In my opinion, one of the most fun ways to target and catch largemouth bass in the summertime is with a football jig. In this video, I am pre-fishing for a tournament the following weekend. Nick and I ended up taking 3rd place in the tournament with about 15.5 pounds for our biggest 5 fish. We also won the Big Bass Award with a 5.26-pound kicker caught on back-to-back casts with a 3.2-pound largemouth, putting us in the money in under 3 minutes. That goes to show the quality of pattern dragging a football jig can be.
Deepwater typically shines for dragging a football jig, for obvious reasons. On this particular lake, I was focusing on spots on the lake that had quick access to deep water that also had vegetation on an edge and where rock butted up against that vegetation. It was a very fine-tuned pattern that holds prominent on the lake year after year when the water warms up.
My jig of choice was a brown colored football jig in a 3/8 oz or 1/2 oz size. The smaller size was preferable when possible because it didn’t get caught in boulders and vegetation quite as easily. I fished it on a 7′ medium-heavy rod and 15-20 pound fluorocarbon. Up in the north country where we have limited fishing pressure on bass, line diameter and size rarely comes into play.