The Purest has a lightweight, soft plastic body molded over a gold-plated hook. It’s an excellent shallow-water choice since a Purest closely imitates the daphnia and freshwater shrimp that panfish feed upon heavily.
The Purest is so effective for shallow water crappies and bluegills that you might never need another lure. Pros use the Purest without live bait with a slow, repetitive
bobbing motion. The use of a stiff ice rod with a spring bobber tip will allow you to detect the slightest nibble when bobbing your Purest. The bobbing motion is best achieved by lowering your Purest to the bottom, reeling your rod down to the hole and then lifting to eye level. Then begin bobbing or raising and lowering your rod 1”- 4” until your spring bobber reacts in an undulating motion. Keep bobbing until you notice something different. Sometimes the fish will slam the Purest, but other times they will suck it in and your spring bobber will rise up. In either case, set the hook immediately.
Purests are so light they can be used with a fly rod for trout and panfish. They offer a lot of action, especially in areas of current – and are very effective for wary fish.
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I believe a large part of catching fish on any particular lure is having confidence that that particular lure will catch fish. I have a lot of confidence in the Purest for panfish. Although it is an old style jig and not really even particularly interesting, I catch a lot of fish on them over other panfish jigs. I always use it plain without meat or additional plastic. My only trick is to turn the knot so that the jig hangs horizontally. Experiment with aggressive or subtle jigging and depth to find what the fish want. At times I use a second one tied 1-3' above another with a palomar knot to try different depths. Red is my go-to color for gills and crappies.