If you aren’t familiar with shaky heads, you probably should be
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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