Bassdozer's Flat Football Jig Heads with
by Russ Bassdozer
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information for the lure models and colors that are (or have
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shown are currently available, and exact specifications are
subject to change.
Note: Some of the following configurations may not all be
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Bassdozer's Flat Football Jig Heads with Weedguards
Flat Football Jig Head ~ Black ~ Comes in sizes: 3/8 (4/0). 1/2
(5/0). 3/4 (6/0).
Flat Football Jig Head ~ Green Pumpkin ~ Comes in sizes: 3/8
(4/0). 1/2 (5/0). 3/4 (6/0).
Flat Football Jig Head ~ Brown ~ Comes in sizes: 3/8 (4/0). 1/2
(5/0). 3/4 (6/0).
Flat Football Jig Head ~ Black Gold ~ Comes in sizes: 3/8 (4/0).
1/2 (5/0). 3/4 (6/0).
Flat Football Jig Head ~ Watermelon Chartreuse ~ Comes in sizes:
3/8 (4/0). 1/2 (5/0). 3/4 (6/0).
You've seen football jigs before, just never
"Everything I know about or ever needed in a football
jig is made possible in this jig design." - Russ Bassdozer
Before making my flat football jig head, I first designed my
original flat shakey head with no collar and no weedguard, just a
free-swinging wire corkscrew clip to rig a worm or soft bait. As
simple as my flat shakey head looks, it is optimized in every way
possible to be the best, and I am happy to have received many
emails from satisfied customers about their success with that
Once I had perfected my flat shakey jig, and had gotten a lot
of confirmation back from customers worldwide and all across the
USA and Canada, I was sure then that it was a solid design.
So you can see in the following photos how I then evolved my
flat shakey jig into a flat football jig with weedguard.
Everything I know about or ever needed in a football jig is
made possible in this jig design.
The stand-up flat football shakey head (two on left) was
forerunner to the weedless stand-up flat football jig (two on
right) with perfect fiber weedguard (needs no trimming) and my
signature triple cone cut keeper collar with 1,080 degrees
(360x3) of bait-holding power. (Note: Items sold separately.
Paint and flake colors shown may not be currently available.)
Football jigs are the "off-road vehicles" or
"ATV's" of jig heads, meaning the wide head lets them
rumble and crawl across rough bottom, gravel, rocks that would
snag more streamlined jig styles. The broad-shouldered football
shape is too wide to drop into small cracks or crevices. With
football jigs, the hammer head shape helps keep the jig from
falling into cracks or gaps between rocks that eat other jigs
If a football jig does drop into a larger crevice, the head
will be too wide across to fully wedge all the way deep down. The
crosswise football shape does not let it get too deeply snagged,
so you can usually shake or jiggle a loosely-stuck football jig
out of snags.
The "T" formation (that the head and the collar
make) helps the jig resist rolling over, and the "T"
shape causes the jig to perch on top of rugged bottom rubble
rather than wedge its nose into debris. The football jig is at
its very best on hard bottoms, gravel, sand, shell, in any and
all rocks (especially round "river-washed" rocks as
opposed to square chunk rock). Speaking of rivers, the football
shape is incredible to bounce bottom in a flowing current or
Where a football jig is not best to use, a football is usually
not as easy to fish as an Arkey jig in brush, standing timber,
stumps, laydowns (or whatever wood), and the football jig fouls
miserably in most vegetation.
The shape of the Flat Football jig head can look different in
the photos depending on the the camera angles at which photos are
taken, but these are football shape jig heads with a flattened
face plate. Available in three sizes: 3/8 oz with a stout 5/0
Mustad Ultra Point hook; 1/2 oz and 3/4 oz sizes both have a
heavy 6/0 Mustad Ultra Point hook. (Note: Items sold separately.
Paint and flake colors shown may not be currently available.)
These have a premium Mustad UltraPoint round bend hook model.
Recommended Gear: These jigs are best used with medium
to medium/heavy gear from 10 to 16 pound test mono, fluoro or
braided line. The hook is stout, but it is not intended for heavy
flipping gear or heavy braided line.
Between the triple cone cut keeper collar, the in-line
fiberguard, the heavy Mustad hook, the stand-up action, nosing
down on bottom in a feeding posture, the plowing and climbing
action, lift-and-fall glide, and strike-triggering slamming
action, it's clear that this is no ordinary football jig.
- Triple Cone Cut Keeper Collar Each of three cones on
the keeper collar have 360 degrees of gripping power. When a
skirt is used, the first cone keeps the skirt securely in place.
The second and third cones provide an additional 720 degrees of
grip that will keep a soft plastic trailer bait in place better
than any other collar style.
- Stand-Up Action Obviously it can stand up, but the
overall action due to the flat face plate is a lot more versatile
than just standing. The jig only stands at rest. When the line is
pulled, the "pull point" of the line tie eye lifts the
head up so it crawls or glides across the bottom with a tight
line. When you stop pulling the line, it noses down and stands up
again. Most people refer to this tail-up standing posture
as a craw in a defensive stance. Every time you stop pulling the
line, it noses down on bottom and stands up again. However, this
is also exactly how fish feed, by nosing down over a meal on the
bottom. Even bass feed this way, by putting their noses down,
their tails high up, in order to pluck a meal off the bottom. So
the tight-line, sliding, gliding and then sudden stand-up action
and nosing down when the line is relaxed, that's exactly how fish
feed on the bottom - and if there's one thing that infuriates
bass, it is to see a smaller critter brazenly feeding in front of
them. It causes a pecking order instinct reaction from the bass
to peck or strike the jig that's "feeding" out of turn.
- Plowing Action Another action, found only on
Bassdozer's football jig due to the flat face plate, is plowing
the bottom. When you drag standard football jigs across the
bottom, they can really only bounce. There's no other action.
Think of standard football jigs as four wheel drive trucks that
can drive across rugged terrain. When you drag this flat football
jig across the bottom, it plows and pushes. Think of that
off-road truck again, but this time envision a snow plow on it.
That's the difference between this jig versus all other football
- Climbing Action We just covered plowing action, and it
is important to understand that by plowing, I do not mean
digging. Just like a snow plow on a truck will not be able to
move forward if the plow digs into hard bottom, neither will a
flat football jig be able to move forward if its flat face digs
into hard bottom. Unfortunately, many other brands of flat
footballs are ill-designed that way. They dig rather than plow.
Some anglers do not like flat football jigs as much as fully
rounded bottom football jigs for that reason. They like how
the standard, round-bottomed football jigs roll over rugged
bottom and they feel that flat footballs lose some of that
ability to roll over and move forward across rugged bottom. It's
true that many other brands of flat football jigs drive all their
forward energy into forcing the flat surface to dig and grind
into the bottom, and that creates a constant struggle or
difficulty to move other flat-faced jigs forward (compared to
round-bottom football jigs). Quite simply, my flat face is
designed to stand up semi-vertically at rest. When pulled
forward, it reverts to a horizontal posture, and the angle of the
flat face no longer lays flat so it doesn't grind (instead it
climbs) over rugged bottom. It will even climb through brush
amazing swell! The flat face of my jig (and the line tie pull
point) are designed so it climbs effortlessly across rugged
bottom and through brushy cover.
- Lifting Action The angled face plate also causes lift,
and that's a very good thing. Constant rising off bottom and
settling back to bottom are what small fish, crawdads and other
bottom creatures do constantly. It's their major mode of
movement. Most do not just drag their carcasses across the
bottom. The lifting and falling glide of the flat football jig
mimics the most common rise-and-fall movements of all bottom
- Slamming Action As the flat football jig lifts off
bottom, it does not lift too far. So it will slam the flat face
plate head-on into any hard objects that are raised slightly
higher than the bottom. This sudden full frontal impact shock -
or "slamming" action is an incredible strike trigger.
L to R: 3/4 (6/0). 1/2 (6/0). 3/8 (5/0). Black gold color. (Note:
Items sold separately. Paint and flake colors shown may not be
With silicone skirts, the first rung of the triple cone cut
keeper collar holds the skirt in place, leaving two rungs with
720 degrees of grip to hold any soft plastic trailer securely.
Without a skirt, the triple cone cut keeper collar has a full
1,080 degrees of grip lets you rig any soft plastic securely.
Rigging methods shown above, from top down (items not
included with item for sale):
- With silicone skirt and Yamamoto's Pro Double Tail (16L
- With silicone skirt and Yamamoto's Flappin' Hog trailer.
- With Gary Yamamoto Kreature rigged skirt-to-front.
- Another good option is Yamamoto's Flappin' Hog - either by
itself, or with Yamamoto's mini soft skirt (shown) ahead of it.
- With Yamamoto's Double Tail Hula Grub (97-series shown) is
another awesome option.
Which Rigging Method When?
It's hard to say exactly when or why to pick which one of the
five (or many other) rigging methods shown above. Honestly,
they're all somewhat similar. Many days, fish may hit them all,
in different colors. At other times, you may get a day, a week, a
season when you seem to do better with one versus the others, and
it may flip-flop back and forth which seems to out-produce the
other, but there's really no way to say for sure. Just try 'em.
Whatever seems to work best, that is the right thing to throw at