Those soft plastic hitchhikers that ride on the bend of a bass jig’s hook offer both benefit and liability. Trailers can add varying degrees of backside motion to mimic the swimming action of a forage fish, or the claws-up defensive posture displayed by a crawfish.

The smaller the trailer – and the more streamlined its form – the faster a jig falls. Conversely, a broader chunk style trailer slows the jigs fall – a strategy handy in cold water, or any time the fish are lethargic.

Now, the potential liability arises when a trailer gets pushed up the hook shank, toward the jig’s head. Doing so allows the trailer’s tail end to turn outward and foul the hook point. You don’t need an engineering degree to understand how a wad of plastic between your hook and the fish’s mouth is a bad thing.

This annoyance is most likely with your thicker trailers like those chunks or a hefty craw trailer. But with any trailer option, you can eliminate this concern with a homemade spacer.

Simple deal – just bite about an inch off the solid end of a plastic worm, impale in lengthwise onto the jig hook and slide it onto the shank. Out of the way, this extra mass won’t impede your hook sets, but it will prevent trailer slippage and the hook fouling that may result.

And here’s a subtle secondary benefit: Use a spacer that contrasts the jig’s skirt color. When the jig hits bottom and the skirt flares that extra color enhances the appeal.

Some use this strategy to mimic bream accents with a chartreuse, orange or purple spacer. Who knows, maybe the fish could care less; but you can rest assured the physics of a spacer won’t let you down.