Swimming a jig is a technique that was made popular by some of the top bass fisherman on the Upper Mississippi River, but its impact has stretched across the nation! Top anglers from Canada all the way down to Florida and Texas rely on this technique and lure to put bass in their boats all year long.
Up until this year, I have just used the RC Tackle Swim Jig for shallow water on the Mississippi River, but this year fishing the lakes in Minnesota I refined this technique to deeper water. By using a bigger 3/8 oz. jig, compared to my normal 1/4 oz. jig and varying retrieves helped make this a successful tactic for me this season.
Instead of me writing more about this lure and technique, I urge you to take a look at this video that takes a look at the jig and technique!!
The 4th and final regular season stop on the 2009 MN Silverado Pro-Am Bass Tour was held on Friday, September 11th on the beautiful Lake Minnetonka out of Lord Fletcher's. I got out with my boater Mike Frisch on Thursday to pre-fish and we had a great day. Using both slow and fast presentations helped us figure out what the game plan for tournament day was going to be. On several of my presentations the key was using a heavy wire Eagle Claw extra wide gap hook.
Despite catching a 2.5 lb. fish right away on an RC Tackle swim jig, the day was tough for us. Our 6-fish limit weighed 7.9 lb.'s and put us in 45th place. This dropped me in the point standings to 24th place and out of the Championship field. But I was pleasantly surprised when they announced I was one of the wild card am anglers who would be fishing in the championship!!
So I will get another shot on Lake Minnetonka on Saturday, September 19th. The championship is 20 pro's and am's fishing from 7 to 3. The tournament will go out of and the weigh in will be at Maynard's right on the lake.
I will have more details on my Lake Minnetonka experiences following the championship next weekend.
If you are a bass fisherman, curious about bass tournaments, or just looking for a fun event to attend next weekend I urge you to come on out and check out the Silverado Pro-Am championship next weekend.