As bass baits evolve and get better at attracting bites from green fish, they also get more irresistible to redfish. On a trip this week, I found that was definitely true with shaky heads.
Fishing these upright jigheads is ultra-productive in lakes and impoundments, particularly when conditions aren't the best, but few anglers fish shaky heads in coastal, tidal areas. I set out to see what would bite them, fully expecting to have success with bass. What I found, though, was redfish are major fans of the rigs.
That didn't mean the bait setup was without its limitations, however. I discovered a big negative to using shaky heads in one particular setting.
My fishing setup was a medium Shimano Curado spinning rod with a Shimano Ultegra 2500. Spooled on the reel was 20-pound-test fused braided line with 12-pound-test Seaguar fluorocarbon. Terminal tackle was a 1/8-ounce Strike King stand-up shaky head with an unsalted watermelon candy Zoom Trick Worm.
The day's conditions included strong northwesterly winds and low, dirty water with very little tidal movement.
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