Orchard Lake II

Catch of the Day

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It was a mostly cloudy September day for me on Orchard Lake. This lake has lots of large weed flats and weeds to fish, but it has some good underwater structures to fish as well. At this time of year in clear lakes like this, large groups of bass tend to congregate on deep water structures like points, humps, and bars that have healthy vegetation on them. I did well the last time I was here fishing some of those structures, so I chose to try that again.

I caught my first of many bass on a lure called a Roller Rock Jig. It’s just a football Jig made by a local manufacturer. Many companies make football jigs now, so there are many varieties to choose from. A typical football jig is a heavy jig, usually ¾ of an ounce and heavier, that you drag along a rocky bottom. They wobble back and forth as they go. I fish it just like a Carolina rig.

I was having trouble with my scale so I’m not sure what some of those bass weighed, but I was really catching some big ones. I did so well with the football jig that I didn’t even give any other lures a try. Some of the other lures I could have tried were Texas rigs, standard bass jigs, Carolina rigs, jig-worms and even spinnerbaits fished deep and slow. Any one or more of these lures may have worked just as well or even better, but it’s just hard for me to put down the football jig when it's working so well for me.

watch the video below to learn how to use a football jig.

Lures Used: Football jig. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Late summer. Cover/Structure: Underwater points, rocks, weeds, and, weed line. Type of fish caught: Bass. Topics of discussion: Fishing a football jig.

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