I wish we had a spring season here in NY to be able to answer that question for you.
I recall years ago, sharpies said you wanted to use soft baits in the spring. If your fishing in shallower water (shallow enough for the game weights), you can probably use clam baits on a jig.
Yep, global warming /climate change is real. 18,000 years ago, it was dry land where I'm catching tuna now.