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Friday, August 10, 2007

• Went to Bass Pro today; Shakey Head Discussion

I had to go along with my brother to BPS today. He needed to look at some hunting stuff. Afterwards, I took him by the reels and shot the breeze with the guy at the counter. I picked up some Hot Sauce grease and some 1/4oz Spot Remover Pro shakey head jig hooks. I wanted a shakey jig that had a screw on the head. I have been using the regular Spot Remover jigs, but they tend to come off the head of the plastic easier.

So I'll talk a little bit about what I've learned about shakey heads. There are a variety of jig head shapes, but I like how the Spot Remover stands upright. It's a good finesse technique that has given me a new found appreciation for jigs and fishing slow.

The technique as explained to me:
Cast out, let 'er drop, and sit. Shake it lightly with the rod tip. Don't hop it (although sometimes you can't avoid a hop or two or three). You want to bring it back using the rod more than the reel. You can twitch in whatever sequence you are comfortable with. You can pause as long as you want. So pick your own twitch pause rhythm and repeat. It works better in spots where there isn't a lot of weeds. I tend to deal with a lot of hydrilla. I let the bass chew on it for a bit and then set the hook similar to the 1-2 count with frogs. I have gullet hooked one fish and gill hooked another thanks to a late hook set, but I suppose that's the risk you run.

The rig I have preferred:
I chose to use my BPS Prolite with the Finesse rod. I spooled on 12lb Gamma Edge fluorocarbon for sensitivity's sake. You've got to try fluoro. You feel nibbles a lot better. (edit) I've traded in Gamma Edge for P-Line Halo.

The plastics I'm trying:
The popular plastic for this technique seems to be a Zoom finesse worm or something similar. Strike King has a good one too. The key for me is to pick something that is more likely to float and stick up for a good shake and shimmy. I have also found brush hogs, a custom swimbait, and Zipper lizards work well this way. I want to experiment with Lake Fork Craws, 4" and 5" Renegade worms, tubes, and floating Stanley Ribbits. Those craws tend to drop on their side in my practice in about 8 inches of water in the bath tub. Fill up the tub and tie on your plastic of choice with about three to five feet of spare line and bounce it across the bottom to see what kind of action you'll get.

Good? Great.

EDIT 1-9-2008
ESPN Boyd Duckett article on shaky head

Please go here and read that post as I no longer support nor shop at Bass Pro Shops.

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