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Summer jig tips


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

Deep and slow always seems to be a solid summer bass strategy, and a jig presentation fits the bill.

Hydrilla and aquatic weeds:
Bass take refuge in the cool beneath masses of hydrilla and other aquatic weeds. Plenty of bass hide along the outskirts of the mats where a ¾-ounce jig head with a plastic worm or craw trailer easily pushes through the looser vegetation while presenting a large profile that typically generates big bites.

Natural colors like green pumpkin, brown and watermelon work best in clear water, while black/blue or dark neons provide the necessary contrast if the water is stained.

Football jig heads, ¾ ounces with a full skirt is a top choice. The full skirt is guaranteed to move a lot of water, drawing the bass’ attention. This jig can also stir up plenty of response along the bank especially if there has been a lot of rain when the water gets dirty and the fish move up shallow to feed.

The football jig head generates lots of fish-attracting commotion when it traverses wood or rock. A slow drag gives fish plenty of time to spot the bait, important during the summer as the bass don’t want to move far to get the bait.

Out deep:
If you concentrate on fish out deep, go with a 3/8- to ½-ounce flipping jig with a plain chunk trailer that allows for a quick return to the bottom after each stroke. This technique works best when fish suspend 4-5 feet off the bottom. Pop the jig on slack line. The key is to create a bottom disturbance and triggers a reaction strike.


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