Introducing Nishine Lure Works's Finesse Football Jig
Impressions: The idea of a finesse football jig is intriguing. I've fished smaller football head jigs before, and generally speaking, finesse often just equates to small or smaller. So what makes the Nishine Lure Works Finesse Football Jig "finesse?" It's not very obvious at first. To begin, this bait is only available in one size, half an ounce. The head has a very odd, kind of oblong shape to it and is made of lead, so that means it is anything but small and doesn't speak to a finesse tuned product.
This jig's head doesn't much resemble a football
Looking past the oddly shaped head, however, we find traits that are more in line with what we'd consider finesse. This jig features a very small, 2/0 Owner hook. The skirt is hand tied and trimmed short using a minimal amount of material. There's a bait keeper made of wire that's hand wound and tied around the shaft of the hook just behind the jighead.
From the bottom, it looks more like an Arkie head or
almost even the shape of a foot
All those items feel very finesse, but turning our attention back to that head, it's not really in the shape of a football. It has a wide profile like a typical football jig, but gone is that typical, oval shape when viewed from the bottom. Instead, the head tapers down back over the hook shank forming what almost resembles a heel. Viewed from the bottom, it looks more like an Arkie head or a clubbed foot with no toes.