AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open and Bass Fishing with Swim Jigs

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re beginning with coverage of the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open, and later, we’re heading over to Choke Canyon Reservoir where Wade Middleton is throwing Secret Lures Swim Jigs!

Coming off a successful event at Kentucky Lake last month, the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is off to a hot start this fall. Now, the schedule brings them to Lake Dardanelle in Russellville Arkansas for the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open! Central Arkansas is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise, and the Association of Collegiate Anglers has been contesting premier no-entry fee tournaments on Lake Dardanelle for nearly a decade. This year is no exception, and Lake Dardanelle is producing incredible bags of fish for anglers as they cross the stage to weigh in. On just the first day of tournament competition, Cameron Smith and Cole Breeden of Drury University weigh in a whopping 19.90LBS, giving them a commanding lead going into day two at the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open! The pressure is on as we head into day two, and we join several teams on the water as they reel in fish after fish. Will Cameron and Cole hold on to their lead, or will another team catch a giant at the last minute and clench the first place title? Tune in and find out!

To close out this show, we’re joining Wade Middleton at Choke Canyon Reservoir where he’s throwing a Secret Lures Swim Jig in some rather cloudy conditions.  Swim jigs are a great bait for covering lots of water, you can impart a lot of action on them, and they’re great for generating strikes and showing you where the fish are in the water. The Secret Lures MVP Swim Jig is available in three different sizes, with a multitude of weight variations, which allows you to switch up your presentation styles. The sizes include the North version, which is 1/4oz with a 5/0 Medium Mustad Hook, The South – A 3/8oz with a 4/0 Heavy Mustad Hook, and the HD, which is a 1/2oz with a 5/0 Saltwater Hook. Each of the sizes are designed with lifelike features and come in a plethora of skirt colors. As Wade will say, “Swim jig fishing will actually wear your arms out a little bit because you’re imparting a lot of action on the bait, and you really have to let the fish tell you what’s going on, but once they do, that bite on a swim jig is one of the most exciting bites you can have.” Tune in and see how the Secret Lures Swim Jig performs on the water today!