A splash of color

David A. Brown

August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Rugged and versatile, the football jig is ideal for approaching fish over uneven bottom. 
Rugged and versatile, the football jig is ideal for approaching fish over uneven bottom. 
David A. Brown
There’s a reason so many of the worms, skirts and trailers we see in the bass-fishing arena are green pumpkin — the color mimics crawfish and all types of finfish forage.

Notwithstanding this truth, FLW Tour pro Jim Tutt opts to spice up the visual appeal of his football-head jig’s skirt by weaving a few strands of dark brown, orange and blue into the darker material.

"I saw this skirt in a tackle store, and it immediately reminded me of a bream," Tutt said. "I put this on my jig in practice and got bit immediately. I didn’t get a lot of bites, but the biggest bites I got and the most bites I got were on that color.

"Typically, what I try to do on a jig is match the hatch. You can hardly go wrong with green pumpkin or black-and-blue anytime — but those (accent) colors represent some type of forage, like shad or bream."

Tutt said that when it’s dark and cloudy, he’ll go with a black-and-blue, or black/blue/purple skirt. As the day brightens, he’ll switch to more-natural colors — green pumpkin or watermelon red.





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