"You have quicker response on a flasher, and your target ID and fish separation is going to be much better," he says. You're able to separate your jig from the fish down to about ½ inch, so when that fish is coming up, you know when it's ½ inch away. On a fish finder, when the fish comes to within a couple of inches of your jig, you're going to see a blob."
Another benefit to using a flasher, adds Paul, is that you can adjust cadence. He'll use varying levels of active jigging to attract fish, but when his flasher shows one sniffing, he'll slow the bait to a nervous quiver.
"The flasher's definition will also show you the biggest fish in the school," he says. "That allows you to fly past the little fish and target the bigger ones."