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Football in the mud–dragging a jig for summer bass

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Photo:  Frank Sargeant
Photo: Frank Sargeant

It takes an attitude adjustment not to jig a jig. But that seems to be the best approach for fishing one particular type of jig that is known for its success in the deep waters of the TVA chain from June through September; the football head. Most of us learned to fish a jig after we learned to fish a Texas-rigged worm, and the pull-and-drop approach just seems natural when you swap out one bottom-bumper for another. In fact, the pull-and-drop does catch plenty of fish on jigs. But as surface water temps hit 80 degrees, more and more fish at lakes like Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick stack up on offshore humps and ledges, and a simpler approach gets better, especially with the chunky football head, which does in fact look like a small lead football, mounted sideways on the hook. Just reel.

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