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Strike King®'s Tour Grade Football Jigs are the ultimate deepwater, big-bass jigs! A wide football shaped head gives the Tour Grade Jig a superior feel and helps the jig stand-up and tantalize on the bottom. The flat eye line tie helps keep the line, knot and jig in the proper position, while an extra-sharp Gamakatsu® 60° round bend hook promotes true hook sets. Featuring durable powder-coated paint jobs and color coordinated weedguards, the Tour Grade Football Jigs sport premium skirts that produce a lifelike look and action.
Good jig but lacking
I love Jigs. I fish them maybe 60 to 70 percent of the time. I am very picky when it comes to jigs and stick with one company. After receiving this jig in the, I wanted to give it a review.
For starters, the hook is very small. For a 1/2oz jig, I like a bigger hook. If you put on most of the major brand of trailer, they leave little room for a big fish to hit it. The weed guard is very strong and long. These are two features I love about jigs.
The skirt leaves much to be desired. I got the black/blue jig and purchases a Falcon Lake jig as well. The skirt seems fairly thin and doesn't have much living rubber in the skirt. When fishing dirty waters of Central Oklahoma, I like a thick skirt to get as much action out of the jig as I can.
One thing I really can't stand about jigs is rubber band or plastic rings to tie the skirts. Fact is, they just don't last. If your going to make a quality jig and charge me over 3 bucks, it should have a wire tied skirt. They last longer and I don't have to worry about the jig coming apart after a few outings.
The paint on the jig was very good quality. No nicks, runs or chips in it. I bounced this jig off several docks in my testing of it and ran it along some rocky bottoms. The skirt was pretty torn up, but the head of the jig looks like new.
Overall I give this jig 3 stars. Mainly due to the size of the hook, thinness of the skirt and the rubber ring holding it together. I did catch several bass with the jig using some smaller profile trailers. Mostly 1-2 pound bass. Not the jigs fault at all. I have caught 5 plus pound bass off a beetle spin before. If you looking for a basic jig that you can use smaller trailers with, this is a good jig for that. If you want a thick skirt, larger hook and better quality features, I suggest trying a different brand
September 27, 2012
best football jig
These are great jigs that sinply just catch fish. The trailer keeper on the shaft of the hook really holds your trailers on. You will not be disappointed. The color selection is also great!
July 31, 2012
This jig is one of my favorites. The skirt moves well underwater, the collars do not fall off after serious use and they catch some serious fish. Hooks are always sharp and penetrate easily! Go big, put a trailer on and get ready. Whether I'm bouncin'em off the bottom or draggin them through rocks, they hold up. I only wish the heads were coated with a tougher finish. They last longer than others but after a couple of days in the rocks the lead starts to show.
July 19, 2012
best lure I have ever used in extreme heat
THIS JIG IS AMAZING!!! I CAUGHT 8 IN THE SUMMER IN 106F HEAT!!! I CAUGHT ALL OF THEM IN 1 HOUR.
July 16, 2012
Go with a medium rod, I prefer 7ft fast action. Pair up with a good quality flourocarbon for good hooksets in deeper water. Also, make sure you use a quality rod so you can feel even the slightest hit. With a jig, they'll hit it on the fall, pick it up and sit with it or hammer it so you'll need to feel it when they "soft mouth" it.
Here is my go to. In slightly stained to stained water, Black and blue can't be beat. In clearer water, go natural colors like green or even a chartruse and green. My favorite trailer on this jig is a Chigger Craw bar none. second favorite is a yum F2 money craw. Go big, 3/8 size is the smallest I use.
I fish a retention pond in my neighborhood. The deepest spot in the pond is only 20 feet deep. I have been wanting to try jig fishing for a while but never knew where to start. The bottom quality of the pond is pretty bad. The "seaweed" that covers the bottom is pretty mcuh gunk and slime and nothing that is supposedly "weedless" ever comes back from a cast clean. Should I even worry about trying to jig fish? If I could try to jig fish here, what do I need to start?
There's a couple things you can try. First go lighter on the jig. This can actually help you pick up more bites on the fall as it will fall more slowly. It will also keep the jig from sinking to far down in the muck. Second, "pop" the jig as soon as you feel it hit the bottom, this will elicit strikes as well and keeps you from settling in the muck. One last suggestion would be to carolina rig a soft plastic craw. this way the craw stays on top of the weeds. Good luck!
I would definitely try fishing a jig, especially if you are fishing from a boat. I like a vertical presentation with a jig where I cast a short distance to holes in the weeds or punch through thicker spots in weeds and pull line off my baitcast reel so the jig falls straight down. If my line jumps or moves to the side, immediately set the hook and reel quickly to get slack out of the line and a high gear ratio helps with picking up slack. I like a cone shaped head for weeds and heavier is usually a good thing for penetrating cover. I start with a 1/2 oz and go heavier as needed based on conditions and the mood of the bass.
I like football head jigs best in deep water with either a sand or scattered rock bottom, and I drag the jig rather than hop it. I use 1/2 oz to 1 oz football heads depending on depth and the bass hit the best for me when I drag the football head across the bottom.
You can try it, but jigs are mostly made for fishing deep structure on a hard or gravel bottom. You will be bringing up alot of junk with your jig fishing in seaweed. If you try start with a Football head jig, with a rage craw trailor or chunk trailor. The football head helps it not get hung up alot.
jig fishing a pond with a mucky bottom is gona drive u crazy. personally i think jigs are best worked slowly across a rocky or gravel bottom. where crawfish wud live. no matter what jig u buy its bound to grab the grass n algae slime when worked on the bottom. other than swimming the jig, i wud recommend trying a drop shot. n try to keep ur bait just above the muck n stuff on the bottom.
Its my observation that fish dont like the gunk and slime and dont relate to it very well. A jig is designed to fish on the bottom unless you are swimming it, so I would try something else that will stay above the slime like a shallow crankbait
I just purchased 2 of these in the 1 Oz. size thinking they would be good to punch through the foilage on a lake I fish. When I saw how big these jigs actually are, it kinda concerns me to fish something that large in less than 4 feet of water. Any thoughts?
The fish will let you know if it's too big. Chances are it won't be. The good thing about big jigs is they catch big fish and leave the little ones off your line. I've caught 5 pounders in 1 ft of water in the summer with jigs so don't be too concerned. If conditions are good and they are there, they'll bite.y
Football jigs are not built for punching through heavy mats of grass..... you need to buy a grass jig with a more bullet shaped head or, even better, buy some 1 oz. tungsten slip sinkers, some 5/0 heavy wire jig hooks (Gamakatsu makes a great braided line hook for this) and just flip the cover with your favorite creature bait. Skirted jigs just don't perform well in dense grass because the head and the skirt want to grab.
For me when I want to punch thick weeds I go to a cone shaped head on my jig and fish weights between 1/2 oz to 1 1/2oz and that comes through the weeds much easier than a football head. Football head jigs are great in open sandy or scattered rock bottoms and weight depends on depth. Football heads also are better dragged on the bottom rather than hopped so I like to go heavy most of the time.
personally i fish the 1/2 oz. in 100ft. thats right 100ft depths w no problem ( calm lake of course) i wud use a 3/8 or at most 1/2 oz jig for shallow water (less than 8 to 10 ft). the problem is the heavier jig will get snagged n hung up behind every rock or stump or watever n break off. a lighter jig will come thru these structure types much easier
Well jigs are mainly meant to mimic crawfish which I have seen grow up to about the size of a lobster. I caught an eight pounder in four feet of water the first time out with this jig. It mainly depends on the size of the bass that inhabit your fishing spot. Hope this helped, Shelton.
It all depends on the density of vegetation. If you have lilly pads or surface grass, it may work. If it doesn't consider one of the jigs designed with a bullet nose. There are also some punch-style weights, to fish flipping soft plastics with, that would by my second choice if the football won't go through.
You will be surprized of the size of fish that will be in 4 feet of water,and I've had fish hit lures bigger than they are. I use what ever wieght it takes to punch through the top mat of foilage. I think you'll be fine, try it out, then try a lighter wieght one, never hurts to have a few different sizes and colors in your gear bag. hope ths helps ya out. G
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