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Lure Review

Are You Ready For Some Football!! ... Jigs?

Date: 5/08/08
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Varied
Reviewer: Cal





Introduction: Jig week wraps up here on TackleTour with a roundup on one of the more popular head styles out West where clear, deep, rocky reservoirs dominate. There are so many brands offering this style jig and jighead on the market today, we thought it best to gather several, and consolidate our findings into one monster review. So, are you ready for some football head jigs?

Out west where many of the lakes are clear and deep, the football head jig is a must have bait.

Just as jigs with any kind of angular head are best for pulling through weeds, others, featuring a nice, wide base, are best suited for fishing rocky environments. Perhaps the favorite jig style for anglers targeting rocky structure is the football head jig. This holds especially true in situations where anglers are fishing rock piles under fifteen feet or more of water. The wide, rounded base of these jigs have a lesser tendency to catch in the rocks, can be dragged or rolled over potential snags, and also seem to hold steady better on a taught line when the bottom surface is uneven.

TackleTour Football Jig Roundup

Bass Patrol Custom Jig Quality at Only Two Bucks a Pop! Score: 7.67 - Good
Dandy Baits Custom Goes Mainstream? Score: 7.17 - Good
Kevkel The Jig With A Swimbait's Profile Score: 7.25 - Good
River2Sea R2C Scores a Touchdown But Misses the Extra Point Score: 7.83 - Good
Rock Stalker The Features of a Stalker Score: 7.25 - Good
Rodstrainer The Standard Out West Score: 7.83 - Good
Skinny Bear A Big, Bulky, Bear Jig Score: 7.58 - Good


Bass Patrol: First up in our roundup is a popular, small label brand out west known as Bass Patrol. These hand tied jigs feature the prototypical light wire hooks and fine skirt material common with this style jig, but what's interesting about this bait is the configuration of the head. More on this in a bit, but first, let's check out the other features of this jig.


Introducing the Bass Patrol Football Headed Jig.


Bass Patrol Football Head Jig Specifications

Type Football Jig
Depth Any
The Skirt Fine Round Rubber
Weight 1/4 - 1 ounce
Colors/Patterns 8+
Hook Unknown
Additional Features Semi-concealed line tie
MSRP $1.99

The Skirt: The skirt of the Bass Patrol football head jig is a fine, round, rubber that flares out quite nicely when in the water. The skirt is hand tied and trimmed relatively close to the hook, so the bait provides a full, yet compact profile right out of the package. Rubber skirts have the key advantage in colder, deeper waters of flaring out more than their silicone counterparts and the skirts on these Bass Patrol's jigs are no exception to this rule.


Note the interesting head design.


Hook: But while the skirt may speak of finesse, the hook on the Bass Patrol jig looks pretty standard. Though more along the lines of light wire, the actual gauge of the hook is not super small. Just the same, they do straighten or deform rather easily so we wouldn't recommend fishing this jig with anything more than twelve pound test.


The light wire hooks are protected in the package to guard against dull points.


Line Tie: Back to the head design on this jig which features a recessed cavity for the line tie. This, together with the line tie's location on top of the jig, helps protect your knot from the rocks you're likely to be fishing. It's a relatively simple implementation and one that is very welcome at the same time.


 A look at the concealed line tie on the Bass Patrol jighead.


Durability: This jig has held up quite well for us with no premature wear on the heads or melting skirts despite being fished primarily in rocky environments. The hooks have stayed sharp and we've had no problems with straightening or breaks though the heaviest line we've used is only 14lb test.


 The fine rubber skirt of the Bass Patrol Jig has a real nice flare in the water.


Availability: Bass Patrol products are available in many local tackle shops out west but are also becoming increasingly available in e-tackle shops. Word is spreading fast on these affordable, hand tied jigs.


Ratings (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Test Subject Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A nicely crafted jig 7
Performance Very good in rocks and passable in sparse weeds... hooks could be stronger 7
Price Excellent price point 9.5
Features Quality hand tied skirt... hook needs work 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) We really like the design and location of the semi-concealed line tie 8
Application Best on light line 7

Total Score

Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Hand tied quality L We'd prefer a name brand hook with a wider gap
J Unbelievable price point L Might be tough for some to locate
J Great line tie solution  


 One of many fish courtesy of the Bass Patrol jig over the past year.


Effectiveness: Fished in the environment for which they are intended, these jigs move about quite well though snags, of course, are inevitable when fishing in rocks. Just ask Zander, our jig snagging champion! Just the same, the top oriented, concealed line tie seems to help a great deal in these situations, and oh yes, these jigs catch fish too. Perhaps a slightly wider gap, name brand hook might be in order to increase confidence and some anglers' hook up ratio but we found no issues in this area. At just under two bucks a pop, these jigs are a fantastic value.


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