Baits' Rabid Craw

Ned Kehde - September 15, 2020

The Rabid Craw's two chelae or claws consist of delicate nuggets of rabbit fur.

It is buoyant and enhanced with garlic and salt.Venture Lure's Finesse Worm Midwest Finesse

Venture Lure's Finesse Worm

Ned Kehde - August 25, 2020

It is buoyant and enhanced with garlic and salt.

The Guard Spin Jig has a teardrop-shaped head.Keitech's TungstenGuard Spin Jig Midwest Finesse

Keitech's TungstenGuard Spin Jig

Ned Kehde - September 29, 2020

The Guard Spin Jig has a teardrop-shaped head.

The head is ball-shaped and 98 percent of it consists of tungsten.Clam Drop Tg Jig Midwest Finesse

Clam Drop Tg Jig

Ned Kehde - October 29, 2020

The head is ball-shaped and 98 percent of it consists of tungsten.

See More Midwest Finesse

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the In-Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now