On many bodies of water during the summer, fall, and winter month’s bass and baitfish migrate to deep offshore structure in search of cooler or warmer waters. A few simple adjustments to your gear and cast will have you tackling bass, even when they go deep.
A favorite jig for many fishermen is the football jig for fishing deep water and structure. We've compiled a list of our favorite football jigging gear and fishing tactics in this informative infographic to help you get started.
|Baitcast Rod & Reel Combos|
Get the Right Fishing Gear
Fishing Rod and Reel: Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® Signature Series Bass Caster Baitcast Reel and the Signature Series II Trigger Rod fishing combos. Medium Heavy to 7'6" Heavy depending on the weight of the jig. Reel Gear rations of 6.4:1 or 7.1:1.
Fishing Line: Bass Pro Shops® XPS® KVD Signature Series 100% Fluorocarbon Fishing Line. Fluorocarbon line allows you to feel light bites and bites in deep water.
Fishing Jig: Bass Pro Shops® Enticer® Pro Series Football Jigs or the Bass Pro Shops® Enticer® Pro Series Football Jigheads. Football-shaped head "walks" through rocks and cover.
|XPS Double Tail Grubs|
Jig Trailer: Bass Pro Shops® XPS® Double Tail Grubs. Rigging a football jig (back) with double tail grubs adds swimming action.
Find more tips on the football jig in the When Bass Go Deep fishing infographic (click infographic for larger view).
Now Cast Long and Go Deep
Position your boat for a long cast just beyond the cover. Pay careful attention to your line as the jig sinks; this is often time when the bass strike. Once the jig hits the bottom, small hops of the jig during the retrieve sometimes get the fish to strike.
Find more tips on the football jig fishing technique in the When Bass Go Deep fishing infographic (click infographic for larger view).
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